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George Alva "Al" Blackburn
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Birth: Feb. 14, 1906
Box Elder County
Utah, USA
Death: Mar. 29, 1985
Tulare County
California, USA

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for George Alva "Al" Blackburn, 79, who died Friday after a long illness. Burial will be in Vandalia Cemetery.

A native of Yost, Utah, Blackburn had lived in Porterville 44 years. He and his wife were married in June 1926 after they met in the Dee hospital in Ogden, Utah, where he was a patient and she was a nurse. They lived in Washington and Utah before moving to Hanford in 1930. They moved to Porterville in 1941 where Blackburn was active in a number of community organizations. He owned and operated Blackburn's New City Cleaners on the corner of Olive and Hockett for many years until his retirement.

Both he and his wife are active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and five of their 10 children have served as missionaries.

He is survived by his wife, Opal, of Porterville; four sons, Robert and Thomas Blackburn, both of Porterville, Alva "Bud" Blackburn of Reedley and William Keith Blackburn of Bend, Ore.; six daughters, Elva Jean Durtschi and Marilyn Joyce Higham, both of Logan, Utah, Anita Gay Robins of Eden, Utah, Betty Lucille Kanady of Bakersfield, Veva Mae Reeves of San Diego, and Linda Carol Mauldin of Yokosuka, Japan; a brother, Oriel H. Blackburn of Ogden, Utah, three sisters, Elda Jensen of Springville, Utah, Merle Swanger of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Amy Humphrey of Reno, Nev.; 56 grandchildren and 61 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Myers Chapel. Porterville Recorder, March 1985
Family links: 
  Thomas Henry Blackburn (1877 - 1921)
  Eliza Harriet Richins Blackburn (1876 - 1942)
  Opal Irene Eames Blackburn (1907 - 1995)*
  Edward Carl Blackburn (1934 - 1935)*
  Robert Eames Blackburn (1938 - 2015)*
  Douglas James Blackburn (1941 - 1942)*
  Oriel Henry Blackburn (1901 - 1986)*
  Albert Gerald Blackburn (1904 - 1979)*
  George Alva Blackburn (1906 - 1985)
  Verla Jane Blackburn Hoppie (1910 - 1970)*
  Amy Louise Blackburn Humpherys (1914 - 2012)*
*Calculated relationship
Vandalia Cemetery
Tulare County
California, USA
Plot: Blk A, Sec 144, #2
Created by: Nancy Stout
Record added: Jan 28, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 104305438
George Alva Al Blackburn
Added by: Nancy Stout
George Alva Al Blackburn
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George Alva Al Blackburn
Added by: Linda Rhoadarmer
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