Jack Curtis Alderson LUBBOCK-Our beloved husband and father, Jack Curtis Alderson, died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at the age of 83 years young, surrounded by his wife and children. Jack was the youngest son of Walter G. and Ora Alderson. He was born on Feb. 5, 1930. A consummate athlete and scholar, Jack was a graduate of Lubbock High School receiving many academic and athletic honors including president of the student body, All Westerner Boy, and the highest Honor Boy Graduate. He went on to study at Texas Tech University where he was president of the Silver Key Fraternity (Phi Delta Theta), a member of Tau Beta Phi (Honorary Engineering Fraternity), and captain of the Texas Tech basketball team. He graduated with honors with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and was inducted into the Texas Tech Athletic Hall of Honor in 1999. Upon graduation from Texas Tech, Jack enlisted in the USAF. He married Patricia Ann Abernethy in 1952. Upon leaving the Air Force, Jack joined his father and brother in the family automobile business. Jack was a civic and spiritual leader in Lubbock as well as a national figure in the automobile industry. His contributions include: president of the Lubbock New Car & Truck Dealers Assoc.; President's Dealer Advisory Council Member, General Motors Cadillac Division; board member of the Texas Tech Foundation; board member of Methodist Hospital Foundation; vice-chairman of the United Way Campaign; vice-chairman of Market Lubbock, Inc.; and president of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce. He was a lifelong Christian leader, teaching Sunday school classes, Bible studies, and Lay Witness missions all around West Texas. He was a founding member of Young Life of Lubbock. Jack is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia; four children; eleven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. They include Gail Alderson Smith and her daughter, Kaitlin; Beth and Tony Cardinal and their children, Jessica and Riley Shaw, Kimberly and Zach Rabon, Allyson and Brian Best, and John and Regan Cardinal; Paige and Steve Siege and their children, Ashley and Hunter Harris, Carly and Sean Cantu, and Cody Siege; David and Lisa Alderson and their children, Lauren, Emily, and Lily. Jack also leaves behind his beloved sister- and brother-in-law, Sharon and Robert T. Knowles, along with six nieces and nephews: Suzie (Mrs. Pete) Baker, Sandy Eulich, Lynn (Mrs. Bob) McGoldrick, Craig Alderson, Bruce Alderson, Kay Alderson Kuhn, Scott Knowles, Tracy Knowles Magers, and Lindsy (Mrs. Hans) Devouassoux. Our family would like to thank the caregivers who have contributed so richly to Jack's life over the past two years, especially Verlinda Clark, Eva Gomez, Gloria Canady and the caring professionals at Hospice of Lubbock and Visiting Angels. Family and friends are invited to share with the family at a reception at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers on Sunday evening, Nov. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. A celebration of Jack's life will be held at First United Methodist Church on Monday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. A tribute of Jack's life may be found at www.memorialdesigners.net, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lubbock Area Foundation in honor of the Alderson Family or Hospice of Lubbock. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. - Psalm 23: 8.
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Lake Ridge Chapel And Memorial Designers
6025 82Nd St
Lubbock, TX 79424
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Nov. 15 to Nov. 16, 2013