Blaine W. Dunkley, 91, our father, grandfather and friend, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family April 22, 2013.
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He left a legacy of love, service and charity. He was born April 3, 1922, to Lester LeRoy and Rosella Lowe Dunkley, in Whitney Idaho. He attended High School in Preston, Idaho. After high school graduation, he served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the New England States Mission. Three weeks after returning home, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he was stationed in several places in California and Washington for 26 months.
Blaine fell in love with his sweetheart, Beth Smith, of Preston, Idaho. They were married June 19, 1946, in the Logan LDS Temple. They began their married life together in Logan attending USU Agricultural School, then moving to Idaho Falls to attend commercial dental school. He started and owned Cache Valley Dental Laboratory.
Blaine and Beth are the parents of five children, Julie Low (Jay B.), Craig (Cindy), Kevin (Lisa), Kent (Teri) and Jan Allen (Paul) with 26 grandchildren and 50 great-grandchildren who love and adore their grandpa.
Blaine was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served in many callings. He was the first bishop of the River Heights 1st Ward, where he made many of his lifelong friends who have meant so much to him over the years. Blaine and Beth served two missions to Fresno, Calif., and served 6½ years at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building on Friday evenings.
Blaine will be remembered for many things including his love of the scriptures and the way he taught the gospel with love and humility. Dad was a gardener at heart. He grew a beautiful vegetable garden every year which he shared with many. Cantaloupe was his favorite.
No matter who you were, family or friend, he was always glad to see you. Blaine loved people. He made everyone feel like they were his very best friend. He was the best father and grandpa anyone could wish for. He always had time to listen, encourage, and praise. He looked for the good in everything and in everyone. He had a keen sense of humor and loved to make others smile. He will be greatly missed. We love you dad.
He was preceded in death by his sweet wife Beth, brother Mack and sisters Zelda Taylor and Eunice Perry. He has one sister still living, Francine Oliverson (Glen).
As a family we would like to thank all of the Hospice nurses and aids for all of their tender loving care they showed to dad, and Angi Blauer for her dedicated service and love.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the River Heights Stake Center, 800 S. 600 East in River Heights. A viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Allen-Hall Mortuary, 34 E. Center St. in Logan, and again from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the stake center. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Allen-Hall Mortuary.
Condolences may be shared online by visiting www.allenmortuaries.net.
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Published in Logan Herald Journal from Apr. 25 to Apr. 26, 2013