Quinton Gerard Blackburn, 92, of Springfield, Idaho passed away Thursday, June 12, 2014 at his home, surrounded by his family.
Quinton was born July 22, 1921 in Springfield, Idaho to Dewey Earl Blackburn and Valine Ellen Gutting. He spent his lifetime in Springfield, other than the time he spent in the military.
He attended school in Springfield and at Thomas High School. He then went on to get an associate's degree in Accounting from the University of Idaho Southern Branch. He enlisted, even though he could have deferred, and served his country in World War II in the United States Army Infantry. He spent most of his time in Germany. Quinton was wounded twice and received two purple hearts.
On Dec. 23, 1942 Quinton married Velda Mae McKnight in Moreland, Idaho. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on May 4, 1944. Together they had seven sons: Terrell, Brent, Kevin, Varon, Chad, Parker and Joel.
Quinton was a dairy farmer, sold mutual funds and was the first one to bring windshield welding to this area 25 years ago. He was known as the Window Welder.
In his free time he enjoyed reading scripture and church publications, taking long rides with Velda, playing the harmonica and dancing. He was a boxer during his high school and college years, winning several trophies. He raised and enjoyed horses, but his greatest joy was being with his family.
He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as a councilor in the bishopric three different times. He loved singing in the ward choir.
He played with the “Harmoneers”, a group of harmonica players and one piano player. He was a member and president of the Springfield Townsite Water District.
Quinton is survived by his sons: Brent Reed Blackburn of Angleton, Texas; Kevin M (Connie) Blackburn of Kingston, Tenn.; Varon Quinton (Verena) Blackburn of Idaho Falls, Idaho; Parker M (Diana) Blackburn of Blue Springs, Mo.; and Joel M (Botswana) Blackburn of Columbia, Mo.; sisters: Nada Shellhammer of Woodland, Calif. and Ruth Gneiting of Sterling, Idaho; 27 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter. also surviving are two daughters-in-law, Marlene Rounds, Idaho Falls, Idaho and June Thomas of Bountiful, Utah.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Velda; his parents, Dewey and Valine Blackburn; sons, Terrell M Blackburn and Chad M Blackburn; brothers, Daniel “Red” Blackburn and Martin Blackburn; sisters, Patricia Lea and Elaine Fotheringham; and infant sister, Geraldine.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at the Lakeview LDS Church, 800 S. 2120 W. in Springfield, Idaho with Bishop Layne Harker conducting. Family will meet with friends and relatives from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot and for one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will follow services at the Moreland Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com