Donald Doc Ivan Blanchard

Apr 21, 1926 – Jun 21, 2010

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Donald Doc Blanchard
Passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family on Monday, June 21st at 5:30 pm. Born April 21, 1926 in LaGrande, OR.

He served in the US Navy. After WWII, he married Shirley M. Beidler. They celebrated their 62nd Wedding Anniversary on June 12th. Together they raised 6 children, Ellen Lonnie Thomas, Steve Sue Blanchard, Susan Steve Hein Blanchard, Nancy Jamie Williams, Jeff Blanchard and Terri Duane Guscott.

In 1954, he began his career at Boeing, and retired in 1988. Don and Shirley were charter members of the Hoot & Hollers Square Dance Club and were active members of the square dance community for many years. He was the general chairman for the 1981 National Square Dance Convention held in Seattle.

He is preceded in death by his oldest daughter Ellen and survived by his wife Shirley, 5 children, 6 grandchildren, and 5 great-grand children.

Don enjoyed many hobbies including, electronics, planes, coins, square dancing, camping, and fishing. Don loved to tell stories and jokes to everyone. He always had a new story to share. Don will be greatly missed by all who knew him and loved him.

Memorial Services will be Wed, June 30, 11am, at Bonney-Watson in SeaTac.

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Kurt & Toni Beidler
Olympia, WA
Jun 23, 2010

"I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love." By Leo Buscaglia

Jim & Mary Knight
Kent, WA
Jun 23, 2010

We miss him already!

Terri Guscott
Des Moines, WA
Jun 23, 2010

Yellow roses grow in heaven, Lord pick a bunch for me. Place them in my father's arms and tell him they're from me. Tell him that I love and miss him. When he turns to smile place a kiss upon his cheek & hold him for awhile, because remembering him is easy, I do it every day. There's an ache in my heart that will never go away.

Nancy Williams
Covington, WA
Jun 24, 2010

My Dad had a kind heart, and gentle sole. He had a mind like a steele trap and I truly believe he was one of the smartest people I will ever know. I applaud him for the life he lived, never a bad word or thought was spoken. I love my Dad with all my heart and I know he loved me the same. I already miss him greatly, but this is not about me. He is now free. No more pain or suffering. He can now see! I am honored to be his daughter. I love you Dad.

Craig and Annette Anderson
Kent, WA
Jun 24, 2010

We are very sorry to hear of your loss. Don was a good man. Our thoughts are with your family.

The Bullard Family
Des Moines, WA
Jun 25, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We will remember him with a toast around the campfire when we go on our camping trip in August.

Love, Bob, Joanne, Beau and Caitlyn Bullard

Paul, Tracy and Patrick Witkowski
Des Moines, WA
Jun 25, 2010

I was blessed to know Don for over 3 decades. He was a very gentle man who had such a quick wit and a story to share. He would always make me smile, especially when he would try and teach me how to square dance when I was young. I like to think of him sharing his stories, square dancing and watching down on all he loved from heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Blanchard family.

Scott & Jan Surber
Newcastle, WA
Jun 25, 2010

Wishing you peace and comfort in your many cherished memories, and strength in the love of family and friends. Our condolences to all.

Jan & Scott Surber and Family

DeeDee & Keith
Kent, WA
Jun 25, 2010

We didn't know Don very well but his legacy lives on through his children and grandchildren who are admired and respected people!! We know he will be missed by all.

Connie Lanigan
Lake Tapps, WA
Jun 26, 2010

He will always be Mr. Blanchard to me, that's what happens when you meet an adult when you're 12 over 40 yrs ago. He always had a story, something to show me, cool rocks, some electrical pre-computer, digital, you name it gadget, he never got mad and always asked you questions about your world. I remember watching him tinker, work in the yard and he could fix or make anything; so many memories my heart and eyes are over-flowing. I loved going to Hoot & Holler events; the national convention was amazing. I feel blessed to have shared my life with all the Blanchard family; so many holidays it's impossible to count. May your days be gentle and your hearts peaceful. And very special hugs for Mrs. Blanchard; I can hear you say his name as you tell him to quit teasing whoever was special enough to be receiving it. God Bless, love you all, Connie

Kim Maletta Ehlers
Federal Way, WA
Jun 26, 2010

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. I remember in my much younger years, going to the Blanchard house and remember what a great dad Don was. May you hold on to many wonderful memories.

Max & Tina Beidler
Buchanan, TN
Jun 26, 2010

I'm very thankful that, after so many years, I had the opportunity to see Uncle Don last April. He was always ready to tell a joke and make you laugh. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. He will be missed by all who were privileged to have known him. God Bless.

Charleen and Bob Sager
Mountlake Terrace, WA
Jun 28, 2010

Old friends and specially square dance friends are missed but remembered with fond and pleasant memories. You may remember Charleen as Duitsman.

Bob & Janet Emerson
Renton, WA
Jun 29, 2010

Don was a great contributor and asset to the square dance community. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you did to keep dancing the fun activity it is. You will be missed by many friends.

Our sincere sympathy to your family.

Frank & Kathy Chase
Gig Harbor, WA
Jun 30, 2010

I Kathy grew up knowing Don and Shirely. He was a great man and I always thought of him as family. He is with Dad now and they are catching up and having good times talking about the "Good Ole' Days" Square Dancing was always an important part of his and Shirley's lives. He will be missed by many.

I love you Don and I miss you a lot.

Tanya Currier
Shelton, WA
Jul 3, 2010

Shirley and Family, Our condolences go out to you and the family. Don will always be remembered in the Square Dance community. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

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