|Birth: ||Mar. 1, 1865|
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
|Death: ||Dec. 17, 1940|
Son of John Hopwood Bleazard and Lydia Davis
Married Elizabeth Diana Merritt, 20 Mar 1892, Peoa, Summit, Utah
Children - daughter Bleazard, Lucy Diana Bleazard, Emma Bleazard, John Bleazard, Lydia Bleazard
Obituary - Final tribute To Caleb D. Bleazard On December 17 at one o'clock, in the Afton North Ward church house, funeral services were held for Caleb D. Bleazard, who passed away at his home in Afton Sunday morning, after a prolonged illness, extending over a period of twenty years, of which the last five were spent in intense suffering and misery.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Bishop Gardner, assisted by his counselors, Harvey Allred and Evan Call. Prayers were offered by Anson V. Call and Carl Cook. The following musical numbers beautifully rendered and were special favorites of the deceased.
Trumpet Solo: "The Holey City" by Elden Torvensen. Male Quartet: "O My Father" Harvey Allred, Elden Allred, Ronald Allred and Francis Winters, accompanied by Mrs. Francis Winters. Vocal Solo: "Star of the East" by Phyllis Hepworth. Violin Duet: "I Have Read of a Beautiful City", Oral and Ewrin Merritt. Male Quartet: "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" Harvey, Ronald and Elden Allred and E Francis Winters. Vocal Duet: "I'll Go Where You Want Me To Go" Mrs Leola Allred and Ronald Allred.
The speakers were Lee Preston of Bedford, Ben Nield of Afton, L. I. Jenkins of Freedom, Bishop L. W. Fluckiger of Etna and President A. F. Burton of Afton.
Each sermon was short, words were well chosen and volumes were spoken in the brief tributes paid to an honest, stalwart pioneer who loved truth and right, and lived up to these principles in his everyday affairs of life. He was laid to rest beside his son in the Afton cemetery. The dedicatory prayer was offered by Ed Wilkes of Afton.
Pall bearers were Russ Sessions, Russel Titensor, Glen Bleazard, Heber Merritt, Joseph Merritt and Theron Merritt.
The survivors are: Mrs C. D. Bleazard, three daughters, Lucy Sessions, Emma Titensor and Lydia Bleazard, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. His only son, John, preceded him in death eleven years ago.
Caleb Davis Bleazard was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on March 1, 1865, son of John and Lydia Davis Bleazard, who were 1847 Utah pioneers. He was married in the Salt Lake Temple to Diana Merritt on March 20, 1892. To this union were born five children.
At the early age of twelve, Caleb was left on orphan, being forced to make his own way in the world. He learned self reliance and to be prudent and economical. Picking up odd jobs, sleeping on the streets at night, receiving unkind treatment from disinterested relatives and going hungry when there was no work to be found, were all unpleasant experiences that might have turned the heart of a young boy to bitterness, and beckoned him on toward the path of crime and sin, but because of his valiant spirit and noble character he pursued and conquered reaching maturity with honor, having kept himself clean in body and mind and being prepared financially to support a wife and family.
His early married life was spent in Peoa, Utah, where he owned a small farm. About 44 years ago, having heard about the undeveloped opportunities in the great open spaces of Star Valley, he came with his wife and baby daughter to Thayne, taking up a homestead there for a number of years. He specialized in cattle raising and farming on a large scale. His farm in Thayne was one of the best managed and scientifically worked places in Star Valley.
In 1908 he purchased the store at Bedford and received the appointment of postmaster, serving in that capacity for a period of twenty years.
In 1922, because of failing health, he retired from active life, purchased a home in Afton and "carried on" as long as his infirm body would permit. The last five years of his life were spent sitting in his chair, his mind still keen and active, and his spirit longing to do something more to make his home and surroundings attractive and beautiful.
Caleb was not a public man, to many he was thought to be gruff and to have possessed no religion, but no father was ever dearer and kinder to his children. His mind was a storehouse of wisdom. He was a liberal donor, an honest tithe payer and throughout the long years of affliction and suffering he maintained faith, was steadfast and firm
in his testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Passing through the trying ordeal of an incurable disease, he remained patient and was sympathetic and sorrowful when others were in trouble. A dominate characteristic worth of mention, was his civic pride and interest in public welfare. To every community enterprise he was liberal with financial aid and willing to perform his share of manual labor. It was his privilege to contribute money for the building of the Salt Lake Temple, the Canadian Temple, the Hawaiian Temple and the Mesa Temple, and it was on of his last wishes that a check be sent to the Idaho Falls Temple fund.
Tears of joy would fill his eyes at the mention of "missionaries" and nothing gave him more pleasure than to contribute to this cause. His only son filled a mission, one of his two grandsons is now in the field and he had the desire that his remaining grandson go as soon as his age permitted.
Mr. Bleazard possessed a great love for the artistic side of life. Classical music and good dramatic productions were his favorite entertainment. He was a member of the Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake city during his boyhood years, and would work all week for twenty-five cents, spending it on Saturday night for a seat in "nigger Heaven" in the old Salt Lake Theater, to see a fine drama presented by Salt Lake's best talent.
The children and posterity of this exemplary man desire to follow in the pathway he has made, for this path is straight and true and will lead to eternal salvation also honest independent life in mortal probation.
Bleazard, Caleb D (2) (26 Dec 1940) Star Valley Independent
John Hopwood Bleazard (1803 - 1871)
Lydia Davis Bleazard (1825 - 1878)
Elizabeth Diana Merritt Bleazard (1869 - 1968)
Lucy Diana Bleazard Sessions (1896 - 1966)*
John Bleazard (1898 - 1930)*
Lydia Bleazard (1904 - 1972)*
Robert Hopwood Bleazard (1823 - 1903)**
John Searcy Blazzard (1842 - 1922)**
Dorcas Searcy Blazzard (1845 - 1859)**
Sarah Jane Bleazard Stewart (1848 - 1922)**
Marian Bleazard Steers (1849 - 1920)**
James Searcy Blazzard (1852 - 1905)**
Ellen Searcy Bleazard (1854 - ____)**
Thomas Murch Bleazard (1855 - 1900)**
Mary Ann Blazzard (1857 - 1858)*
Thomas Blazzard (1857 - 1924)**
Joseph Davis Bleazard (1860 - 1865)*
Mark Hopwood Bleazard (1861 - 1921)*
Lucy Davis Bleazard Watts (1863 - 1935)*
Caleb Davis Bleazard (1865 - 1940)
Orson Davis Bleazard (1867 - 1933)*
Created by: SMSmith
Record added: Oct 05, 2008
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