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Dr. Robert J Blain, Ed. D.

08/05/1931 - 07/05/2019

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Robert J Blain passed away on July 5, 2019.  He was born on August 5, 1931 in Spring City, Utah to Cloyd Blain and Martena Jorgena Sorensen.  When he was a young boy, his family moved to Sunset, Utah.  He graduated from Davis High School.  After high school, Robert served an LDS mission in the Northwest States mission and served in the US Army.

After the military and a brief time working as a telegraph operator for the Union Pacific Railroad, he met and married Catherine Joan Moser on September 19, 1958, in the Logan Temple. Sadly, Catherine was taken from us much to soon in an automobile accident in 1973. Robert met and married a fantastic second wife, Judith Ann Sneed on July 3, 1975, in the Salt Lake Temple.

Robert was a life-long student and educator.  Earning his bachelor, masters and doctorate degrees, He taught many vocational classes and mathematics.  Teaching at the then Church College of Hawaii, Wasatch Junior High School in the Granite School District, and completing his career at Salt Lake Community College.  He was also an active leader in the Granite Education Association and the Utah Education Association.

Robert’s other passion was service in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He served many years as a temple worker in the Laie, Hawaii, Salt Lake and Jordan River Temples.  After retiring from teaching, he served various church service missions.  Serving at the Senior Missionary Training Center in Provo and the Conference Center in Salt Lake.

Robert is survived by his second wife, Judith Ann Blain, his children Jay (Kathy), Roger, David (Shellie), Joan (Rob) Scott, and Warren (Kristan) Byrd, thirteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  Preceded in death by his first wife Catherine and step-son Darren Byrd.

The family would like to thank the staff of Sunrise of Sandy who provided such tender and dedicated care to Robert in his final years.

Services will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., at the Larkin Mortuary, 1950 East 10600 South, Sandy, UT., 84092.  A visitation will be held on Friday, July 12, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the same location and from 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. on Saturday morning.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Donor Connect at Interment Sandy City Cemetery.

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  • Dear Judy,
    Kent and I extend our love and sympathy to you at this difficult time. Your devotion and care for Robert was so wonderful during these last years of his illness. What a blessing that he is now freed from his physical body to serve others on the other side with his great mind and testimony of Jesus Christ and His gospel. We are living in the Willamette Valley of Oregon and wish we were closer to attend Robert’s viewing and extend our love in person. May you feel comfort and peace!
    Laurel Lee and Kent Pedersen

    — Laurel Lee Pedersen
  • My sincere condolences to Roger and his family for the loss you have suffered. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family members during this time of sorrow. With love, Launa

    — Launa Goslee
  • Dear Judy and Family – it was so nice to read the obituary for Robert – he had amazing experiences in his life. We will always remember him and we have the greatest respect of how Judy took loving care of him for such a long time. Judy we hope you have more time now to take pictures of flowers in our neighborhood to make wonderful cards. I remember that when we would see Robert we would say “Nice to see you” and he would always reply “Better to be seen than viewed” but I guess that day has finally come. Your family is wonderful and our condolences go out to all of you. Rich and Kris Lambert

    — Rich and Kris Lambert

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