BLANTON, Zane 89, of Plant City died Sept. 9, 2013. He was the son of the late Bernard and Eva Cone Blanton. He is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara Cundiff Blanton. Other survivors include his daughters, Cheryl Bachelor, Donna Van Slambrook, Stacy O'Donovan; stepchildren, Diane Fleming, Vicky Conner, Kim Wilhjelm, Jim Roark; 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Miriam Scott. He was preceded in death by siblings, Frances Trammell, & Bernard and Kenneth Blanton. The Blanton farm was one of the oldest farms in Hillsborough County. Zane was a WWII U.S. Army Air Corp Veteran and a dedicated member of the Plant City Elks Lodge, holding several officer positions. Zane was a member and past president of the Plant City Noontime Rotary Club, where he was recognized locally and nationally for 52 years of perfect attendance as a Rotarian. He was also a member of The Cattleman's Association, the Republican Party and The First United Methodist Church of Plant City. Zane had been a rancher, a citrus grower and developer and was an avid big game hunter. The family will receive friends 10:30-11:00 Saturday, Sept. 14 at the First United Methodist Church of Plant City, where a Memorial Service will be held at 11 am. A reception will follow at the St Peter's Episcopal Church's social hall in Plant City. Donations may be made to Plant City Noontime Rotary or The Plant City Elks Lodge. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Sept. 12, 2013
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