[Photo courtesy of Spanish Valley Mortuary]

Albert C. Howe (Big Al) passed away on October 17, 2015, in Moab. He was 59 years old.

Albert was born on November 16, 1956, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Bernice Powell Howe and Ray G. Howe. Albert was the third of four brothers.

Big Al came to Moab in 1984, taking residence in the Moab red rock caves, always being the constant adventurer. He lived up in the caves until he came down into Moab proper, where he moved into a “Shafer” house, right across from the largest cottonwood tree in Moab. He lived in this house for more than 30 years, until his passing. Al loved the majesty of the red rock canyon, rivers and mountains. In the mid-1980s through the mid-1990s, Al was a top-grade river runner and guide for Jim Sarten’s North American River Expeditions.

Uncle Al was an artist of all five senses. He made signs for the Grand County cemeteries. Al cleaned and professionally prepared many native animal skulls that he found on the desert floor. Uncle Al was kind and generous, and would help anyone who needed help. He would give you the shirt off his back; he always willing to help anyone who didn’t have the physical strength to do things for themselves. He was a true adventurer, guide, river man, four-wheeler, woodsman, mountain man, survivalist, artist, and above all, a great uncle, brother, son and friend. My Uncle Al was such an amazing man. He will never be forgotten.

A special thank you to Gary, Russ and Auggie: You guys are blessings.

At Al’s request, cremation has taken place and a private service will be held at a later date.

Love you Uncle Al … Moose and Randy!

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.