Stanley Elmo Blackett, 85, of Providence, Utah, passed away on June 26, 2023. He was born on April 4, 1938, in Springville, Utah. Stanley was a man of ambition, spirit, wit, and humor, who brought love to those around him. He married Diane Prince on February 1, 1963, and together they raised a loving family that included their six children Annette, MaryAnn, Shelley, David, Lisa and Kim. His wife was always by his side and cared for him through his many health trials. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in February.
Stan was one of two children and was raised by loving parents, Mamie and Elmo. He was raised in Springville, Utah. He loved Springville and was a proud “Red Devil.” His sister Joann was 9 years older so he was essentially an only child after age 10. At age 15 he started working for his brother in law Dick at J.M. Sumsion & Sons Construction Co. in road construction for $1.25 an hour. He worked there for 10 summers and paid for all of his own expenses while traveling all around the state. He spent a lot of time with his cousin Robert Anthon, who was like a brother to him.
Stan served a two and a half year LDS church mission to Helsinki Finland, he then returned to BYU and graduated with a bachelors degree in Economics, Business Management and Accounting. While at BYU, he met Diane. She was the lucky one to pass his three dates and you’re out rule. He said that he would not get married until he graduated. They were sealed in the Manti temple the day after his BYU graduation. He started his first job as a banker with Walker Bank in Salt Lake City, Utah, which later became First Interstate Bank and now Wells Fargo. He went on to get more schooling in Seattle Washington and graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. He loved his banking career and met many lifelong friends and associates throughout his 31 year career there. After his retirement from First Interstate, he began a new career with the Bank of Utah as a Vice President and Commercial Loan officer. He worked for them for five years and retired for good at that time. They moved to St. George from Murray for five years of retirement fun and then ended up in beautiful Cache Valley.
He was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served in many callings including the bishopric, ward clerk, the high council and as an employment specialist. He and Diane served a service mission at the employment center for a year in Logan, Utah. He was also an Eagle Scout. His love for life and his family was guided by his faith. He had a very strong testimony of the Savior.
Stan loved to travel and could often be heard telling those he met about the many cruises and world travels he enjoyed. One of his most memorable trips was to Peru (Machu Picchu). They were also able to attend the temple open house in Rome, Italy. His claim to fame is 35 cruises all over the world. He also enjoyed finding a good deal, Costco, buying new cars, golfing, and visiting with friends, neighbors and strangers. He also loved to go four wheeling with the family. He really loved his little dog Oscar, who was his constant companion.
Stan's favorite quotes were: "It's hard to soar with the eagles, when you are around so many turkeys" and "Banker's never die, they just lose interest.” He emphasized A LOT that, "Money doesn't grow on trees.” If you asked him how he was, his favorite answer was “still upright.” He claimed that his goal in life was to make it through the next day of life and the many ups and downs it provides. He made it through a lot of great days, so until we meet again, he is soaring with the eagles.
Stanley is survived by his spouse, Diane Prince; children Annette (Ron), MaryAnn (Derk), Shelley (Greg), David (Rachel), Lisa (Mark), Kim (Dan). He has 24 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren plus one on the way. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmo Reed Blackett and Mary Gladys Hair and his sister Joann Sumsion. Stanley's memory will live on through the love he shared with his family and friends.
We invite you to share your memories and upload photos to Stanley's memorial page, celebrating the life of this ambitious, independent, witty, and funny man.
His funeral will be on Saturday, July 1, 2023 at 12:00 pm at White Pine Funeral Services, 753 S 100 E, Logan. A viewing will be held prior from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. Interment at Providence City Cemetery.
Those who would like to attend the service virtually may use the following link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81827139973