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Hinckley Cemetery
Sunday January 31st, 2021
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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Interment following funeral service

Kanosh Ward Chapel
Monday February 1st, 2021

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Olpin Stevens Funeral Home -Fillmore
Monday February 1st, 2021
9:30am - 10:30am

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Kanosh Ward Chapel
Monday February 1st, 2021
11:00am

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Phillip Angus Blad

Our beloved Husband, Father, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, Teacher, Coach and Friend, Phillip Angus Blad, returned to his Heavenly home on Monday, January 25, 2021 in Provo, Utah, at age 70. He was lovingly surrounded by his wife and children when he peacefully left this mortal life.

Phil was born July 8, 1950 in Payson, Utah, and was the sixth of nine children born to Loueda Allan Blad and Carl Hamblin Blad. He was finally able to embrace his older sister Carla Jean, who returned to her Heavenly home at birth. Phil was one of seven rowdy boys and one angelic sister.  He married his sweetheart, Sharon Mae Simmons on August 25, 1972 in the St. George, Utah Temple. They were blessed with five beautiful children, Chris, Shanette, Dave, Mike and Stacia.

In his life history, Phil recorded that his mom told him he was born two weeks early because of a car accident that scared him right out of her, and that he had been a terror ever since that time. He lived in Payson, Utah until he was one and then his family moved to Salem, Utah where his father ran the local gas station. Salem was a wonderful place for a young boy to live. Living next to the Salem Pond was Heaven on earth for an adventurous young boy who loved to fish, hunt birds, swim and ice skate! Phil loved the outdoors and spent many days chasing birds, fishing and swimming in the pond, playing in the ditch, and walking in the lower fields looking for snakes, squirrels, frogs and other interesting creatures that sometimes got him in trouble! 

He developed a love of sports by watching his older brothers play, and started playing little league baseball when he was seven years old. Phil participated in the Pentathlon from ages 8-11 and won the local school and regional contest 4 years in a row. He was lucky enough to finish 11th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st in the SLC finals. 

Phil lettered in football, baseball, basketball and track at Spanish Fork High School. He was also Seminary President his senior year and graduated in 1968. He received a leadership and baseball scholarship to BYU, where he attended for one year before serving a two year mission to the Japan West Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He loved the Japanese people! Before his mission, Phil had been drafted by several major league baseball organizations and was hoping to pursue a career in professional baseball when he returned, but due to health issues was unable to pursue that dream. 

He then attended UNLV, where he met and married his eternal companion, then moved to Cedar City, Utah where he attended SUSC and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Education. Mrs. Kennison, Phil’s 7th grade teacher, was his inspiration to become a teacher. He moved his family to Kanosh, Utah in 1981 and was fortunate enough to teach 7th and 8th grade Algebra, Science, Health and PE at the Fillmore Middle School for 31 years. His classroom was adorned with deer, elk, fish, ducks, water fowl, fox and a bald eagle. He created an atmosphere of adventure and learning. He loved his students and could see the value and potential in each one. He was named Teacher of the Year in 2005-2006 for Fillmore Middle School. 

Phil was an endless prankster and loved to tease his fellow co-workers and students. He cherished his time with those he taught, coached and worked with. He coached many sports from little league baseball and football to Junior High wrestling and girl’s Junior High basketball, as well as High School baseball and wrestling. He developed lifelong friendships with those he coached and coached with. He helped accomplish seven state championships. 

He served in many church callings including Scout Master, Primary, Sunday School, Young Mens, Stake Girl’s Camp Quartermaster, Ward Missionary, Manti Temple Ordinance Worker and Home Teacher. He loved all of his callings but his favorite was scouting. Phil had a passion for hunting and fishing. He cherished his many hunting and fishing trips with his brothers and sons. If Phil wasn’t catching fish, everyone knew there were no fish to be caught! One of his greatest joys in life was spending time at the cabin at Otter Creek, which he helped design and build. He felt the cabin was a peaceful and sacred place and he loved to be there with his family. He looked forward twice a year to the couples’ reunion with his siblings and their spouses, where there were always games, great food and that contagious jovial laughter from the Blad brothers, which could be heard from a mile away. 

Phil had a love for life, a positive attitude and always saw the best in people. Despite his health limitations, he always had a smile on his face, never complained and enjoyed making people laugh. He cherished his country and his membership in the church. He had a strong testimony of the gospel and of Jesus Christ.

His greatest joy was his family. He took pride in his 20 grandchildren, ages 5-25, and tried to support them in their various sports and activities. Phil is survived by his wife, Sharon Blad, children, Chris (Melanie) Blad, Shanette (Brent) Bergener, Dave Blad, Mike (Sarah) Blad, Stacia (Josh) Leugers, and 20 amazing grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings Blaine Blad, DeVon (Pauline) Blad, Merlin (Lois) Blad, Rinda (Ray) Christensen, DaleLynn (Denine) Blad, Paul (Carolyn) Blad, Kent (Ann) Blad. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Loueda Blad, sister Carla Jean Blad, sister-in-law Janell Blad, nephew Allan Blad and Ken DeVon Christensen, sister-in-law Virginia Blad.  

