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Alder, Clifford Louis

Courtesy photoClifford Louis Alder

Clifford Louis Alder passed away on Sept. 28, 2007. Clif was born in Berkeley on July 28, 1956. He went to Kensington Hilltop School and then moved to Incline Village, Nevada, where he graduated from Incline High School in 1974. Clif attended the University of Southern California, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, was an active member of the Theta Xi fraternity and a volunteer in the Los Angeles school system.

A lover of the outdoors, Clif pursued his passion for skiing, sailing, traveling and flying. Clif was a professional ski instructor at Boreal Ridge and Northstar at Tahoe. He earned his private pilot’s license and began to fly mail in a single-engine plane, through sleet and snow, throughout Nevada. Clif continued to add to his certifications and in 1983 became a pilot and later a Captain for Continental Airlines. Clif was qualified to fly DC-3, DC-10, 727, 737, 747, and 757 aircraft.

In his spare time, Clif designed and built four homes in the Lake Tahoe area, sailed his 30-foot Erickson and 47-foot Beneteau in the waters of Lake Tahoe and the Pacific (San Francisco to Mexico and Marina Del Rey to Catalina), and enjoyed many days on Lake Tahoe in his classic powerboat, “Cavu Days.” Recently, Clif and his beloved wife, Erin, flew together in Clif’s seaplane to Alaska and back and journeyed to Roatan to scuba dive together.

Clif was known to his family and friends as a friendly, outgoing, fun-loving, talented, brave, and compassionate guy. He leaves behind his cherished wife, Erin, his loving mother, Patricia J. Alder of Playa Del Rey, and father, Dr. Charles K. Alder of Danville, California, his sister, Stephanie Marion Zetah, and niece, Joanna Lynn Zetah of Tempe, Arizona, uncle and aunt, Drs. Berni and Esther Alder of El Cerrito, California, and aunt, Dr. Benne Alder of Davis, California, and countless cousins, including Kenneth, Daniel, Larry, Janet, and Heidi, and friends throughout the United States.

Clif always felt spiritually uplifted on the ski slopes and in the sky. He fought valiantly to overcome his illness. We hold Clif in our thoughts with one of his favorite sayings, CAVU: clear atmosphere, visibility unlimited!

Please join us as we commemorate and celebrate Clif’s life. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007, at Aspen Grove, 960 Lakeshore Blvd., Incline Village. Family and friends are welcome to attend closed casket visitation from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Truckee-Tahoe Mortuary, Truckee, California.