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Nov. 17, 1956 ~ Nov. 19, 2017

Our Husband, Father, Pop’s, and Friend Kerry Blaine Abbott has passed on to Paradise. He passed away from a progressive lung disease on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at the age of 61 years.

Blaine was born on November 17, 1956, to Kerry and Bonnie Abbott. He married Barb (his hunting partner) in Delta, Utah in 1977, and lived the majority of their 40-year marriage at the “Res” in Delta. His passions were hunting, fishing, skiing, boating, and was well-known as being an awesome chef and baker. He was even a phenomenal knitter, and his specialty was making beanies for NICU babies. We would always tease that he was the best grandma around. The loves of his life were his wife Barb, son Chantry, daughter-in-law Cristy, and grandson Nixon. When Chantry married Cristy, Blaine quickly adopted her as his own. Chantry knew that he was on thin ice, because if he messed up with Cristy he knew where Blaine’s loyalty was, and Chantry would be on the outside looking in. Chantry was his son by blood, but Cristy was his daughter by choice. When Nixon was born in 2014 we all become second and third string.

At the start of their marriage Blaine was a uranium miner in Blanding, Utah, and later followed in his dad’s footsteps becoming a heavy-equipment operator. This took Blaine and Barb on an eight-year adventure traveling rural Utah before “settling down” in Delta. He was a perfectionist in all that he did and enjoyed his work as a grader operator. He loved attending his son’s many years of sports. He was always involved with coaching and especially liked keeping score and stats. More recently his passion became playing poker online, and making a weekly (sometimes a couple if Barb would allow) trip(s) to Mesquite to play in a tournament. He loved playing with and especially teaching his grandson Nixon his ABC’s. Whenever we had a tough time getting Nixon to take a nap (which was almost every nap) we would have Blaine come to the rescue. His patients, while annoying at most times, were so good that he could literally spend 2 hours laying with Nixon and patting his back saying “you will feel better when you wake up.” Blaine would even lay on the bed staring at the ceiling for hours while Nixon slept. Nixon and Blaine had an immediate bond. Nixon called him Pop’s (not sure where that came from), but this is what we will always remember him by.

Survived by his wife, Barbara Blanch Abbott, his son and wife, Chantry and Cristy Abbott, grandson, Nixon, all of St. George, Utah. His sister Gina Mikkola, brother Vance (Big John). Preceded in death by his parents, Kerry and Bonnie, and brother Myron. A Celebration of life will be held at the home of Chantry and Cristy Abbott in St. George, UT on Sunday, December 31 from 6-8 p.m. Light food and beverages will be served. Message the family for address and to RSVP.

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