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William L. Alder

02/21/1939 - 12/27/2019

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“I have gone to cavort with the towering cumulus leaving behind my beloved and cherished wife, Judi; plus two loving and magnificent children: Bryce R. Alder and Melissa J. Shaughnessy (Todd). Also surviving — and thriving — are three extraordinary and beautiful grandchildren: Olivia Claire Shaughnessy (Isaac), Maya Kathryn Shaughnessy, and Rachel Elizabeth Brooks. Beyond this, I want my obituary to be concise and inexpensive. It should be succinct and factual. Remember, nobody cares about fluffy trivia, for example, the elementary school I attended, my love of (most) spiders, the weather, etc. Thanks to my loved ones.”

Per Bill’s request, no formal services will be held; however, an informal celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Sunday, January 5, at 2:00, at his daughter’s home, 4169 South Fortuna Way, Salt Lake City. Feel free to join us and share a funny story or two from Bill’s extraordinary life.

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  • Oh Bill- with the deep sexy voice on the phone- I will miss your warm greeting every time I called Judi to see if she was available to raise hell with me. May you indeed become a cloud explorer extraordinaire, and your beautiful soul rest in forever peace -waiting to be rejoined with your loving and awesome family. It was a pleasure to know you! Chris Zollinger

    — Christine Zollinger
  • Bill Alder was an expert meteorologist and wonderful friend. When he retired from the National Weather Service in 2000 the Deseret News published a well-deserved tribute to him (see: https://www.deseret.com/2000/11/27/19540809/fair-skies-william-alder). Bill shared his knowledge, excitement and love of Utah’s weather with everyone. His contributions to the science of Utah’s weather and climate was extensive and his professionalism exists in many weather-related books and publications. Bill loved people and cared about all those around him. He was a fantastic mentor to me and many others. God bless you Bill for the happiness and kindness you brought to so many people throughout your life.

    — Clayton Brough
  • Whoops!
    As much as this Bill Alder would have loved this lovely tribute by THE Clayton Brough, he is not the Meteorologist, Bill Alder. He did indeed love the weather but was by profession a licensed social worker employed by the State of Utah for well over fifty years.
    Judi Alder

    — Judi Alder

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