Was I lucky? Born September 18th, 1935 in Bingham Canyon, Utah, in the US of A. The best town – in the best state – in the best country in the world.
Parents were Hugo J. and Dora L. Newman. Self-educated, hard-working, honest, caring parents of six children. They supported and raised the family, even though physically handicapped. The greatest parents – I’m lucky.
Brother and sisters: Betty, Carol, Beverly, Bob, and Deenie are the greatest. Honest, hard-working, and helpful to family and friends.
Schools, which today are not considered adequate, gave me a great education: Washington Grade School, Horace Mann Jr High, and West High School. Berniece Thomas a great teacher that talked me into completing high school. Am I lucky?
Wife – talk about luck. Sandra Naisbitt married me on April 6, 1957. We started college the same week and she worked with me, went without, scrimped, and saved (gave birth to my first son) so we could complete 6 years of school and a law degree. And after that she remained the greatest wife in the world. I am Lucky.
Children – Hey it just gets better. Rodney, our first son, a hard-working businessman that has been my boss for many years, shares his life with his loving partner Elizabeth and her son Julian. Rodney also gave me two amazing grandsons with their families. Lucas and his wife Misty and their son, Ronin and then Cole, his wife Madison, and their children Vincent and Violet. Michelle Wilson, my great daughter. Beautiful inside and out and will always be my “Mitchie Gal”. She married Michael adding more to the great family. Grandson Jamen and his two children, River and Aurora, and my fantastic granddaughter Sabra. Brant Shawn Newman, my last child and super son and friend. His wonderful wife, Hilary, and their amazing son, Chase, and talented daughter, Tess. They live in Oakland, California and we miss them every day. All great people and citizens that we are proud of. I am a lucky man.
Friends – I have been extremely blessed over the years. Great people spanning from high school days to many fun-loving and life-long friends and work associates. Many other golf and handball buddies including my best golf buddy today, John Little. I could go on for pages. Just lucky.
As I add to this later, I must say that most of my luck came from my Sandy. We, as of now, have shared 64 years of marriage. The love has endured and increased each day. Sandy, my life was great because of you.
An intimate graveside service will be held on Friday afternoon for close family and friends. A public celebration of life will be held open to all who loved him on Friday June 25th, 2021 from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm at Canterbury Place in Bountiful, Utah. We ask those who plan to attend to dress in bright colors, as those are what look the best on the golf course.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that as our dear Lucky Al would say: "please, pay it forward."