Alfred Truelson Best, 87, Payson, Ariz. resident, died in Payson Nov. 9, 2003. He was born Dec. 21, 1915 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Mr. Best loved life and enjoyed his military service in the U.S. Army in World War II, and training young boys and preparing them to serve their country.
After his military discharge, he went into business with his brother, Howard, in Salt Lake City, and owned Salt Lake City Commercial Service Company.
Later, Mr. Best went to the Navajo Indian Reservation to teach and train the Navajo men to use good building equipment to construct warehouses and other buildings. The chief liked him and gave him the name "Hos-tend Nez," which means "tall man come again."
He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Jewell Margy J. Best of Payson; sons: Randolph A. Best of Phoenix, and Harold C. Best of N.C.; daughters: Anita Lynn Best of Phoenix, and Larraine Agnes Best of Seattle; grandchildren: Tyler Best and Britt Best of Phoenix, and Samantha Best and Ali Best of N.C.
Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 14, at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.
Donations can be made to RTA Hospice, 107 E. Frontier Street, Payson, AZ 85541.
Arrangements by Messinger Payson Funeral Home.
He loved the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and is happy to be in his Kingdom.