W. Garner, 79, of Nampa, died Monday, December 9, 1996, at his
home in Mesa, Arizona. Funeral services will be conducted at
11 a.m., Saturday, December 14, 1996, at the Sunnyridge LDS
Chapel in Nampa. Bishop Erick Wadsworth will officiate. Burial
will follow in the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.
Services are under the direction of the Alsip Funeral Chapel,
He was born on March 16, 1917, in Rexburg, Madison County,
Idaho, to Walter Mack and Rilla Webster Garner. Blaine was the
second of four sons and two daughters. Blaine’s early years
were spent on the dry farm as he attended Adams and Washington
elementary schools, graduating from Madison High School in
1934. During his senior year Blaine joined the Civilian
Conservation Corp. During that same time Blaine also worked at
Broulin’s Food Store and managed roller skating three nights a
week in the Playmore Dance Hall.
Blaine married Bertha Clements in 1937. They were divorced
In the Fall of 1940 he and his brother, Austin, joined the
1st National Guard Unit organized in Rexburg,
Idaho. As the war escalated in Europe, Congress began to
activate National Guard units and on April 1, 1941, the
Rexburg National Guard Unit was officially inducted into
Blaine married Marceline Montague on January 14, 1942, in
On February 4, 1945, Blaine sailed out of New York Harbor
along with 2,500 other soldiers bound for London to stop the
aggression of the German army in Europe. As a 2nd
Lieutenant, Blaine was assigned to the 335th
Infantry Regiment of the Ninth United States Army as a Platoon
Leader. On the morning of February 24, 1945, in Baal,
Germany, Blaine was standing in his jeep with his left arm up
preparing to signal to his troops when the first round of a
German artillery barrage exploded a trailer behind the jeep
loaded with ammunition. A large shell fragment amputated
Blaine’s left hand. He was taken to a field hospital at Liege,
Belgium, then flown to an Army Hospital in Cirencester,
England. Blaine was reunited with his family in Nampa, Idaho
and after many weeks of surgery and physical therapy he was
fitted with an artificial arm. Blaine was awarded a Purple
Heart for being wounded in combat and was honorably discharged
from the Army. Blaine never had any regret and was always
proud of his military service to his country.
Following his military service Blaine worked for a short
time in a filling station and then for his brother-in-law,
Wilber Everton in his mattress factory. Blaine experienced
some difficulty finding a good job because of his handicap.
Finally in 1948, Blaine began his thirty-year career with the
Idaho State Highway Department. Blaine started at the bottom
as a stake puncher on a survey crew in Caldwell, Idaho. Blaine
quickly worked his way up to materials inspector, asphalt hot
plant, and finally to inspector of concrete structures. During
this time Blaine attended and received his Engineering
certificate from Boise Junior college.
Blaine was very active in the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints, serving as a counselor to Bishop Jack
Madison and Bishop Atwell Parry. Blaine also served for many
years as a Stake High Councilman under President Roscoe
Luekenga of the Nampa Stake and President Dean Bues of the
Nampa South Stake. Blaine had a beautiful tenor voice and
loved to sing in the stake and ward choirs.
He is survived by: his wife, Marceline Montague Garner of
nampa; five sons and daughters-in-law. Ronald and Coreen
Garner of Provo, UT, Lynn and Susan Garner of Nampa, David and
Robin Garner of Vancouver, WA, Charles and Christy Garner of
Nampa and Wayne and Susan Garner of Sandy, UT; a daughter and
son-in-law, Kay and Larry Ripplinger of St. George, UT; two
brothers, Austin Garner of Salt lake City, UT, and William
Garner of St. George, UT; a sister, Lois Virgin of Rexburg,
ID; 41 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the World Missionary Fund 3015
Sunnyridge, Nampa, Idaho 83686.
The family will greet friends on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.
at the Alsip Funeral Chapel and on Saturday from 10 to 10:45
a.m. at the church prior to the services.