Alfred Carey, 99, was born August 6, 1915 in Hinckley, Utah
to Richard Read Carey and Sylvia Stout, and passed away
in Omak, WA June 13th, 2015 from the effects of old age.
He deeply wanted to live as long as his mother, who passed
away at the age of 101 but missed his goal by slightly over
a year. As a child, his family lived in Provo, UT; Berkeley,
CA; and Keeler, CA.
While in school, he tried a number of ways of earning money,
including pedaling newspapers at the Bamberger railroad
stop on Center Street in Provo, and also moving the local
ward's milk cows to the ward pasture every morning and back
every night. When older in his teens, he worked at harvesting
Christmas trees in the winter in Rock Canyon, selling them
to raise money. He graduated from Provo High School in 1933
during the Great Depression years. Eventually he joined
the Civilian Conservation Corp and spent the next 18 months
helping to build retaining ditches in the upper reaches
of the Wasatch Mountains east of Utah, Salt Lake, and Davis
counties, flood control dams in the valleys, and the Aspen
Grove amphitheater on the eastern slopes of Mt. Timpanogos.
He always enjoyed the mountains while fishing, climbing
Mt. Timpanogos numerous times, and hunting in the many mountain
ranges throughout Utah. He met his future companion, Helen
Grosvenor, in Long Beach, CA in 1937 while she was working
as a housemaid and he was working in an aircraft factory.
They were married in Dakota City, Nebraska on April 9, 1938.
Two children were later born, Thomas on April 2, 1939, and
Diane on April 2, 1941, both in the Holy Cross Hospital
in Salt Lake City. Dad served in the Utah National Guard
and US Navy, and worked for the US Post Office and US Labor
Department until his retirement. Upon retirement in 1970,
Dad and Mom moved from California to Ponca, Nebraska, where
Mom grew up. They bought a small farm where Dad enjoyed
working the land and pheasant hunting with his favorite
dog, a beautiful Irish Setter.
He is survived by his children, Thomas Allen Carey (Karen
Tibbitts) of Alpine UT and Diane Elaine Robinson (Wallace
Robinson) of Okanogan, WA; 10 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren;
and 39 great-great-grandchildren. He was proceeded in death
by his father and mother, Richard Read Carey and Sylvia
Stout Carey; 4 brothers, Richard 'Dick' Wilson (Elaine Inez
Smith) Carey, Kenneth (Teddie) Carey, Robert 'Bob' Richie
(Margaret 'Micky' House) Carey; a sister, Larene Carey (Samuel
Blumenfeld); and youngest brother, David.
Funeral services will be held Friday, June 19, 2015, at
11:00 am at the Alpine 11th LDS Ward Chapel, 98 East Canyon
Crest Road, Alpine, Utah. Family and friends may call Friday
morning from 9:30-10:30 am prior to services at the church.
The family expresses great appreciation to the Apple Springs
and Welcome Home facilities in Omak, WA who provided loving
care to Dad in his final years.