Preston Blanchard Sr. passed away on December 27, 2010 in Tyler, Texas. Preston was retired after 38 years of military service both active and reserve. He also retired after 30 years of service as a coach and educator. He was a lifetime member of the Jennings VFW post, where he served as post commander for two terms, and a member of the Sulphur American Legion and a former member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. Preston loved sports, especially football. He was a avid reader and writer who loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and his dog Sam. Preston loved dancing, singing and visiting with others.
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He is survived by his wife, Diana Judd Blanchard of Tyler, TX; children Laurie Blanchard Doucet and husband Jimmy of Katy, TX, Vickie Blanchard Broussard and husband Roger of Lake Charles, LA, Preston "Abey" Blanchard Jr. and wife Monica of Hathaway, LA, Mark Blanchard and wife Ann of Dayton, TX, Chad Blanchard and wife Chrissy of Carlyss, LA, Kellie Blanchard, also of Carlyss, LA, Tobie Blanchard Phillips and husband Paul of Hampden, ME, and Melanie Blanchard Little and husband Lonnie of Tyler, TX; 25 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings - brother Whitney Blanchard; sister Ellen Loup; brother Wayne Blanchard; and sister Ruth Vigier.
Preston is preceded in death by his parents, Whitney O. and Alice Marie Martinez Blanchard; sisters Mary Blanchard Lawson, Dolores Blanchard Doss, and Annabelle Blanchard Bonvillion; and a brother, Lawrence Blanchard.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Raymond on Friday December 31, 2010 at 10 a.m. with committal to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held at Hixson Funeral Home of Welsh from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday with a rosary to be prayed at 7 p.m. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com
Published in Southwest Daily News from Dec. 30, 2010 to Jan. 6, 2011