Logan Herald Journal, 11/29/12
LEWISTON — Alma Blake Winward, 55, passed away peacefully after a sudden heart attack Nov. 26, 2012. He was born Sept. 10, 1957, in Preston, Idaho, to Alma and Bonnie Winward. He married Kimberly Doney on Sept. 20, 1979, in the Logan, LDS Temple. They were later divorced. He married Kim Robison, May 5, 2001, in Wellsville, Utah, and they were later sealed in the Logan, LDS Temple.
He graduated from Corvallis High School in Corvallis, Ore., in 1976. During his high school years Blake enjoyed playing rhythm guitar in his band Ukiah. He developed a love for music he enjoyed during his whole life.
At the time of his passing, he was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Lewiston 4th Ward. He served as an extremely effective missionary in the Pennsylvania Harrisburg Mission from 1977-79, where he had many fond memories. Many of his wonderful qualities were derived from his missionary service. Other church service included Elders Quorum president, bishopric executive secretary, Scoutmaster, single adult advisor, Sunday School teacher and most recently, in his most favorite calling, as a rockstar Primary teacher.
Blake loved automobiles and worked as a detailer, mechanic, auto-repair shop owner and dealership owner. His clientele loved him as much for his sense of humor and quick wit as for his incredible automotive repair skills. There were many who stopped in to see him, not because their car was broken, but because they needed to hear a good joke. His most recent employ was as an automotive instructor at Bridgerland Applied Technology College where he thrived on imparting a lifetime of automotive experience with his students who loved him dearly.
Gardening was one of Blake’s greatest passions, second only to being a wonderful husband and father. Blake was often accused of needing a 12-step program to get him off his lawnmower and out of the yard.
His legacy is his six wonderful children who will miss him dearly. He is survived by his wife Kim Robison Winward of Logan, Utah; daughters Jamie Winward (Josh) of Hyde Park, Utah, and Ana and Abby of Logan; sons Braydon (Kimberly) of North Ogden, Utah, and Matthew and Bryan of Logan; grandchildren Brynley, Alexis and Zoie; grandmother Vera Pinson of Harrisville, Utah; parents Alma and Bonnie Winward of North Ogden; brothers Robert of Logan, Chad (Heather) of Pleasant View, Utah, and Byron (Ryan) of Salt Lake City, Utah; sisters Gayle Christensen of North Ogden and Nicole Burwell (Jim) of West Weber, Utah; and by many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by grandsons Chesney and Wyatt Winward of River Heights and grandparents Donald Pinson of Smithfield, Utah, and Bert and Elizabeth Winward of Clifton, Idaho.
Blake was a people pleaser. His heart was huge and he never had the capacity to say no. He was always available to repair the widow’s car, move a friend in need and lift our hearts with a joke. He sacrificed his life in tireless service to his wife, children, friends and neighbors.
In lieu of flowers, Blake and Kim would want you to take time to perform a selfless service to someone in need in Blake’s honor.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at Allen-Hall Mortuary, 34 E. Center St. in Logan, Utah. Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in the Richmond Stake Center, 135 W. Main St. in Richmond, Utah. A viewing will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. prior to services. Internment will be in the Providence City Cemetery, 900 E. River Heights Blvd. in River Heights, Utah.
Condolences and memories may be shared online at www.allenmortuaries