Dr. Joseph Thomas Blake was born Jan. 24, 1919, in Provo, Utah, to James T. Blake and Emma P. Bunnell Blake. He died March 31, 2013, in Logan, Utah.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Mary (Rowley), brother Max Blake, sister Ruth (Blair), beloved wife of 63 years Grace Linn Ellis, and son and daughter-in-law James E. and Jerry Carey Blake. He is survived by five children and their spouses, Janice Evelyn (Coy) Hale, John T. (Lucille) Blake, Lynda Blake (David) Young, Bonnie Blake (Colin) Harrison, and Robert Joseph (Lupe) Blake; as well as 28 grandchildren.
Dr. Blake graduated from LDS Business College with an associate degree; BYU with a bachelor's degree; and Iowa State University with Master of Science, Ph.D., and D.V.M. degrees. As a professor at Utah State University from 1955-'82, Dr. Blake taught animal science and was a nationally recognized researcher in the field of bovine heart disease.
As a young man, he served an LDS mission in the East-Central United States, from 1938-'40. From 1985-'86 he served a mission to the Washington, D.C., area with his wife Grace. He was a lifelong active member of the LDS Church and served in various callings.
Dr. Blake served in the U.S. Navy
during World War II
. He was an avid golf player, and loved to travel the world with his spouse and family. He also loved music and enjoyed playing the piano.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 5, 2013, at the Grandview Stake Center, 1122 Grand Ave. in Provo, Utah. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 E. Center St., and 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Friday at the church prior to services. Interment will be in the Orem City Cemetery.
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