|Birth: ||Jan. 1, 1915|
|Death: ||Feb. 23, 2001|
Salt Lake County
KEARNS, UT -- Darwin James, 86, died Friday, Feb. 23, 2001 at his home of natural causes.
He was born January 1, 1915 in Tetonia, Idaho, a son of John Ephraim Blanscett and Elise Terry Ballard.
During the Depression he went to work for the CC Camps where he was honored for his work, he met and married Vonda Brady, May 21, 1939 in Coalville, Utah.
They were later divorced.
He married Gladys LaRue Fewkes, November 28, 1969.
Their marriage was solemnized in the Seattle Temple, 1989.
He was a member of the LDS Church and served in the West Wood Heights Second Ward as a High Priest.
He served in various positions and was an avid scouter for over 30 years.
He worked on construction, where he was a supervisor.
He worked on the Hoover, Grand Cooley, McNary, Palisades and Flaming Gorge Dams. He worked as a miner for Stauffer Chemical Plant in Wyoming.
He owned and ran two services stations called "Sunny Jims".
He was a service manager for Freed Motor Co.
He owned and ran a motel and cafe in Paulsen, Montana.
He was a musician and loved to sing and play the guitar. He enjoyed cooking, hunting, fishing, and sports.
He had a special love for animals, especially dogs, cats and horses.
He was a great story teller and had many stories to tell.
He was a member of the Odd Fellows for over 51 years and received the Odd Fellows Award for Outstanding Man of the Year in 1999.
He was known by his nickname "Fairy Foot" by many of his friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, and two sisters and a grandson, Paul Courtney Barnes.
He is survived by his wife, LaRue Fewkes; and one son, James Kenneth Blanscett, Kennewick, WA; three daughters, Joan Carol Higley, Mantua, UT; Phyllis Irene Dupape, Seattle, WA; Flora Kae McKay, Arlington, WA; and 21 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, three nephews and two nieces.
He has a grandson Timothy Blanscett, and great-grandson Chris Russell serving on missions for the LDS Church.
He had three other grandchildren fulfill missions for the LDS Church.
Family and friends may come to the Deseret Memorial Mortuary, 36 E. 700 So. Salt Lake City, Thursday, March 1, 2001, from 6 - 8 p.m. for a viewing.
There will be a family viewing, Friday, March 2, from 10 -11 a.m. at the West Wood Heights Second Ward, 5490 South Dimrall Dr. Kearns, Utah.
Services begin at 11 a.m. at the ward.
Graveside services by the Odd Fellows in Hoytsville, Utah.
Published in the Deseret News on 2/27/2001
Gladys LaRue Fewkes Blanscett (1913 - 2002)
Created by: Don Shelley
Record added: Mar 05, 2010
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