After 3 long years of waiting, Blaine Thurgood, 91, was finally reunited with his sweetheart when he peacefully returned to his heavenly home on May 4, 2023, surrounded by his family.
He was born January 6, 1932, to Orvel William and Susie Bell Singleton Thurgood. He grew up in West Point where he met the love of his life, June Paice. They were married on November 14, 1950, in the Salt Lake Temple. Shortly after their marriage Blaine enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean War, being stationed in New York and Texas. After his discharge from the military, Blaine and June returned home to West Point where they remained and raised their five children.
Blaine enjoyed a career as a computer programmer and worked for many years at Burrough’s and the Standard Examiner. He loved music and sang in the West Point Quartet for almost 5 decades. Over the years the quartet sang at over 65 funerals and other church and social functions. Blaine loved all sports, especially baseball. He played on the Davis High and West Point baseball teams. He loved watching any sport involving his children or grandchildren and was an avid BYU sports fan. He enjoyed spending time in his yard, and he received many compliments from others regarding its beauty.
Blaine was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings throughout his life. He served in the bishopric and especially cherished the experience of serving as bishop of the West Point 1st Ward because of the love he developed for the ward members. Other than his years of military service, he lived in the West Point 1st Ward his whole life! He also served as a temple worker in the Ogden Temple for many years and felt so blessed to have had this wonderful opportunity. He was an example to all and lived his life as a true disciple of Jesus Christ. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was a friend to everyone. He was a man of integrity and was happiest when he was serving others. He was always willing to share his testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He never wavered in his beliefs, and despite many physical trials, he endured faithfully to the end.
He is survived by his children: Terrie Ann, Ralene (Dennis), Val (Terri), Drew, and Holly; nine grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; and his grandpuppy, Emmett. He was preceded in death by his wife, June; his parents, Orvel and Susie; his brother, Lawrence; sister-in-law, Bernice; sister, Lola; and brother-in-law, Bill.
We would like to thank everyone at Intermountain Hospice for the loving way they cared for our dad and the support they offered to our family. We would also like to thank Amada Senior Care for the care and friendship they provided Dad over the past year, especially Lori, Tim, Sharlee, Nichole, and in his final days, Blanca.
Funeral services will be held 11:00am Thursday, May 11, 2023, at the West Point 1st Ward chapel, 4383 West 300 North, West Point, Utah.
Friends and family may visit Wednesday, May 10, 2023, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Lindquist’s Syracuse Mortuary, 869 South 2000 West, Syracuse, Utah, and 9:30 to 10:30 prior to the funeral services at the church.
Interment will take place at the West Point City Cemetery, 80 North 4000 West, West Point, Utah.
Dad, we love you more than words can say. Until we meet again…