Jeffrey Dale Blakely, 49, of Ririe, passed away Sunday, July 7, 2013, at his home.
Jeff was born May 9, 1964, in Idaho Falls to Warren Dale Blakely and Arline Stone Blakely. He was raised in Ririe, where he worked moving sprinkler pipe on his uncle's farm or making pizza at Heise Hot Springs.
After graduating from Ririe High School, Jeff started college at Idaho State University (ISU) in Pocatello and began work at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). He moved up from maintenance to SWAT. He was currently working as a landscaper for Season's West.
Jeff had such a joy for life. His first love was motorcycling. He raced for many years and rode throughout his life. In 1999, he built his home near Heise and lived there until the time of his death.
On Dec. 21, 2007, Jeff married his beautiful wife, Annette Ransom. Together they rode up and over every mountain they could climb. They spent every summer camping with their family or working in their beautiful yard together. Jeff's laughter will ring in our minds forever.
Jeff is survived by his wife, Annette; a stepdaughter, Heather (Tyson) Barney; a stepson, Christopher Cole; two grandchildren, Peyton Barney and Kiptyn Barney; a brother, Mark (Jody) Blakely; half brothers, Shane and Mitch Blakely; half sister, Danielle (Chris) Stedham; his father, W. Dale Blakely; his mother, Arline (Jerome) Bowen; his grandmother, Ruth Stone; a nephew, Staton Blakely; six stepsisters; two stepbrothers; and cousins, Jeré Smith and Cheré Morgan.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank and Doris Stone and Warren and Dee Blakely; and an aunt, Cheryl Codding.
A gathering will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 12, at Wood Funeral Home East Side, 963 S. Ammon Road.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Idaho Falls Humane Society, 444 N. Eastern Ave., Idaho Falls, ID 83402.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.