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Gary Gene Blades

December 4, 1943 ~ October 25, 2018 (age 74)

Gary Gene Blades

December 4, 1943 - October 25, 2018

 Gary Gene Blades, 74, of Nampa, passed away on Thursday, October 25, 2018 after a courageous fight against cancer.

 He will be greatly missed.

 Gary grew up south of Lake Lowell in Nampa. Known as a responsible and hardworking kid, he attended Scism and graduated Nampa High in 1962.

 Gary married his love, Artricia (Tricia) Abbott, on June 12, 1964. He was inducted into the Army and sent to Vietnam in 1966 where he was wounded by a mortar while evacuating injured soldiers. After completing his tour and receiving an honorable discharge, Gary returned to Idaho.

 He attended Boise State College and spent his career teaching art and photography to junior high students throughout Boise. He opened his heart and home to two children adopted as infants. A tireless provider, advocate, and friend, he was exactly what a Dad should be - open, honest, and always there for his kids. They always knew they were loved and a priority. His hugs were real.

 Gary was an artist and brought creativity to everything. Although watercolors were a specialty, sculptures, drawings, and doodles showed his depth of talent. His was an epic gardener and loved fishing, hiking, rockhunting and spending time with family. He was a strong member of his church and spent much of his time in service to others. He could not pass a person in need without offering a hand or anything he had.

 He is survived by a daughter, Melanie Blades; a son and his wife, Scott and Emmi Blades; two loving grandkids, Adyn and Ayla Blades; a sister, Nancy Hafen, and extended family including a special friend named Brent.

 He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 53 years, Artricia (Abbott) Blades; two infant children, Shannon and Jenni Blades; a grandson, Toran Ybanez Adonais; his parents, Burton and Lucile Blades, and an infant brother, Larry.

 Services will begin at 10 am on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the LDS church at 607 W Locust Lane, Nampa. A viewing will precede the service at 9 am. A procession to Hillcrest Memorial Gardens will follow with a short graveside service. A luncheon will follow at the church to gather, share time, reminisce and tell stories.

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