Alvin Elmer Blank, age 82, passed away May 21, 2015, in Pasco, Washington. A visitation will be held Thursday, May 28th from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Gray’s West & Company Pioneer Chapel. His funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 29th at the Richland Christian Church with Pastor Gordon Bond officiating, with a potluck reception following at the Eagle Valley Grange.
Alvin was born July 2, 1932, in New Bridge, Oregon, to Elmer Blank and Fannie (Coston) Blank. Alvin grew up on a ranch in Powder River, in Eastern Oregon. At an early age, Alvin had a strong work ethic that followed him throughout his life.
He married Marjorie Graves in June of 1953 and they had four children. Marjorie passed way in 1991. He later married Bonnie Mills. Bonnie passed away in 2006.
Alvin served his country as a corpsman on numerous naval ships, also at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital and in the trenches of the Nevada “A” bomb testing site in 1953. Alvin worked in the construction of dams and highways in the Northwest. He worked for Walt Slipp Tires and Don McClure’s Les Schwab, both in Pasco, Washington. He returned to working construction for Gilbert Western Co. where he retired in 1990.
Alvin enjoyed being in the outdoors in the Blue Mountains and Eastern Oregon with his family. He enjoyed reading Western books and good conversation.
Alvin is survived by his sister Shirley Barron (Milton); his cousins Maxon Henery (Mary Jean) and Joan Seevers; his children Bruce (Tammy), Bev O’Connell (Dale), Blaine (Kay) and Brian; his 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Alvin was preceded in death by his parents and spouses.