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Glenn Blanchard

Glenn Blanchard

Sunday, January 19th, 1947 Sunday, September 27th, 2020

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Obituary for Glenn E. Blanchard

Glen Edward Blanchard, January 19th, 1947 to September 27th 2020.

The big man has left the building. He left his shop tidy and neat, with all the tools back in their proper place; but for the first time in his recorded history he left a few things on the “to do” list un-done.

Glen was larger than life, from his laugh to his hair, from opinions to the size of his heart; Glen was a force to be reckoned with. He always left an impression. In 1990 he made a big impression on a certain person and after 16 years of each daring the other to get married, he finally trapped the love of his life. Glen and Sherry married September 11th 2006. Their vows were exchange in a Doctor Seuss themed wedding on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille in Sandpoint, Idaho.

Glen, (preferred one “n” please,) was born in Denver Colorado, to Myrth McGrath and Robert Blanchard. Glen’s parents divorced when he was a young child and Glen divided his life between summers at Sedelmeyers Resort in Spirit Lake with Myrth, and school months in Denver, CO with Robert.

The family business was road construction. Blanchard Brothers construction built most of the interstate in Wyoming and Colorado. Glen worked in the highway business as a teenager and because he didn’t want to be seen as the “bosses kid,” was right down in the ditches with shovel (“misery spoon” as he called it), pick, and hoe. He could relate great stories, (most not appropriate for family gatherings,) and sayings he picked up from the plain speaking, hard living men who ran the equipment and shovels. Glen always said the aroma of asphalt in the early morning was one of his favorite scents.

Glen made a decision in his early 20s that Coeur d’Alene felt most like home so he came one summer and stayed on. He worked a variety of jobs from saw mill green chain, the Coeur d’Alene Water Company, (this is where early shovel training really paid off), tug boat hand for the Murphy family and bar manager for various locations in Coeur d’Alene and the Silver Valley. He also spent a few years with the Cedars Corporation as a bartender or manager for Kennewick WA, Clarkston WA and the good ol’ “floater” in Coeur d’Alene

After helping a friend fix up a rental property in Denver, Glen found his niche. He strapped on his tool belt and went to work for himself as Blanchard’s Repair. He also plowed snow in the winter months knowing women didn’t want projects going in the house through the fall and winter holidays. A guy he said has to make a living. He rose at 4am every snowy morning firing up the ol’ “Blue Ox” and down the road he’d go. Glen cleared lots, driveways, and sidewalks for business and residents alike. Often commenting he saw a lot of Coeur d’Alene from his rear view mirror.

Glen was famous for his dedication to perfection on every project. From tiling bathrooms, to basement finishes, sagging decks to flooded basements, leaky ceilings, dry wall, you name it, he could fix it, and he did. It was often joked that Glen never lost a customer if they sold the home. Eventually a call would come from the new owner saying, “I was told you were the guy to call.”

In the mid-2000s a new business opportunity arose, one that didn’t require plowing snow or jamming his body into a crawlspace. Blanchard’s Industrial Repair put him on the road prowling 5 states fixing paint equipment in ID, MT, WY, OR, and WA. As his business grew he formed relationships with other contractors in the same field and created a sort of confederation. This enabled him to gradually slow down a bit and ease up on the joints that had begun to give him some flak.

Glen just wasn’t all work and no play: he and Sherry enjoyed road trips in the Canadian Rockies to visit the various hot springs with the town and baths at Nakusp BC being a particular favorite. Up and down the coast from Vancouver Island BC to Bandon Oregon, Glen and Sherry explored the Pacific Northwest. Glen loved to take photographs, with flowers being one of his favorite subjects. But mountains, rivers and the odd mountain goat also found their way into the lens.

Glen collected pocket knives, art, friends and hearts. He was a loyal friend and neighbor. Always ready to lend a tool and tell you how to use it. He was plain spoken and forthright. You always knew what he thought, sometimes before you even asked. He could be blunt, but he didn’t go out of his way to hurt people. It was just his way. Sherry frequently told him tact was really a thing and he should give it a try. Sherry would warn people to not ask for his opinion unless they were prepared to hear the hard truth. Glen handled the truth like he did his hammer. Firmly.

Glen genuinely cared about people; he made friends of all ages and children in particular seemed drawn to him. Glen never had any kids of his own but at gatherings involving children he could usually be found pinned in his chair by hordes of toddlers, all battling for lap time, telling him tales, and to touch his hair. All the springiness was fascinating. He built toys, cradles, step stools, blocks, and cardboard box houses the likes no one had ever seen. Glen served as a mentor to many, but his nephew Ben was his particular pride. They spent many hours on the road fixing paint shakers, plowing snow, remodeling homes around CDA, or in the shop building things together. “Build her hell for stout, pretty always takes care of herself.” Work nights would often end with glasses of bourbon poured “two fingers, not two fingers” while Glen taught Ben the finer points of preparing a meal for family, a passion they continued to share and discuss on a regular basis.

