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Gail Blanchard

Gail Blanchard - Bidwell Funeral Home of St. Anthony, Idaho
Gail Blanchard

   Gail Blanchard, 78 of Chester moved peacefully from this life to the next on the 16th day of August, 2014.

He was born April 29, 1935 at his present home in Chester Idaho, where his parents Arlo Murle and Mary Brenchley Blanchard farmed.

He attended schools in St. Anthony, graduating from South Fremont High School in 1954. He served an LDS mission in the Northwestern states from 1956-1958. The mission area included Oregon, Washington and Alaska.

He married Jacqueline Peck on December 4, 1958 in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They were later blessed with five wonderful children. They were a great help in managing dairy cows and sheep over the years as they were growing up.

As an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints he served in many positions, including Bishop of the Chester Ward from 1978 - 1984. He and Jacqueline also served an LDS mission to Nevada Las Vegas mission and also served as ordinance workers in the Rexburg LDS Temple.

He enjoyed teaching and working as a school administrator in the Fremont School District from 1966-1996. The students, fellow teachers, and administrators were a pleasure to work with throughout those thirty wonderful years.

He enjoyed spending time with his family. He and Jacqueline stressed to the children the importance of the family and the church in their everyday life here upon this earth.

Survivors include his wife Jacqueline of Chester, children Lisa (Broc) Thompson, Rexburg, ID, Lori (Ben) Owens, Palmer, AK, Brenda (Bryce) Francom, Taber Alberta, Canada, Shane (Jenilee) Blanchard, Chubbuck, ID, Eric G. Blanchard, Salt Lake City, UT, 19 grandchildren, 13 Great Grandchildren and 2 on the way, and a sister Harriet (Garth) Hill, Salem, UT. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by one sister LaWana and three brothers Daren, Dee, and Lane.

Funeral services will be conducted August 21, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Ashton LDS Stake Center with Bishop Michael McDonald officiating. Friends may visit at the Bidwell Funeral Home Wednesday August 20 in the evening from 6:30 - 8:30 pm and 1 hour prior to the services at the Ashton Stake Center. Burial will be in the Pineview Cemetery.

 

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