Leo Ray Alger was born on July 20, 1924, in Price. He was the oldest of five children born to Leo L. and Marie Price Alger. He spent his young life at the family farm in Cleveland (Utah), and at Moon Lake in the High Uintahs Wilderness, where his family developed the original Moon Lake Resort. As a young man, he led horse pack trips for tourists.
Ray graduated from high school in Price and attended Carbon College. He worked in the coal mines briefly and joined the U.S. Navy when World War II began.
Ray was an electrician, as were most of the men in his family. After the war, he homesteaded in Alaska, and worked in the Aleutian Islands on equipment for the United States government. He came to Moab after hearing about the uranium boom, and settled, opening his business, A & E Electric. After 40-plus years, he sold his electrical contracting business and retired.
Ray married Ellen Cairns Brock in 1960, in Moab, and helped her raise her three children. Ray always had horses and a few cattle on the side that he housed on his property. He trained, and when he was younger, jockeyed his own quarter horses and had many trophies and ribbons depicting wins on the racing circuit. He spent his retirement years at his home in Moab with Ellen, and traveling and racing his horses.
Ray is survived by his brother, Glenn P. Alger of Salt Lake City; daughters Katie Brock Hanway (Murray) of Moab; Bonnie Brock Walker (Ray) of Sandy; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and a large, extended family of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen; his son, James B. Brock; brothers, Reed and Boyd Alger; and sister, Janice Alger Cracroft.
Ray is remembered fondly, and will be missed by his family, and his many friends.
Services will held on Saturday, May 19, at 11a.m. at the Moab L.D.S. Church, 475 West 400 North. Viewing will be on Friday May 18, 6 to 8 p.m. at Spanish Valley Mortuary, 386 North 100 West, and one hour prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Grand County Food Bank in Moab.
Condolences may be sent to the family at SpanishValleyMortuary.com