Michael "Flathead" Blanchard
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Blanchard, Michael "Flathead"
1944 ~ 2012
A Celebration of the life of Michael "Flathead" Blanchard will be held on April 14th, 3 pm 8160 Rosemary St, Commerce City. Weary of reading obituaries noting someone's courageous battle with death, Mike wanted it known that he died as a result of being stubborn, refusing to follow doctors' orders and raising hell for more than six decades. He enjoyed booze, guns, cars and younger women until the day he died.
Mike was born July 1944 in Colorado to Clyde and Ethel Blanchard. A community activist, he is noted for saving the Dr. Justina Ford house from demolition and defending those who could not defend themselves. He was a Republican delegate, life member of the NRA, founder and President of the Dead Cats MC. He loved music.
Mike was preceded in death by Clyde and Ethel Blanchard, survived by his beloved sons Mike and Chopper, former wife Jane Transue, brother Stephen Blanchard (Susan), Uncle Don and Aunt Cynthia Blanchard(his favorite); Uncle Dill and Aunt Dot, cousins and nephews, Baba Yaga can kiss his butt. So many of his childhood friends that weren't killed in Vietnam went on to become criminals, prostitutes and/or Democrats. He asks that you stop by and re-tell the stories he can no longer tell. As the Celebration will contain Adult material we respectfully ask that no children under 18 attend.

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Published in Denver Post on Apr. 12, 2012.
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April 6, 2020
I hope you are now in full enjoyment of the next life.You sound like my kind of people.
Dee Sova
May 9, 2015
I do not know you, I am moved so many people posted wonderful messages fly with the Angels rest peacefully
Madelyn Woods
May 9, 2015
This is comedy gold.

RIP to an awesome person.
Richard Johnson
September 8, 2013
Baba Yaga is all yours now Mike. I'm sure glad she can hear you now. To those of you that have shared such kind thoughts...the family thanks you.
Susan Blanchard
August 26, 2013
Keep the rubber side down in the afterlife, man. It would have been an honour to have met you. I'll hoist one to your memory tonight. Maybe even more than one... ;)
Greg Hamilton
July 10, 2013
R.I.P. Flathead and thanks for the beautiful obit. I'm sure you will not mind....all I need to do is change some dates and names and I have my obit.
Bob Foy
July 10, 2013
R.I.P. Flathead.
harold chavis
July 6, 2013
Sounds like a great guy. RIP Mike.
Jeff Pierce
June 11, 2013
An honest obit. What a novelty. Sometimes it gags me to hear the minister,or others say, "He (she) never said anything bad about anyone, and was always such a calm and loving person." His obit is more like it.
Jerry G
April 4, 2013
A man I wish I'd known. An honest life, lived to it's best. Ride on, Mike. Fly with the angels.
P. Huffman
January 21, 2013
Raise hell in the afterlife brother...
January 14, 2013
That guy must have been awesome. Thanks for keeping his obit up.
Garv Dana
September 26, 2012
More of us should have such an honest, real obituary after our own passing. Sorry I missed meeting him. What a man.
Kate McGonigal
August 29, 2012
I think Michael and I would have gotten on famously. Rest in Peace brother.
Vince Turner
July 18, 2012
Finally a truthful obit. Get so tired f reading a page full of how wonderful and what accomplishments some one did. This man could have been a refreshing polictian. A honest man. Condolences to his family and may he R.I.P
D Nedell
July 17, 2012
What a wonderful obit. I wish I knew this man.
July 7, 2012
That is the best obituary I have ever read. I hope his life was as happy as that made me :)
June 27, 2012
I have showed this wonderful obituary to well over 50 people and have seen a big smile after each one finished reading it ! "Flathead" and I were born less than 30 days apart in 1944.
Rusty Sherrill
June 24, 2012
http://www.oldrussia.net/baba.html More than you might have wanted to know about Baba Yaga
mimi Handler
June 12, 2012
Didn't know you but yes I did. " A Free Soul always has many Friends , not always knowing, exactly , who they are .
Dave Read
May 25, 2012
R.I.P.oh thats funny, sence of humor and good story teller to the end!!! Darrin Moore Flint,Michigan
May 24, 2012
I never met him but I can tell from his obit that America lost a treasure. What a legacy!
Dave Colf
May 23, 2012
My kind of man and one hell of a message!
William Dressler
May 21, 2012
A true hero is honest till the end - I hope I go the same way!
May 19, 2012
My father died recently and now I wish I'd written something like this for him. He would have loved this. A simply splendid obituary. What an entertaining fellow Mr Blanchard must have been.
Shelley O'Rourke
May 17, 2012
this is one beastly guy... rip
May 17, 2012
Miss the guy and I don't even know him..
May 13, 2012
As I sit tonight sad at my fathers recent passing, I somehow came cross Flatheads story. Tears became laughter. My head is now filled with my fathers laughter. He's laughing so hard he has tears running down his face as Flathead tells his storys. Thanks for sharing Flathead with us all. "Guns, Booze and Woman. How Southern.
May 11, 2012
I don't know'em and i miss him
May 5, 2012
I'm sure Mike is raising hell in Kingdom Come. Here's to him.
Carl Kruse
May 4, 2012
Who's "Baba Yaga"?

