Rial Alden BlackSeptember 14, 1925 ~ July 26, 2017 (age 91)
R. Alden Black passed away July 26, 2017 in St. George, Utah. He was born September 14,1925 in Hurricane, Utah. He was the eldest of six children born to Rial and Kathleen Isom Black.
Alden grew up and attended high school in Hurricane. He married Mary A. Parkinson, his high school sweetheart, on October 23, 1944 in Hurricane, Utah. Their marriage was later solemnized July 18, 1970 in the St. George Temple. Mary preceded him in death August 16, 2012.
Alden served in the US Army in Europe during World War II. Upon returning home, he attended Dixie College for two years and then transferred to Utah State Agricultural College in Logan, Utah where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree and, later, a Masters in Education Administration. The family moved to Panguitch, Utah in 1950 where Alden began teaching shop, science, and FFA. He continued a career in education, serving as principal for Panguitch Middle School and then Panguitch High School. Alden went on to serve as the Vocational Curriculum Director for Garfield County, retiring from that position in 1989.
In the summers, Alden worked for the US Forest Service and continued to work for them in his retirement. He enjoyed being in the mountains - hunting, fishing, camping, and searching every year for the best blue spruce for the family Christmas tree.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He worked hard and taught his children to do the same.
He is survived by his children: Kay Lynn (Theron) Roundy, Nampa, Idaho; Larry (Jayne) Black, Richfield, Utah; Mary Ann (Don) Adams, North Platte, Nebraska; and David (Fran) Black, St. George, Utah; siblings: LaRae Matheson, Laura Bennett and Richard Black; 14 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his parents and two siblings.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 12:00 Noon in the Panguitch 2nd Ward Chapel, 200 North 400 East, where friends may call from 10:00am - 11:30am. Burial will be in the Panguitch City Cemetery with military rites by the Panguitch American Legion Post #25 and Utah Honor Guard. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com