Al McLeod passed away on December 19, 2022, at home in Moab, surrounded by family at the age of 84.

He was born on May 4, 1938, to John and Ann McLeod in Buffalo, New York. As a child, Al loved riding his bike to Niagara Falls and helping his grandfather who worked as a carny at county fairs. After high school, he moved to Denver, Colorado, for the warmer weather. Two of his three brothers and his mother soon followed. 

Because of his love of cars, he was in a car club where he met his first wife, Barbara Gordon, with whom he had five children. During these years, he served in a MASH unit with the Colorado National Guard. Al loved working as an electrician, later became a master electrician, and eventually an electrical contractor. 

In the late seventies, he and his family moved to Moab for outdoor recreation and a slower pace of life. Al’s favorite activities in Moab were river rafting and long hikes with his five kids in tow. After marrying his longtime friend, Cynthia Smith, the two shared 30 years of joys and sorrows, which included many memorable river trips and family gatherings.

Al was an avid audiophile with the ability to build his own speakers and stereo systems. His love of music also led him to DJ at KZMU Radio.  

Al was a Grand County Council Member for eight years, as well as serving on the Grand County Public Library board for 16 years. He also served on the Grand County Airport Board.  During his time on these boards, a new facility was built for each.

He entertained his family and friends with his sharp wit and sense of humor. He also had many stories to tell of his life and could discuss politics for hours. He wanted to live in the moment each day and encouraged others to do the same. 

Al was preceded in death by his son, Ian; daughter, Heather; and brother, Fred. 

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia; his children, Allison Bolender, Eric McLeod, and Anitra McLeod; stepsons, Christopher Kauffman (Adrea), Glen Kauffman and Joel Kauffman (Pam);  grandchildren Zachary and Jocelyn Bolender; Ethan, Tesse, and Joseph McLeod;  Noah Kauffman; Grant, Abbey, and Max Kauffman; Sarah, Elisabeth, and John Kauffman;  and brothers John McLeod (Cheryl) and Rick McLeod (Sandy).

The family would like to thank Dr. Ken Williams at the Grand County Hospice for many years of care. 

At Al’s request,  cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time. A celebration of his life will take place next year.

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