Funeral services will be held Monday, February 1, 2021 at 11:00 AM  at the Kanosh Ward Church. A viewing will be held for friends and family on Sunday, January 31, 2021 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Olpin Stevens Mortuary in Fillmore, Utah. There will be a viewing for family Monday, February 1, 2021 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am at the Kanosh Ward Church. Interment will be at the Kanosh Cemetery under the direction of Olpin Stevens Funeral Home. Online condolences can be offered at www.olpinstevensfuneralhome.com. Funeral is to be attended by family only but, everyone is invited to watch the Funeral Stream at https://youtu.be/bHaumG8-Xvc. To all those attending please practice social distancing and wear a mask.

 


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I remember so many get-togetherness with our Blad cousins. What a fun and lively bunch! Phil seemed to always have a smile and something fun to do in mind. Phil and my brother Karl loved to get together and explore the hills and meadows behind our house as little kids, looking for critters and adventure. Phil was always so kind to me, the pesky tag along cousin.
My love and prayers are with you as you say your final earthly goodbyes to your beloved Phil. May your hearts be comforted by your many cherished memories of him and a knowledge of Gods eternal plan.
Love you

Wendy Pope Feb 1 2021 12:00 AM

You loved life and shared that love with so many others including even rowdy and obnoxious nephews. Thank you for showing me how to love the simple things of life namely family, faith, sports, food and nature.

More than anything, I remember and will miss your infectious, hearty and jovial laugh and wry sense of humor. You always had a kind word, hug or laugh to share with everyone including me. Thanks for also seeing me as person with value and thanks for being such a great friend and support to my parents and especially my dad during their Kanosh years.

I look forward to seeing you at the Great Blad Family Reunion where epic horseshoe, baseball and cornhole games will be played, hunting and fishing stories will flow, hugs will be had, good food shared, love and laughter will abound, songs will be sung and hearts will be filled. Till then my my beloved uncle!

Kirk Blad Feb 1 2021 12:00 AM

Phil was such a great guy. Always so friendly! I remember going to the cabin with Mark to do a job up there. We arrived early that morning to find Phil up cooking breakfast. He fixed him a plate and said there's plenty for you guys. It was sooo fun to visit with him and his dog buster. Mark will always cherish the fishing trips with him. We love all of you and cherish many memories with you.

Karen Wardle Feb 1 2021 12:00 AM

Sharon I am not sure I have words to express my sympathy to you and your families for loss of Uncle Phil. I know this is the loss of the mortal relationship and his presence in your life. But I also know of the belief and knowledge Phil and you have of the eternal family. I know where he is and that he is in the arms of those who love him, you, and your family. Ben and I talked about Uncle Phil when we talk about Phil. When we were in Fillmore Ben and I were invited into your home and shared meals with your family. Ben spend time in your home when I needed a babysitter. Uncle Paul I am sorry for you and your families loss. I know that you will miss Phil but you knows where his is and you will see him again. May Gods love embrace you and fill your heart.

Mark Roe Wood Jan 30 2021 12:00 AM

I had to be that son-in-law that threw a wrench in every sporting event that we watched. Phil was a diehard BYU fan. I found it amusing to cheer on the Utes, when the two teams played, just to get a reaction out of him. Low and behold, I dislike all sporting events. It was just fun to be that pain in his butt. Love you Phil.

Joshua Leugers Jan 30 2021 12:00 AM

I am glad Phil was a fellow Salemite. He was a good friend in elementary up into high school. He grew up in a great family. He always was a great athlete. I was always impressed how happy he was and enjoyed so many things. Charles Thorpe

Charles Thorpe Jan 29 2021 12:00 AM

I am so blessed to have known and worked with Phil.
He was such a fun teacher, the kids loved him, and they knew that he loved them.
He always treated me good and was fun to work with.
Rest In Peace

Judith Hamaker Jan 29 2021 12:00 AM

Will always love this family and their son who shared the Gospel to my Mother and myself over 50yrs ago. Love all of you and sweet Sharon you are his angel. Amazing life.

Betsy Legg Jan 29 2021 12:00 AM

Coach Blad was one of my Childhood heros; he was my little league baseball coach and a family friend. They were family friends and as kids we would go and play - Shanette and I ... you were a dear man and friend ... you were and are never far from my heart... God Bless. Hey when you see Dad, give him a hug for me... and toss a baseball around. God Speed...

Shannon Greene-Cockriel Jan 29 2021 12:00 AM

Mr. Blad was one of my absolute favorite teachers growing up. I always enjoyed talking baseball with him. He is one of the reasons I chose to be a teacher and I will always cherish the time I got to learn from him as a kid.

Dakota Bullock Jan 29 2021 12:00 AM

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