Happy 80th Birhday!: Larry E. Blanch

Saturday , March 11, 2017 - 10:00 PM

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Larry Earl Blanch was born March 1, 1937, in the Dee Memorial Hospital in Ogden, Utah. He was the sixth child of Leonard E. Blanch and Adelia A. Tracy. He grew up in the farming community of West Weber where he learned the value of hard work.

He attended West Weber Elementary School, Walquist Junior High School and graduated from Weber High School in 1955. He attended Utah State Agricultural College, now Utah State University, for two years before serving a two-year mission for the LDS. Church in the Central States Mission. Upon returning home, he completed his Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education at Utah State University in 1961, and began his teaching career.

Larry married Joanne F. Wheeler on February 12, 1960, in the Logan LDS. Temple. They are the parents of seven sons: Todd (Heidi), Bryce (Pamela), Layne (Julie), Lynn (Anna), Terry, Brian (Dawn), and Brent (Nichol). They have 30 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Larry, his wife and children celebrated his birthday with a dinner at Maddox Ranch House.

Larry taught elementary students for 36 years in various schools in Weber County, retiring in 1997. While teaching, he served in many leadership positions including President of the Weber Education Association, Utah Education Association Board of Trustees, and The Utah Professional Practices Commission. Since retiring, he has served as President of the Weber Retired School Employees Association, President and member of the Executive Board of the Utah Retired School Employees Association, plus several other leadership positions. He is currently area coordinator for AARP in Weber and Morgan Counties and teaches the AARP Safe Driver Class.

Larry has served in many callings in the LDS Church and has served as an ordinance worker in the Ogden Temple for 14+ years.

Larry stated that his greatest accomplishment was the responsibility given to him to oversee the planning and erection of a monument honoring the men and women who served in the military of the United States from the West Weber/Taylor communities. This endeavor took over six years to accomplish.

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