After all those years of hard work Glen decided it was time to retire and in 2018 a home in Dallas, Oregon was purchased, the Coeur d’ Alene home he lavished so much care and attention to every detail, was sold, and the shaker business traveled to Oregon.

Sept 3, 2019, with the shaker business sold, Glen finally became a gentleman of leisure. Immediately he rebuilt the kitchen, added a tiled gas fireplace surround, completely rehabbed a 70s era bathroom, a beautiful shop, and a deck for cocktails in the evening. He worked slower than he “usta” and he needed help a lot more than before, but he got it done. He and Sherry and their sidekick Rocky, went to the beach, took slow hikes in the woods for photos, they both enjoyed the local wineries in the Willamette Valley and looked forward to many more years together. Unfortunately, things don’t always work out the way you plan and on September 27th, Glen left us. Our hearts are broken. Ever a man of few words, he kept the most important ones to himself, except to tell Sherry he loved her.

Glen is preceded in death by his mother, Myrth, father Robert, and brother Palmer, “Pepper” Blanchard.

Glen is survived by his wife and co-conspirator, Sherry Bullard-Blanchard, of Dallas, OR, his nephew Ben M. Blanchard & his wife Nikki of Phoenix, AZ, step daughter Annabelle Farley of Hayden, Idaho, and grandchildren Amelia and Gabriel. He leaves behind countless friends and neighbors old and new. Also a stubborn little bull dog named Rocky misses him very much.

Typical of Glen, he didn’t want a memorial service. Small gatherings may take place in the future as time and COVID permit. Please just pour yourselves your drink of choice and toast him on his way. The keys are on the bar, it’s our world now. Memorial contributions may be made to the Willamette Valley Humane Society in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, 287 SW Washington Street, Dallas, Oregon 97338 who is caring for the family. To leave an online condolence or share a memory for the family go to www.dallastribute.com

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Heidi Fisher Child

Sherry, with my deepest sympathy for you and deepest regard for Glen.

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John T Gawaluck

Glen Blanchard (known as Doc to some of us) brought many special moments and gifts to our life. Never to be forgotten. Prayers, Peace and Cheers!

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sherry

Thank you Johnnie G., and for the trees too. Glen loved his trees.
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Phil Szmania

Sherry So sorry for your loss. Glen was a great man it was a pleasure to get to know him, I will miss his laugh. Phil Szmania TRISTATE HVAC&R
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Matt Streeter

I wish that I could come up with something as eloquent or wise as something Glenn would say in a situation like this. However, I like to think I have been blessed with an eloquence that will suffice. Glenn taught me a lot about life, the people around me, and about myself. I admired him in a way that only makes sense if you know Glenn, and I feel that speaks for itself. He loved unapologetically, as he did everything in his life. He was a such an inspiring role model in my life, even if he didn't know it. WWGBD (What would Glenn Blanchard do?) is a phrase I became quite familiar with as I graduated high school and moved into the "ocean" of life he spoke to me so fondly about. He helped me realize which end of a "misery spoon" I wanted to be on, among other things that I feel were meant to be passed from someone like him to someone like me directly. His boundless love and stubbornness brought him far and will continue to do so through the people he touched and continues to touch through his wise words, "unique" analogies, and his drive to succeed. His "failures" were never truly failures, but rather mistaken opportunities, and that continues to inspire me to this day. He taught me that my place isn't to stay complacent or just accept things for the way they were, he taught me to stand on the beach every once in a while and truly accept that I am running a race and that only I can decide which medal I like best: bronze, silver, or gold. and Glenn, I like the gold ones.Thank you for helping me realize that.

Stay busy, Glenn.
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Dan Johnson

Awfully sorry to hear of Glen's passing. I worked with Glen back in the 70's and 80's. He managed and tended bar for us in Kennewick, Washington for a time and he was always a big help at the "Floater" in CDA. Fixing, building and being a friend. Big hearted with a memorable laugh. I don't remember him ever being anything but friendly, upbeat and happy with life. I've missed him ever since moving from CDA back in 1990 and think of him often. He was a good man.
Daniel Johnson
Missoula, MT
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Rick Lindstrom

I will miss the Big Guy. I knew Glen for almost 40 years and number him among the most generous people I've ever met. He and I found comfort in each other through the good and not-so-good times and I'll always be appreciative of his friendship. Over such a long period, there are so many stories that could be told but one is emblematic of Glen. I owned a restaurant which was failing. I was working long hours every day and was ready to give up. It had snowed, our parking lot was buried, the streets were blocked and it was below zero. It was early in the morning and I was trying to figure out how I was going to pay the bills when I heard a loud roaring noise. I though that the heating system had finally given out. Then I looked outside and there was Glen with his hand snow-blower doing his best to clear our parking lot. I hadn't even asked him to come and he had other paying customers to attend to. But he came to my aid. He was my friend. Rest in peace, Glen.

Rick Lindstrom
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