This is the obituary for Danielle’s mother. Her father’s obituary follows this one.
De Loris Cox Blake, age 85, passed away peacefully in her home early Monday morning, March 14, 2016. She was born May 29, 1930, in St. George, Utah to Emerald Lane and Elsie Burgess Cox. She married Joseph Truman Blake on August 31, 1948 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
De Loris attended Dixie High School and Dixie College. She was a cheerleader, and active in speech and drama.
She was the mother of many, and with Truman raised 10 children and 6 foster children. Because of her tender heart, she loved and cared for many pets as well.
She was office manager for Truman’s business “Medallion Electric and Insulating”, and owned and operated the Morris Mulberry Inn Bed and Breakfast. She helped Truman build four homes for their family- one in St. George, two in Cedar City and one in Santa Clara. She loved creating beautiful spaces, and enjoyed interior design and gardening.
De Loris was an active member of the LDS Church where she served in many callings. Her lifetime of service includes but is not limited to Relief Society President, Gospel Doctrine teacher, Relief Society teacher, Stake Primary Presidency, Cub Scouts, and 3 Church-Service Missions.
She was supportive of her husband, as he served in many capacities, and loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her family has fond memories of the time they spent with her.
She loved her friends and family and always took time for visits. She especially enjoyed her monthly “sisters’ convention” with Cheryl, Cynthia, and Rosalee.
De Loris is survived by her ten children: Danielle (Dale) Hatch, Debra (Paul) Thomas, Malynne Clayburn, Christopher (Gina), Jeffrey, Nicholas (Debbie), Calista (Shawn) Jennings, Randolyn (Paul) Peine, Francesca (Tyler) Rose, Bronwynn (Ryan) Swigert, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her siblings: Clark (Donna) Cox, Sherman (Marilyn) Cox, Cheryl (Bruce) Stucki, Cynthia (Neal) Shepherd, Rosalee (Doug) Rogers.
She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Truman Blake; a granddaughter Calista Clayburn; two great-granddaughters: Emma and Ellie Thomas; one son-in-law Alan Clayburn; her parents; and sister Carolyn Holland.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the LDS Chapel located at 85 South 400 East, St. George, Utah. Visitations will be held on Friday, March 18th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 South Bluff Street, St. George, Utah and on Saturday, prior to services from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the chapel. Interment will be held at the St. George Cemetery.
The family would like to thank Applegate Home Health Care (especially Jason and Bob) for their kind and loving service.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, (435) 673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Truman’s online guestbook at www.spilsburymortuary.com.
Joseph Truman Blake, age 90, passed away peacefully in his home early Sunday Morning, March 1, 2015. He was born on Easter Sunday April 20, 1924 in St. George, Utah to Joseph Edward and Harriet Louisa Wade Blake. He married De Loris Cox on August 31, 1948 in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple.Truman spent his summer boyhood years at the family ranch in Diamond Valley, Utah. There he learned to ranch, tending cattle.
At age 19, Truman was drafted during World War Two. He served in the Army infantry in the PacificTheater in the Philippines and was severely wounded in action. As a result, he was hospitalized for 9 months. After his service in the war, Truman attended school in St. George, Utah, where he graduated from Dixie College. Later, he went on to graduate from Branch Agricultural College in Cedar City, Utah. Throughout his life, Truman had opportunities to work in many different capacities. He worked as an electrician at the Columbia Iron Mines in Cedar City for sixteen years until they closed operation there. He was also a builder. He built four homes for his family- one in St. George, two in Cedar City and one in Santa Clara. He was also a master electrician and ran his own electrical company and manufactured and installed cellulose insulation.
Truman was an active member of the LDS Church where he served in many various callings; as counselor in several bishoprics, High Councilman, Home Teacher, class teacher, and two church service missions. He served as Bishop in Santa Clara and loved the people of the Santa Clara 2nd Ward. He loved and was supportive of his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. His family has fond memories of the time they spent with him. He loved people. He always took time for visits with friends and family members. He always expressed genuine interest in what his friends and family members were doing in their lives and always showered them in compliments and encouragements.
Truman is survived by his wife De Loris Blake, his ten children: Danielle (Dale) Hatch, Debra (Paul)Thomas, Malynne Clayburn, Christopher (Gina), Jeffrey, Nicholas (Debbie), Calista (Shawn) Jennings, Randolyn (Paul) Peine, Francesca (Tyler) Rose, Bronwynn (Ryan) Swigert, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter Calista Clayburn; two great-granddaughters: Emma and Ellie Thomas; one son-in-law Alan Clayburn; his parents; and siblings: Melvin(Norma), Verda (Arch) Ruth, Grace (Ray) Matheson, Clara (Willard) Patton, Lenora (Dave) Blake, Eula(Kent) Hanson, and Roberta (Odean) Barnum.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the LDS Chapel located at 85South 400 East, St. George, Utah. Visitations will be held on Friday, March 6th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00p.m. at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 South Bluff Street, St. George, Utah and on Saturday, prior to services from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the chapel. Interment will be held at the St. George Cemetery. Military Honors provided by American Legion and Patriot Guard Riders.