Former Kingman resident Alvin Lloyd Bell died Monday evening, June 28, 2010, in Cheyenne, Wyo.; he was 71. Al was a resident of Kingman from 1980 to 1993 until he and his wife moved to Mesa, Ariz., to be nearer to doctors. Following the death of his wife Mary in 1997 Al moved to Texas to live with his brother Larry. In 2008 Alvin and Larry moved back to the city of their birth, Cheyenne, to be near family.
Alvin was born Aug. 4, 1938, in Cheyenne. He was the second of six children born to Loyd Bell, a ranch hand, and Thelma Irene Wakefield Bell, a devoted mother.
In 1956 Alvin graduated from Cheyenne High School. Shortly after graduation Alvin enlisted in the United States Navy and served his basic training in Great Lakes, Ill. During his enlistment he visited such ports as Hawaii and the Philippines. He served honorably for four years in the Navy being stationed both in Naples, Italy, and Norfolk, Va.
In 1961 Al married Patricia France and together they had three daughters, Cheryl (1961), Glenna (1962) and Terri (1963). They later divorced. Al remarried on Jan. 12, 1971, in Cheyenne to Mary Louise Curry.
Before his retirement Al worked a variety of jobs that included General Cable, North American Van Lines, Mobile and The Ramada Express. Together, with Mary they provided foster parenting to over 300 Arizona children in Kingman between 1980 and 1993.
During Al's time on earth he enjoyed things such as bowling, traveling and reading. He was a member of First Southern Baptist Church, at that time on Sixth and Oak and Masonic Lodge No. 22, and participated for years with Special Olympics.
Alvin was preceded in death by his father, Loyd Bell; his mother, Thelma Wakefield Bell; his wife, Mary Louise Bell; and a stepdaughter, Jackie Louise Gale.
He is survived by his daughters, Cheryl Hunter of Laven, Ariz., Glenna (Bob) Buettner of Gilbert, Ariz., and Terri Mann of Scottsdale, Ariz. He is also survived by his brothers, Larry Bell, Leroy (Patricia) Bell and Delbert Bell all of Cheyenne, and his brother, Melvin (Judy) Bell of Kingman, and a sister, Wanda (Gene) Vandervoort of Prescott, Ariz. He is additionally survived by 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and lots of other extended family.
Funeral services for Alvin will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 5, at the Latter-day Saints Stake Center on Eastern Avenue. He will be interred at Mountain View Cemetery.