R.I.P. Flathead.
May 4, 2012
try to R.I.P :)
May 2, 2012
Didn't know Flathead but wish I had. May we all leave the planet with as much moxie as he had. Thanks for reaching out to remind the rest of us that life's too short to have a bad time.
BF Deal
May 1, 2012
i will raise all kinds of hell in your Honor "flathead"
Nick Haldean
April 30, 2012
Thank you Michael "Flathead" Blanchard; a man I never knew, but will never forget.
J Avery
April 30, 2012
Sounds like a hell of a man, my loss for not having
met him. David McClendon- Marietta, Ga
April 29, 2012
Dad, Thank you for teaching me all the things you did! I wish there were more time to learn all things you know. I miss you.
mike blanchard
April 29, 2012
Best Obituary Ever....criminals, prostitutes and/or Democrats - classic
B Murphy
April 29, 2012
Never heard your name before today but, you have my eternal respect. "I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints"!
Tim Allan
April 26, 2012
God loves a man who IS his brothers' keeper.
Ken McDonald
April 26, 2012
I agree with Russ.
April 25, 2012
I never knew you, but after reading this I'll never forget you.
April 25, 2012
I never knew you, but after reading this I'll never forget you.
April 25, 2012
I love this obituary. It's so refreshing to read an honest, funny obit. A true testament to the person he was, I'm sure! May you rest in peace, Flathead...

P.S...wish you were still around to vote :o)
April 24, 2012
I've never read a more witty obituary. What a great loss this must be to those that knew Flathead. I wish I'd had the pleasure of meeting him. Sounds like he had a full life doing the things he loved doing, we should all be so lucky.
Brenda Hamilton
April 24, 2012
Sounds like a guy a lot of us would've love to have known. Love the fact that he drafted his own obituary - what a hoot he must've been.
Eric M
April 24, 2012
We sure could use a lot more he-men like you, Flathead, esp. come 6 November. God bless & God rest...
April 24, 2012
Gayley Bedight this Gallant Knight,
in Sunshine and in Shadow.
Shadow said he,
Where can it be?
This Land They call EL Dorado
Ride, Boldly Ride, My Friend!
May God Grant You the Speed.
May others see the need.
Truly, you saw life for what it is, and ever shall be.
Find this place they call EL Dorado!

I didn't know you in life. Perhaps our paths will cross in death.
Scott Spangler
April 24, 2012
Same year I was born Flathead. God Bless!

