Saturday, January 29, 2011

Obituary for Blaine Nelson Lee, Jr.

Blaine Nelson Lee, Jr, of Pleasant Grove, Utah passed away in his home on January 24, 2009 of natural causes. Blaine was born on April 3, 1946 in Olympia, Washington to Blaine Nelson Lee, Sr. and Thelma Marie Woods. He was raised in Los Angeles County, California, graduating from Covina High School. He was a member of Alhambra, La Puente 2nd, and Baldwin Park 2nd wards in the California Covina Stake. He loved music—piano, guitar, and singing—and as a youth participated in many community, school, and church events. In high school he lettered in cross-country and track. He served an LDS mission in the Western States Mission. He attended BYU where he obtained his Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Master's Degree in Educational Psychology. While at BYU he performed in the BYU Program Bureau under director Janie Thompson.

After completing ROTC training at BYU, he served in the US Air Force from 1972 to 1978, achieving the rank of Captain. During his military service he was stationed at Randolph AFB in San Antonio, TX and the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs.

After an honorable discharge from the Air Force, Blaine moved his family to Provo, Utah, where he took a position as principal of Provo Canyon Boys School, where he worked for the next 3 years. He also taught in the business college at Utah Valley State College. Eventually, he was awarded his Ph.D. in Instructional Design from the University of Texas in Austin. After doing some private consulting, Blaine worked for Covey Leadership Center, which became Franklin Covey. He continued as a consultant with the company until his death, traveling and training extensively in the United States and other countries.

Blaine married Shawny Christian, of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho in 1968 and is the father of twelve children: Blaine Christian Lee of Fairview, Utah, Benjamin David Lee of Lehi, Utah, Adam Nelson Lee of Salem, Utah, Michal Lee Wride of Salem, Utah, Joseph Robert Lee of Woodland, California, Joshua Ammon Lee of Spanish Fork, Utah, Casey Kimball Lee at BYU, Abraham Daniel Lee at BYU, Eliza Lee Billadeau at BYU-Idaho, Gabriel Lee at BYU, Celeste and Isaac Lee, who are children still at home with their mother, Shawny in Salem, Utah. Blaine has 31 grandchildren. The couple divorced in 2006.

Blaine is survived by his children and grandchildren, his parents, Elwyn and Thelma Lee Reeder of Pleasant Grove, Utah, his siblings Andrea Lee Conley of Pleasant Grove, Utah, Grant Nolan Lee of Meridian, ID, Roland Loren Lee, LuAnne Reeder Forrest, Marsha Reeder Bowler, Lorin Reeder, all of St. George, Utah and many aunts and uncles and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Blaine Nelson Lee, Sr.

Regarding Blaine's Funeral:

Viewing will be at Salem Ward/Stake Center, 470 E. Canal Rd., Salem, Utah at 6:00-8:00 P.M. on Thursday.

The funeral will be at the same address at 11:00 A.M. on Friday morning.

Our address and phone number are: Elwyn & Thelma Reeder, 929 N. 1010 West, Pleasant Grove, Utah 84762, phone (801) 701-0395.

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