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D. Elmo Alexander Obituary
1916 ~ 2012
D Elmo Alexander passed away on August 4, 2012 at the age of 96. D was known as Red by colleagues at the BYU Press, as Alex while serving in World War II, and as Dee by family and friends. D was born on February 29, 1916 in Panguitch, Utah. His parents were Rosella Matilda Bell and Thomas Murphy Alexander, Jr. He was the youngest of six children.
D loved growing up on the farm in Panguitch and herding sheep. Following graduation from Panguitch (Garfield) High School, he went into the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps). D entered the Army in November 1943 serving in the 91st Infantry Division in North Africa and Italy. He received the Bronze Star for saving the life of a fellow scout.
He began his career in printing in Panguitch where the Garfield, Kane, and Piute County Newspapers were printed. Following the war, he returned to the print shop and then moved to Provo, Utah and worked in the Herald Printing shop. D worked at the BYU Press as a linotype operator and compositor from 1950 until 1981 when he retired. D was widely known as the "walking dictionary" at BYU. He received the Governor's Craftsman Award in 1977.
In 1956 he purchased a home in Provo, Utah and lived there until shortly before his passing. In 1960 D married Helen Anderson. Helen's daughter, Marilyn Nelson, became part of D's family. Marilyn passed away in 1997 and Helen in 2001.
D was a gentle, kind man with a wonderful sense of humor, a great ability to tell stories, and a never-ending willingness to help through volunteer work which he did in the kitchen at the Orem Senior Center from 1980 until 2011. He will long be remembered for his Dee-caffeinated coffee and personalized service! He enjoyed the companionship of many friends there. For many years D also enjoyed raising chickens and pheasants.
D is survived by nephews and nieces: Winafred (Merriner) Jones, Chihuahua, Mexico; Ben (JoLene) Alexander and Archie (Nadine) Alexander, Santaquin, Utah; Earl (Mary), Roy, Utah; Tom (Marilyn) Alexander, Provo, Utah; Melvin (Sandy) Alexander, Clinton, Utah; Evelyn (Richard) Sharp, Sunnyvale, California; and Maitland (Earlene) Spencer, Salt Lake City, Utah.
D is also survived by his long-time neighbor, friend, and caregiver Barbra Hoge. Special thanks go to friend Elsa Lindley who provided many meals and hours of companionship over the last eight years. Appreciation is extended to the administration and staff at Orchard Park Health and Rehabilitation Center for their loving care during the last few weeks of D's life.
Friends and family may attend a viewing at Berg Mortuary, 185 East Center Street, Provo, Utah on Friday, August 10, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 12:00 noon in Panguitch, Utah where D will be buried with military honors next to many friends and family members. Condolences may be emailed to info@bergmortuary.com.


Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Aug. 8, 2012
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