Blair Thorpe, 83, of Malad, Idaho passed away on November 3, 2010 of causes related to pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by his family.
Blair was born on May 6, 1927 to Edgar and Blodwin Evans Thorpe at the family home in Malad. He was the third of five children. Blair spent summers on the farm in Ireland Canyon and during the winter the family lived in Malad. Blair graduated from Malad High School in 1945 and attended BYU for one semester. He also served in the US Air Force.
On August 27, 1952 he married Sharon Bloxham Thorpe in Downey, Idaho. Their marriage was solemnized in 1953 in the Logan, Utah Temple.
Blair was employed by the Idaho Department of Transportation for 35 years and enjoyed working with many good friends. He retired in 1993 to help care for his daughter Tammy who was battling cancer. Blair also farmed his land in Ireland Canyon up until 1990.
Blair was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was a faithful home teacher for many years and also served as financial clerk and in other “behind the scenes” positions. He was a great example of honesty for his family and always “told it the way it was.”
Family was the center of Blair’s life. He enjoyed several vacations and reunions with his family. Blair and Sharon’s family home continues to be the center of activity for their children, 22 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. They will all miss Grandpa at the Rook table.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sharon; children, Dotty (Brent) Evanson of Malad, Ed (Paula) Thorpe of Malad, Terri (Robert) Harris of Logan, UT, Roxanne (Shaun) Albretsen of Malad, and Gia (Steve) Haycock of Malad; 22 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Neva Rae Cambareri of Boise. He was preceded in death by his daughter Tamara (Tammy) (Mark) Price; siblings, Thurman Thorpe, Ralph Thorpe, and Mary Lou Thorpe.
Funeral services will be held Monday, November 8, 2010 in the Malad LDS 4th Ward chapel (20 S 100 W) at 12:00 noon. A viewing will be held Sunday, November 7, at Horsley Funeral Home, 132 W 300 N in Malad from 6:00–8:00pm. and again on Monday morning from 10:30-11:30 am prior to the service at the funeral home. The Family suggests donations be made to the Oneida Education Foundation, Tammy Thorpe Price Scholarship Fund, 250 W 400 N, Malad, Idaho 83252. Condolences may be sent to www.horsleyfuneralhome.com