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September 12, 1943 ~ August 29, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old
Larry David Blackburn, age 79, passed away August 29, 2023. David was born on September 12, 1943 at 1:30 am in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was the 10th child of Letha and Gerald Blackburn.
He is preceded in death by both parents, Letha Pearl Mower and Gerald Vern Blackburn, most of his brothers and sisters; Kenneth Vern, Willard Dean, Lucille, Edna Mae, Alfred John, Ralph Mower, Thomas Glen, Jeneen, and Jo Ann, his beloved wife of 49 years, Margaret Ann Betts Blackburn and one grandson Trevor James Blackburn.
He is survived by his sister, Ranae Layne, all 7 of his children, Corey, Karen Bullard (David), James (Rebecca), Jenny Redmon, Jerry (Julie), Larry , Kevin (Rebecca); his fourteen grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren.
David enlisted in the United States Navy in 1962. He was honorably discharged four years later. In 1966 he was called to serve in the Western States Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
After his mission David served as a tour guide at the Los Angeles Temple visitor center until 1973.
David married the love of his life Margaret Blackburn in 1969 in the Salt Lake Temple. They are the parents of 7 children.
In 1972 he received an Associate of Science from the Rio Hondo College in California
He received a certificate of achievement in automotive technology in 1974 and certification from the national Institute for automotive excellence for automobile mechanic certification.
David moved his family to Star Valley Wyoming in 1977. He received a certificate of merit from John Deere tractor company in 1980.
David and Margaret served a 6 month mission to Eugene Oregon in 2012.
David and Margaret served as temple workers in the Idaho Falls temple in 2012 They served as temple workers in the Star Valley Temple from 2016- until Margaret’s death in 2018. David continued to serve until 2023.
David had a successful career of diagnosing and repairing mechanical and electrical equipment, machinery, and other devices. He also had work opportunities that involved the repairing/replacing of building fixtures, walls, floors, ceilings, doors, windows, plumbing and electrical fixtures.
In 2002 David received qualification certificate from Dish network “Field Service specialist 1”
In David’s own words, “I can’t complain about any part of my life. I have traveled halfway around the world. I have met many people and seen many wonderful things.”
Funeral services will be held at the Auburn meetinghouse on Friday September 8. Viewing at 11:00am and funeral at 12:00 noon. Interment to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Afton food bank can be made in David’s name.