Blair Earl Spaulding, 88, of Rupert, passed away Monday, April 2, 2012, at Valley Community Living Center in Rupert.
Blair was born March 25, 1924, in Thorton, Idaho, to Earl Eli and Gladys Vie Thomason Spaulding, the oldest of eight children. He lived in the Independence area growing up.
He served in the Army Air Corp from 1943 to 1947, as a crew chief during World War II.
On August 16, 1944, he married Betty Jeanne Walker in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They lived in Ririe, Heise and Blackfoot, then homesteaded north of Rupert in 1956.
He farmed and drove a truck in the winters, built farm equipment, overhauled engines, and could repair anything.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in the Bishopric, as Explorer Leader, Gospel Doctrine teacher, Ward Missionary Leader and many other callings. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, motorcycles, snowmobiles, boating, and was a private pilot. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends; working hard then playing hard.
Blair is survived by his children, Blair Kent (Mary Ann) Spaulding, Bruce (Linda) Spaulding, Brian (Joy) Spaulding, Berry (Celia) Spaulding and Bobra (Chris) Jensen; 35 grandchildren; 88 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Vance Spaulding, Ray Spaulding, Brent Spaulding and Errol Spaulding; and sisters, LaVonna Perry and Charlamae Jacobson.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; parents, Earl and Gladys Spaulding; sister, Rosalee Warner; and granddaughter, Trenna Spaulding.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 6, at the Heyburn LDS 1st Ward, 530 Villa Drive in Heyburn, with Bishop Brock Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow at Paul Cemetery, with military rites by the Mini-Cassia Veterans. A viewing for family and friends will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, April 5, at Hansen Mortuary, 710 Sixth St. in Rupert, and one hour prior to the services Friday at the church.
The family would like to thank the Valley Community Living Center for their loving care of Blair.