On Thursday, July 15, 2021, Alan Kay Anderson, loving husband, father, brother, and friend, passed away at the age of 87 in Boise, Idaho. He was born to Algot Edgar and Alice Betty Ralph Anderson, their second child and only son on October 9, 1933. He grew up in Salt Lake City and learned the love of Industrial Arts and wood working from his father at an early age. This was to become a gift that he shared selflessly throughout his life. He graduated from South High School and went on to the University of Utah where he graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He joined the Navy and attended Basic Training in San Diego. He completed his duty with honors.
He met the love of his life and partner for eternity while in high school. Kay and Luceal were sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple by President David O. McKay on June 28, 1955. They lived in Washington, DC, Hawaii, New York, Connecticut, and Colorado before settling near their parents in Salt Lake, working for Sperry Rand (later Unisys) for 30+ years.
Here they raised their family of three children: Douglas Kay (Kitty Sue), David Curtis (Shannon), and Peggy Luceal (Brett). These were years of camping, hiking, motorcycling and togetherness. He presided over his family with love and set a great example of steadiness in his testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Dad was a Scoutmaster and Young Men’s leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints many times over. He was a kind and caring leader to many young men as well as his family. He also served as a temple worker in the Jordan River Temple. He loved the mountains, and he loved his family. Bringing the two together brought him great joy.
Mom and Dad were inseparable. They were complementary to each other in so many ways. Mom loved to quilt, so dad built her beautiful oak quilting frames. He was always finding ways to make something to make her life easier or better.
In 1997, he retired from Unisys and Mom and Dad moved to Nampa, Idaho, to be closer to their children and grandchildren. He relocated his shop and took up wood carving, making pens, and other beautiful woodwork of all kinds.
Of all his works however, he was most proud of his posterity. They brought him great joy. He is survived by his wife, his three children, 13 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at the Deer Flat LDS building (7809 Deer Flat Road, Nampa, Idaho) with a viewing at noon. Interment will be on July 28, 2021, at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise with full military honors, under the direction of the Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett.
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