Alden Lanier

Jul 13, 2017 From staff reports

Alden B. Lanier died Sunday, June 25, at his home in Pavillion. He was 59 years old.

Instead of burial, he requested that his remains be cremated. Afterwards, the family will hold a private service in his memory. Additionally, a separate memorial service for his Georgia family will be held at a later date at the Lanier family farm in Metter, Georgia. There, as per his wishes, his ashes will be returned to the earth.

He was born Dec. 13, 1957, to DuBignon and Mildred Lanier of Albany, Georgia. He grew up swimming in the local creeks and springs, hunting, fishing and wrangling snakes, which he kept in pens in the back yard.

"He was known for his antics, and you never knew what he might do next," loved ones recalled.

Skipping college, he dove into business with his own tree service, before deciding to make a go of it in restaurants. With little to no experience, he convinced a man he could turn around his failing French restaurant, and he did just that: It became the go-to place for business lunches and dinners.

Eventually, he left Albany for brighter prospects elsewhere.

"His outsized personality and flair with food served him well," his family said. "But by the mid-90s he had lost his appetite for the stress of big city restaurants. He turned his sights westward.

"A big man with an even larger personality, Alden was always ready with a joke, an anecdote or a wild tale," they continued.

For many years as a chef and restaurant manager in Georgia, South Carolina and Washington, D.C., "he never lost his way in a kitchen," they said.

"Even when he moved to Wyoming in the 90s to work in the dude ranch trade, he was known for his cooking as much as his horsemanship or marksmanship," they recalled.

In 2000 while managing the Lazy L&B Ranch outside of Dubois, he met Toni Bulow. They wed in 2004, and he was blessed with a son by marriage, Coulter, in the bargain. They expanded the family in 2011 with the birth of son, James.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be given in his memory to the donor's choice of charities.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home (

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