THAD NAT ALDER, JR.
October 16, 1936 – May 18, 2022
Thad Nat Alder, Jr. was born October 16, 1936, in San Antonio,
Texas, the second child of Thad Nat Alder, Sr. and Lottie Steiner Alder. His parents
preceded him in death. Nat was often called “Bubba” by his older brother, Kenneth M.
Alder, and younger sister, Janice Bartosh Scott, as well as by his many cousins and
Nat attended San Antonio Public Schools and graduated from Brackenridge High School
in 1955, serving on the Cheerleading Squad at the school. He attended college at Palo
Alto Jr College in California where he pursued his love of art and architecture. Nat
served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1956 to 1962. Very quickly, Nat found his dream
job in the Insurance Industry and rose to Assistant Vice President for Claims at USAA
in San Antonio, retiring around 1996. He often said his success in business was his
ability and good luck in surrounding himself with good people. He was highly regarded
by all the people he worked with and indeed with his fellow man.
Nat met and married the love of his life, Carol Ann Comeaux, on September 17, 1960
and they celebrated 61 years together. Nat and Carol Ann were married at Baptist
Temple Church in San Antonio and they were lifelong Christians following the Baptist
tradition. The Alders welcomed a son, Christopher Scott Alder and daughter, Kirsten
Ann Alder Daggett. Chris is married to Leesa Dawn Alder and they have one son, Trey
Anthony Alder; the Daggetts have three sons: Christian Daggett, Carlton Daggett and
Nat loved to design, build and renovate things and he had quite a workshop at each
house wherever they lived. Nat’s talent for building and repairing seems to be
inherited by Chris while Kirsten has his talents for artistic design. Bubba has many
cousins scattered amongst the Rogers, Billingsley and Jennings families as well as
nephews and nieces and their growing families.
During his early life and youth, Nat spent many summers on family land with cousins
on the Frio River in West Texas, surviving many childhood “adventures”! This enjoyment
of river life continued on into his adult years and he and Carol Ann enjoyed leisure
living in a house Nat designed on the banks of the Guadalupe River. Family and friends
loved to visit the Alders in the multilevel house Nat designed like a “bird house”,
quite remarkable! Nat was much loved by his family and was known as a quiet but fun
person to be around and always ready to plan the next Family Reunion. He was always
helping; while others enjoyed a family gathering, he would be “doing the dishes in
the kitchen”, a loving, giving soul. Somehow he almost never became angry but was
always supportive and helpful to family and friends. Nat and Carol traveled a good
amount in retirement but always enjoyed the pleasures of home and family.
Nat died peacefully on the evening of May 18, 2022 following a time of injury and
“fell gently into the arms of Jesus”, surrounded by loving family.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, on Tuesday, May
24, 2022, at Porter Loring North Chapel.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2022
PORTER LORING NORTH CHAPEL
Interment will follow in Coker Cemetery.
Porter Loring North
2102 N. Loop 1604 East
San Antonio, TX 78232
Published on the Porter Loring website May 2022.