Deseret News, 01/02/14
Blake Neale Aland passed away on December 28 at the LDS Hospital from acute myloid leukemia.There was no kinder, sweeter, or more patient man than Blake. He loved his family, his church, and his work. And he was deeply loved and respected. He was a good man and a happy man. He was born to William Levi Aland and Iva Ruth Montee Aland on August 5, 1922 in Pegram, Idaho. He spent most of his boyhood in Montpelier, Idaho where he graduated from high school. He studied auto mechanics at Idaho State University and became an automotive engineer. In 1942 during the Second World War he was drafted into the army and assigned to the Air Force Reserve. He served in Reykavik, Iceland and Ipswich, England for 33 months.
On November 28, 1945 Blake married his true love Marie Loveday in the Salt Lake Temple. He adored and cherished her for 68 years. Together they cared for, loved, celebrated, and cheered on 4 children.
Blake's career was spent in the oil and gasoline business; first as a service station owner in Montpelier, Idaho. After a move to Salt Lake City in 1958, he eventually became vice president of the Caribou Four Corners Oil Company and was instrumental in changing the company's name to Maverik. He was also vice president of Call Air, Inc. and president of Trailside General Stores.
He valued his membership in the LDS church and held many positions such as bishopric member, young men president, ward clerk, high priest group leader. He loved working at the Jordan River Temple. He was a very bright, thoughtful man with much wisdom, and he had great faith.
He was happiest when he was golfing (particularly with his son), boating with his family, family parties, and family travel. Family was most important to him and he kept an eye on everyone. He made a mean tuna sandwich.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and his daughter Mary Lyn Wiggins (Tony). He is survived by his wife Marie; children: Nancy Rigby (Larry), Jan Crockett (Craig), and David Aland (Lynn); 14 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 4 at 12:00 Noon at the Cottonwood 11th Ward, 1830 East 6400 South. Friends may visit family members from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, January 3 or from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. January 4 at the church. Interment will follow at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. Funeral Directors Russon Brothers Mortuary. Online guestbook at russonmortuary.com.
Published in Deseret News on Jan. 2, 2014