Don Ray Alger passed away on January 30, 2024 in Cedar City, Utah at age 77. His many friends and family will miss him greatly but take comfort in knowing he lived a full life and is now released from the suffering he endured toward the end of his life.\n\nDon Ray was born in Cedar City on January 3, 1947 to Jay Don Alger and Lillis Elaine Rodabough. He grew up in Cedar City when it was still a small town, and became familiar with all the places young boys liked to play in town and in the surrounding foothills. Don Ray was well liked and cultivated countless friendships, many of which lasted a lifetime. \n\nAfter graduating from Cedar High School in 1965, Don Ray worked as a coal miner, a sheet metal worker, and a postal worker. Don Ray was an active member of the Iron County Search & Rescue for many years. But it was with the Utah National Guard that Don Ray found the vocation he loved most. Don Ray had always respected his father’s military service in World War II and he chose to follow in his footsteps. He began as a part-time Supply Specialist in the Guard then soon found full-time work as an Administration and Supply Technician for the “Triple Deuce” Field Artillery Battalion. Over time he was promoted to Personnel Sergeant, then Intelligence Sergeant, and First Sergeant of Headquarters Battery before becoming the Command Sergeant Major of the Second Battalion of 222 Field Artillery.\n\nWhile Don Ray loved horses and the mountains of Southern Utah, it was while serving in the Utah National Guard that he found the greatest satisfaction. His success with the Triple Deuce led him to become the State Operations Sergeant Major for the Utah State Headquarters for the National Guard. The capstone of Don Ray’s distinguished 44-year military career was his assignment as Commandant and Command Sergeant Major of the NCO Academy at Camp Williams. \n\nDon Ray is survived by his wife Jennifer Esplin Alger; his daughters Dani Alger Dickinson (Todd) and Toni Alger King (Matt); his brothers Mark Alger (Alene), Neil Alger, and Craig Rodabough (Anamarie); and his sisters Jolynn Carpenter (Glenn) and Lillie Thomas (Randy). He was preceded in death by both of his parents. The family expresses its appreciation to the staff of Zion’s Way for the hospice care they provided, and special thanks to his lifelong friend Sandy Webster who was close and caring to the very end.\n\nDon Ray’s life will be recognized with full military honors at the Cedar City Utah National Guard Armory at 1065 North Airport Road on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to either the Dust Devil Ranch Sanctuary for Horses or the Wounded Warrior Project.