Alan Shields Albert died Jan. 4, 2014, at his home in Cedaredge. He was 96.
He was born Aug. 13, 1917, and grew up in the San Luis Valley in Moffat. He attended school in Moffat and received religious instruction in Pueblo. He graduated from Moffat High School in 1936. He attended Colorado A&M in Fort Collins for one year and earned a bachelor's degree from Western State College in 1941.
At the beginning of World War II, Mr. Albert joined the Marines. After his discharge he returned home to obtain his first teaching job at Red Cliff Union High School in December 1945. During his 33-year career in education he taught social studies, band, chorus and third grade in Eagle County. He was a basketball coach and principal.
He retired in 1978 and moved from Minturn to Cedaredge where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, skiing, square dancing and smoking his cigars and pipes. He tended to several rental properties.
He was mayor and town council member for the Town of Red Cliff for 18 years. He was chairman of the Red Cliff Water and Sanitation District. He was also active in his church, the Masons and the Eagle County Education Association. As a member of the Surface Creek Valley Historical Society, he dressed as a marshal and served as a guide at Pioneeer Town in Cedaredge.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Louise Barber Albert; four children, Sandra (Mike) Rose of Eagle, Robin (Ben) Benallie of Blanding, Utah, Alexander Albert of Escondido, Calif., and Susan (Brent) Hanna; and nine grandchildren, Briar Rose of Chicago, Baily Rose and Michael Rose II of Denver, Troy Benallie of Logan, Utah, Ayla Benallie of Salt Lake City, Ashkia Ani (Tarl) McCallson of Ogden, Utah, Alana Benallie of Provo, Utah, Lily Hanna and Abigail Hanna of Grand Junction.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Otis Albert; and a sister, Jeannette Paine.
A memorial service will be held at Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church Saturday, Jan. 11, at 1:30 p.m. Interment will be at Rito Alto Cemetery in the San Luis Valley on Memorial Day weekend. A memorial event will be held in Red Cliff at a later date.
Memorial contributions can be made to Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church, Red Cliff Church for Christians, Surface Creek Valley Historical Society or the Heifer Foundation.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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