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"I love you forever and will forever miss you Granddaddy...."
- Zachary Ward
Deseret News, 01/02/14
Blake Neale Aland passed away on December 28 at the LDS Hospital from acute myloid
leukemia.There was no kinder, sweeter, or more patient man than Blake. He loved his
family, his church, and his work. And he was deeply loved and respected. He was a good man
and a happy man. He was born to William Levi Aland and Iva Ruth Montee Aland on August 5,
1922 in Pegram, Idaho. He spent most of his boyhood in Montpelier, Idaho where he
graduated from high school. He studied auto mechanics at Idaho State University and became
an automotive engineer. In 1942 during the Second World War he was drafted into the army
and assigned to the Air Force Reserve. He served in Reykavik, Iceland and Ipswich, England
for 33 months.
On November 28, 1945 Blake married his true love Marie Loveday in the Salt Lake Temple. He
adored and cherished her for 68 years. Together they cared for, loved, celebrated, and
cheered on 4 children.
Blake's career was spent in the oil and gasoline business; first as a service station
owner in Montpelier, Idaho. After a move to Salt Lake City in 1958, he eventually became
vice president of the Caribou Four Corners Oil Company and was instrumental in changing
the company's name to Maverik. He was also vice president of Call Air, Inc. and
president of Trailside General Stores.
He valued his membership in the LDS church and held many positions such as bishopric
member, young men president, ward clerk, high priest group leader. He loved working at the
Jordan River Temple. He was a very bright, thoughtful man with much wisdom, and he had
He was happiest when he was golfing (particularly with his son), boating with his family,
family parties, and family travel. Family was most important to him and he kept an eye on
everyone. He made a mean tuna sandwich.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and his daughter Mary Lyn
Wiggins (Tony). He is survived by his wife Marie; children: Nancy Rigby (Larry), Jan
Crockett (Craig), and David Aland (Lynn); 14 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 4 at 12:00 Noon at the Cottonwood 11th
Ward, 1830 East 6400 South. Friends may visit family members from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday,
January 3 or from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. January 4 at the church. Interment will follow at
the Salt Lake City Cemetery. Funeral Directors Russon Brothers Mortuary. Online guestbook
Published in Deseret News on Jan. 2, 2014
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