The Obit For Arlen Alderman

Arlen Lewis Alderman

Published in StatesmanJournal on April 28, 2010

Arlen Lewis Alderman June 30, 1937 - April 25, 2010


REDMOND - Arlen Lewis Alderman passed away at his residence in Redmond, Oregon. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, May 1 at 12 p.m. at Prineville Funeral Home Heritage Chapel. Charlie Hughbanks will be officiating.

Private graveside services were held at Juniper Haven Cemetery. Arlen Lewis Alderman was born June 30, 1937 in La Grande, Oregon. He and his family moved to Prineville, Oregon in 1940. He attended all 12 grades in Prineville.

Throughout elementary, Junior High and High School, Arlen was an avid & skilled athlete. He excelled in both basketball and baseball. He broke the basket ball scoring record three times and also the baseball pitching record several times. He was considered the best High School Baseball player in the State. He graduated from Crook County High School in 1955. In 1955,

Arlen received a full ride on a baseball scholarship, to the University of Oregon in Eugene.

Arlen played 5 years of pro-baseball beginning in 1956, when Cleveland Indians signed him and sent him to Yakima. He came to Salem the same summer to play for the Salem Senators under Hugh Luby. The senators sold him to Kansas City, who brought him up to spring training, and sent him to Crowley, La. From there it was Lewiston Idaho; Tucson in the old Arizona-Mexico League, and then back to Salem for 2 years.

In those days a player expected to bounce around in the minors for years and in 1960, Arlen was still considered a prospect, but late in the season, his wife Barbara who he married in June of 1958, became pregnant with their first child. Arlen "decided it was time to find stable employment".

He went into soft drink sales, at 7-Up first. After 5 years at 7-Up, in Salem, Arlen began working for Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company. He worked for Pepsi-Cola for 21 years, retiring in 1986 as the General Sales Manager. He moved to Central Oregon in 1986 after retiring.

Throughout his years at Pepsi, Arlen gave of himself both on and off the job. He donated his time - OR Pepsi products - to Salem and Keizer Little Leagues, M.I.K.I. Little League, Boys & Girls Clubs and Willamette University, the Salem Angels, and many, many schools.n He also started the Crook County Liars Club in Prineville. He loved anything with sports, cribbage, fishing, and enjoyed being with his family; antique hunting, and garage saleing.

Arlen was married twice during his life time. His first marriage was to Barbara Fite from 1958 to 1975. Together they had four children. The second marriage was to Margaret Engle from 1985 -1987.

He is survived by his four children, Mindy Alderman of Redmond, Oregon, Shelly France of Prineville, Dusty and his wife Carolyn Alderman of Sisters, Darren and his wife Marylou Alderman of Salem, Oregon; brother, Larry, and his wife Nicole Alderman of Madras. He also leaves behind 9 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Arlen was preceded in death by his mother, Gladys Younk; and his sister, Janet Alderman. Also by a son-in-law, Paul France.

Contributions may be made in his memory to an Account to be set up at the Bank of the Cascades, for an athletic Scholarship fund.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Prineville Funeral Home.