Richard Blaine Durrant  June 13 1931  July 2 2019

Richard Blaine Durrant June 13 1931 July 2 2019

June 13 1931 July 2 2019
Richard Blaine Durrant June 13, 1931-July 2, 2019 Our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend passed away unexpectedly on July 2, 2019, following a tragic accident at his home. He was surrounded by his loving family at the time of his death. Richard Blaine Durrant was born on June 13, 1931 in Park City, Utah. He is the son of Richard William and Afton Carter Durrant. He served an honorable mission in California for his church from 1953 to 1955. He married the love of his life, Velma Alvey, on March 9, 1956 in the Salt Lake City Temple. Throughout their 63 years of marriage, they lived in Logan, UT, Santa Monica, CA, Saitama, Japan, Salt Lake City, UT, Boise, ID, Lehi, UT and Riverton, UT. He made many good friends along the way. Blaine earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from Utah State University. Upon graduation, he spent the next four years as an officer in the United States Air Force. The first year he attended meteorology training at UCLA in California, and was then assigned to Johnson Air Force Base in Japan. He was eligible for the rank of captain just prior to being honorably discharged in January of 1960. Blaine held many positions throughout his early professional career, including a meteorologist on KSL Radio, an insurance salesman, and a manager at ZCMI. After earning his MBA from the University of Utah, he worked at Idaho State University as the Executive Director of the Southeastern Idaho Center for Health Resources. Ultimately, he moved his family to Boise, Idaho where he became the Director of Educational Programs for the VA Medical Center. He retired in 1991 from there with over 17 years of service. Blaine and Velma were blessed with four beautiful children, Kim, Douglas Blaine, Scott William, and Jill, whom he loved dearly. Every decision he made was made with his family in mind. Blaine loved life. He opened his heart to many, and loved to serve those around him. He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and held many callings, including branch president, high counselor, and bishop. He had a valiant testimony and a deep abiding love for our Savior. One of his most cherished callings was serving as bishop of two wards while living in the Boise, ID area. He had a talent for public speaking, and was often asked to speak at various events throughout his life. He loved those he served, and he served everyone he met. He will be remembered as a courageous and dedicated servant of God. With his unquenchable zest for life, Blaine never sat still and was always looking for a meaningful project. He loved a challenge. He could find a way to solve any problem and did so with joy in his heart. He was patient, thoughtful, and kind, and had a great sense of humor. He had the rare ability to make those around him feel valued and safe. He worked hard to create a loving, supportive home for his family and his extended family, and made it a point to spend time talking to each individual person. Dad, you touched our lives in so many ways. You will be remembered for your wisdom, humor, kindness, unconditional love, and for your unwavering faith. We love you. Blaine leaves behind his wife, Velma, children, Kim (Lance) Granger, Douglas Durrant, Scott (Michelle) Durrant, and Jill Durrant, twelve grandchildren, and fourteen great grandchildren. Funeral services will be on Monday, July 8, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Riverton 3rd Ward, located at 12998 South 1300 West, Riverton, UT. Viewing will be from 10:00-10:45 that morning. Interment will take place at the Utah Veterans’ Cemetery, 17111 South 1700 West, Bluffdale, UT.

Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Richard Blaine Durrant June 13 1931 July 2 2019.

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  1. The Durrants became the family of my dreams. In San Diego, Ca. when I was barely 6 years old we were visited by Blaine & another man (don’t remember his name) who turned out to be Mormon missionary’s. My father unknown to me was raised in the church but never told anyone.
    In the early 1950’s two men knocked on our door. Blaine Durrant was one of them. He brought the Word into my life. At 6 years old he became the older brother I always wanted.
    Spending hours with me playing catch & kicking my rugby ball so high it hard to catch it. I really felt so close to him that I cried when he left our area. Like his father, Will Durrant and his mother Afton, We visited Park City goe several years & became a second family to me. I now understand why he became the man he was, his parenting, what a blessed group. we all know where are now. God bless you Blaine, I hope I can become half the soul that you are. Thank you for taking the time with me, allowing strong & fond memories. Miss you and all the family I grew to know (Joan, Karen, Doris.)

    Respectively, Lynn E. Nelson

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