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April 20, 1936 — March 19, 2022

Farrell Ted Blanchard returned to heaven to be with his parents on March 19, 2022, due to age-related causes. Farrell was born on April 20, 1936 in Driggs, ID of Ted and Louise. He was the 2nd of 4 children and the only brother of his sisters Marilyn, Renae and Judy.

Farrell spent his youth in Victor, Idaho, in the shadow of the Tetons, working hard on the farm with his father and uncles, milking cows and raising sheep, among other tasks. Farrell grew up with a love and talent for music, his mother and father being accomplished musicians. Farrell played piano in his father’s band as they performed for dances throughout southern Idaho. Farrell’s love for music continued throughout his life. He played piano, guitar, harmonica and sang at many family gatherings, at the Eagles Club, and just about every time his grandchildren came to visit. Even in his later years, when he lost the function of his right hand and the ability to play, he continued to sing for everyone.

Farrell suffered overwhelming grief at the age of 11 when his mother died suddenly while she was pregnant with her fifth child. Although his father later remarried and Farrell gained a few step-siblings, he became emotional throughout his life whenever his mother was brought up in conversation.

After graduating, Farrell attended both BYU and Ricks College while spending summers working at Teton National Park with close friend Lynn Johnson. He often spoke fondly of the summers he worked for the Park Service. He then enlisted in the United States Navy and served four years on active duty.

In 1964, Farrell married Siv Ottosson, a young Swedish immigrant he met at a church ball in Salt Lake City. They spent most of their married years in Brigham City and had eight children together. They divorced after 20 years of marriage. Farrell was proud of his family and loved his children and grandchildren and until the day before he died he always made a special effort to introduce them to friends, acquaintances, nurses or anyone present, and he was often moved to do so. He loved photos and took and shared photos with everyone. Farrell graduated from Weber State College and was employed as an electronics engineer at Hill Air Force Base for more than 30 years, developing radar diagnostic equipment for F-16s.

In 2000, Farrell married Lois White Dunn. They called Ogden home and spent over 20 years in company, traveling to different destinations, dancing and performing at the Eagles Club. Lois passed away just over six months ago. Farrell was a life member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and spent many years serving as a priesthood pianist.

Farrell is survived by his sisters Marilyn and Renae, his half-sister Colleen, his eight children: Richard (Julie), Robert (Melanie), Larry (Heather), Eric (Andrea), Steve (Angie), Tim, Karen ( Jon), and Kevin (Shawna), 34 grandchildren and a growing number of great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents and younger sister Judy. We appreciate the loving care provided to our father by home health care, Maple Springs nurses and staff, and his hospice caretakers. We have no doubt that Farrell is making music again with his mom and dad!

Funeral services will be held at Leavitt 836 36th Street Mortuary in Ogden on Friday, March 25 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Interment at Leavitt’s Autorest Memorial Park.

Condolences can be shared with the family at www.leavittsmortuary.com

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