Randy Barnes
Perryton, Texas
April 23, 2012
Sounds like a man I would have liked to have known. Too many people go about life living their life to please others. Via Con Dios
Fuzzy Knight
April 23, 2012
RIP, Flathead. Even Heaven needs Hellraisers.
Sargeant Schulz
April 23, 2012
I never met Flathead, but I wish I had. Having ridden bikes since 1966 I knew (and still know) a lot of guys just like him.
Live life on your own terms, don't hurt anybody who doesn't deserve it, and die with no regrets.
Dennis C. Ryan
April 23, 2012
Sounds like you had fun every single day of your life. Most people can't say the same. Hope I can when my time comes.
April 23, 2012
God Bless you! You sound awesome, I can only hope that at the end of my life, I can say I lived like this! Inspirational!
Michelle Kufta
April 22, 2012
God Bless America for those who live free
Don Mc Nichol
April 22, 2012
RIP You sound like an awesome man.
April 22, 2012
Ride on and stay FREE Forever, my brother. I still remember the Memorial Day Party, back in 1976. You and Bingo furnished the beef, and I furnished, the kegs of beer. Nederland-Colo. will never forget you. Brother Adam
Adam Farmer
April 22, 2012
Can anyone ask more from life?
David Wehrly
April 22, 2012
AMEN, Brother Flathead. Tell it like it is. God Bless your Heart. Love ya, gammyx3(Shelby, AL)
April 21, 2012
Having just been directed to this obit from my flathead ford site, I can see the world has lost a good man. Sounds like someone who walked heavy and didn't need a big stick. I hope this person is looking down at everyone now, laughing at this wonderful obit and probably ready to slam back a couple of overfilled shots. God bless and enjoy your rest, sounds like you lived the life of a man's man! RIP my brother, hope to meet you when it's my turn!
Robert Faust
April 21, 2012
I never met Mr. Blanchard but somebody sent me his obit and I just had to express my condolences to his family and loved ones. I wish I had had the pleasure of knowing him. He seems like someone I would have befriended had I met him. I respect and admire him for telling it like he saw it. May he rest in peace.
Chumbe Salinas
April 21, 2012
I never met Mr. Blanchard but somebody sent me his obit and I just had to express my condolences to his family and loved ones. He seems like someone I would have befriended had I known him. I respect and admire him for telling it like he saw it. May he rest in peace!
Chumbe Salinas
April 21, 2012
Tell it like it is...all that really matters is love!
Sunny in AZ
April 21, 2012
Well bless your heart for telling like it is. Ride like the wind. May your family always smile when they think of you.
Lucille Miller
April 21, 2012
This was a man I am sorry I did not meet. He would have fit right in at a place on the Gulf Coast: "Two Bubbas bar, grill and speed shop" Anyone who loved good booze, bad women and fast cars would have fit in there.
Earl Melton
April 20, 2012
I hope his friends and family are able to celebrate the life of a man who sounds like he was an absolute original! I'll raise a glass to him -- give 'em hell in the hereafter, Flathead.
April 20, 2012
God bless Flathead, his family, friends, and anyone who had the good fortune of ever coming into contact with him. Flathead is my hero and inspiration.
Kevin McKenna
April 20, 2012
my condolences to the entire Flathead family
steve pong
April 20, 2012
April 20, 2012
condolences to the family of Michael Blanchard. I will personally light many candles in your memory.
A glass will lifted in your honor by many.
Bob McKenna, Birmingham, Alabama
Robert McKenna
April 20, 2012
What a character! Sounds like an all around good guy and straight shooter. RIP, Flathead!
doug nelson
April 20, 2012
Love it! A man true to himself until the very end.
April 19, 2012
I'll be sure to crush a few in your honor this weekend my good Sir! I hope your loved ones can console them selves in the knowledge that even in death you were able to bring smiles to the faces of thousands around the world!
Jamie McCool
April 19, 2012
Sounds like a great man, who enjoyed his life.
April 19, 2012
Flathead, you sound like my kind of friend. On to Valhalla, brother, and raise hell on the other side!
Audrey Smilley
April 19, 2012
And here I thought I was running out of things to drink to! Thank you!
Mel D
April 19, 2012
Absolutely awesome! I wish I had known him!!!
Judy Durante
April 19, 2012
Sounds like you were cool Flathead. Sorry I missed knowing you. Glad you liked Music.
Marcia (Jackson, MS)
Marcia Weaver
April 19, 2012
You were a amazing man. Your memory will live on forever. You have touched many lives with your honesty and you're sense of humor. You will be greatly missed. I wish for peace and happiness to the family.
April 19, 2012
You are a man of great interest and adventure. Straight forward and honesty is how everyone should be. R.I.P.
Kevin G
April 19, 2012
Yes my new hero, saying exactly what you needed to say and to whom you needed to say it to. Sounds just like i would want mine to to say. I thinks its great .R.I.P. Flathead...R LOWE(medina,ohio)
Rob Lowe
April 19, 2012
I only wish I had the pleasure of knowing you. Rest in peace.

Toni (IL)
April 19, 2012
goodbye flathead...in your honor i will also ask that my funeral be at least PG13
-Cody Stark (Sacramento, CA)
April 19, 2012
I didn't know you but if I had, we could have been friends. RIP.
K Wilkinson
April 19, 2012
Wish we got to meet, but someday maybe we will - Peace
Jill Sisson
April 19, 2012
I now have a new hero! RIP, Flathead!
Doc Corbin
April 19, 2012
I love the fact you had input on your own obit I have been thinking of making a "death file" for years including a list of songs to be burned ona cd for all my friends God bless your family
tee ray
April 19, 2012
Tell Uncle Cliff and Grandpa Hi for me.
April 19, 2012
April 18, 2012
Great job with your life, Brother. I'll be looking forward to meeting you in "Fiddler's Green" somewhere down the road. USARV 67-68.
Rich Sharland
April 18, 2012
My condolences to the family. Such a lively soul is going to leave a big hole. Thank you Flathead for reminding us that life is to be cherished and lived to the fullest (and the nice chuckle I got from reading this very original obit!).
Andy S
April 18, 2012
You'd have loved Dallas, Texas, dood!
Dae Powell
April 18, 2012
Good sir, I have never met you and am actually located all the way across the country, but anyone who can make me laugh from the great beyond is one stand up guy. RIP sir, and condolences to your family and friends.
A.E. Wells
April 18, 2012
You rock!
Eric Van Horn
April 18, 2012
rock on! You lived life YOUR WAY
April 18, 2012
Flathead would have been among my best friends - - so sorry that I didn't know him . Peace to the family .
Charles Stuckey
April 18, 2012
I am very sorry that I never met him, he sounded like a great guy!!!!
C.J. Scharf
April 18, 2012
Thanks for the Chuckle, Flathead. God Bless and good luck in the great beyond.
George Gallitano
April 18, 2012
Sounds like my kind of guy. Wish I'd known him and hung out with him.
Dave Hershberger
April 18, 2012
Right on, my doctor yells at me every time my wife drags me in to see him. I must be doing something right.
Carl Backensten
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