Community Giving

Alex Didier


“Some people go through life waiting for others to do things and for others to lead. Alex Didier was not one of those people,” reflects Brian Myres, chair of the CMCF Board of Directors in 2010.

Alex, the founder of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation, died on May 19, 2010. “I often remember him telling me about another icon in Central Minnesota, Bill Clemens of Bankers Systems, who above his steering wheel always had a note that said ‘do it.’

Alex was a visionary and an idea guy,” Myres says. “Those who worked with or lived with him all know he had a ton of ideas, and ‘let’s do it’ was a big part of his vocabulary. In fact, two weeks before he passed away, we had a great discussion about all the ideas that were coming to fruition at the Central Minnesota Community Foundation. As I left that day, I knew I probably would not see him again, but I knew I would be seeing his ideas come to life over the rest of my lifetime.”

A life well lived is one where this world is a better place when we leave it, and Alex Didier left the world having made significant contributions that will serve our area for generations to come.

In his words, “When it’s all said and done, your time, your money—all that will be gone. But if you handle things right, you will have left your mark. And that’s what’s lasting.”

Letter from the President (PDF) Alex Didier Eulogy (PDF)