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Clair E. Blaser, 88, of Rexburg, died at home Friday, March 9, 2012.
He was born March 23, 1923, in Plano, Idaho, to Margaret and Ernest Blaser, the eldest son and fourth child in family of eight children. He attended school at Edmunds and graduated from Edmunds High School and then from Ricks College in 1942.
It was at Ricks that he met his lifelong sweetheart, Rosemary Polson of Shelley. He served three years in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and while on leave, he and Rosemary were married in the Logan, Utah, LDS temple Nov 9, 1945.
They settled in Plano to raise their family and to farm. In 1951, he was called to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Western States, leaving his wife and three small children at home. He returned in September 1953, and continued farming and expanding his dairy. Seven more children were added to the family in the following years.
Clair loved to teach and learn, so he returned to school and received his bachelor's and master's degrees at Utah State University. He started teaching horticulture and religion at Ricks College and continued for 27 years.
He is survived by wife Rosemary of Rexburg; and children Gren (Kira) Blaser of Rexburg, Stephen (Ann) Blaser of Blackfoot, Rebecca (Thayne) Andersen of Bluffdale, Utah; Scott (Melody) Blaser of Las Vegas, Nev.; Barbara Blaser of Magna, Utah; Teresa (Byron) Blakely of Ririe, Howard (Tonya) Blaser of Pocatello, Robert (Melanie) Blaser of Centerville, Utah; Marty (Stacy) Blaser of Rexburg and Jason (Diana) Blaser of Boerne, Texas. He is also survived by four siblings, Gladys (Louis) Rasmussen, Elaine Beard, Roland Blaser and Fred (Linda) Blaser.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, two sisters and three grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at noon Tuesday, March 13, at the Plano LDS church, with Bishop Randy Brown officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Flamm Funeral Home in Rexburg and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at the church prior to services. Interment will be in Plano Cemetery, with military rites by the Madison Country Veterans and the Idaho Honor Guard.
Condolences may be sent to www.flammfh.com.