Bruce's passing was just as he would have wanted, painless, quick, and after a day's work on his beloved acreage where he expressed his passion for forestry, gardening, and working between the earth and sky.
On September 17, 2016, at the age of 72, Bruce passed away peacefully in his favorite spot among his grove of trees at his home in Mount Shasta, CA. His passing was just as he would have wanted, painless, quick, and after a day’s work on his beloved acreage where he expressed his passion for forestry, gardening, and working between the earth and sky.
Bruce was born Feb 27, 1944, in Nevada City, CA to Clair and Marie Alder. His infancy was overshadowed by WWII and his family life was continually haunted by the ravages of Clair’s service in the War. In his early life Bruce firmly set his goal to marry and establish the loving, happy family that he had always longed for.
Along the way Bruce broke through barrier after barrier, being the first in his family to graduate from college (BS in Psychology, University of Utah, 1968) where he also completed two years of graduate work, and the first to complete a 2½-year LDS mission, serving faithfully in Northern Argentina -- paying his way by working a year in construction before leaving.
He met his cherished companion of 48 years, Vicki Roine Allred, on a blind date in January, 1968. They soon fell in love, were engaged 3 months later and married in the Salt Lake Temple in August that same year. Together Bruce and Vicki moved to Nevada and set about building the family he had dreamed of. Bruce supported their endeavors working as a social worker and administrator for the State of Nevada, where he served for 32 years and retired as the Head of the Department of Child and Family Services.
Bruce left a legacy of love and tenderness. We have lost a husband, a father, a grandfather, a conversationalist, an encourager, a number one fan, a best friend. The grief of his loved ones is surpassed only by our gratitude and awe at the transformation wrought by one good hearted, determined, impoverished little boy. Bruce continually attributed his happiness and humble successes to the teachings of Jesus Christ and direction provided by the LDS Church.
Bruce is preceded in death by his parents, Clair and Marie, his brother Wayne, and his brother-in law Denis Stuhff (Valerie)
He is survived by his brother Kenneth and sister Valerie Stuhff, his wife Vicki, his sons Bruce Junior (Jennifer), Cameron (Amy), Doug (Laurie), Brett (Jenica) and daughters Melanie, Adrienne Hales (Sam), Heidi Bigelow (Mark), and Elise. He will also be greatly missed by his 35 (soon-to-be 36) grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held this Saturday, September 24th, at 1PM at the LDS Church located at 214 N Adams Dr, Mt Shasta, CA, with the burial immediately following at the Mount Shasta Memorial Park.