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Information for Blaine Webster Garner

16 March, 1917 – 9 December, 1996

From the Idaho Press-Tribune

December, 1996
Contributed by Eellitta Stone

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Blaine Garner

    Blaine 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, Nampa.
    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 1939.
    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 active service.
    Blaine married Marceline Montague on January 14, 1942, in Tacoma, Washington.
    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.

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