Blaine Imlay
03/25/2021

Blaine Imlay, our beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away on March 25, 2021, due to injuries sustained in a fall.

Blaine was born January 1, 1936, in St. George, Utah to George Wilson and Ina Humphries Imlay and grew up in Hurricane. Blaine met the love of his life, Miriam Hafen, while she worked at the local Dairy Queen. They were married for time and all eternity in the St. George Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and remained married for 60 years before Miriam died in 2016.

He loved being around his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. His family was his pride and joy. His children learned from him the value of hard work, integrity, and honoring family responsibilities. All who knew Blaine considered him a true friend, and he had many.

Blaine began working for his grandfather, rancher Wilson Imlay, as a young teenager at his farm in Hurricane. In his career as a truck driver, he worked for Milne Truck Lines in California, OM Porter, and Rocky Mountain Company in St.

George, where he drove and later managed the trucking operations. After many years working with Rocky Mountain, he retired and continued driving for River Bend Express, PCI, and Parke Cox Trucking. Throughout his career, he made many lifelong friends. He had a true passion for the industry, was a major force in the local trucking industry, and kept trucking until he was nearly 80.

Blaine joined the St. George Volunteer Fire Department in 1973 and faithfully served his community until 2018. He loved being a firefighter and the friends he made through the years in the department.

Some of Blaine’s other greatest passions included gardening and adventures in the mountains with his family and friends. He loved hunting, fishing, cutting firewood, Dutch oven cooking, and pine nut picking. He passed the love of the outdoors to his kids and grandkids.

After he purchased property at Mountain Meadow, he cultivated a large garden, where he grew everything from watermelons to pumpkins to squash and corn. His grandchildren remember their Grandpa Blaine and Grandma Miriam taking them as children to “help” at the garden and watching them, even in their later years, labor happily for hours on end. Blaine would then distribute his produce

throughout town to just about everyone he knew. He continued gardening until the end of his life, even as his health declined. Blaine really struggled after the loss of Miriam and found it difficult to go on without her. Although his family will miss him immensely, we are comforted

knowing he’s reunited with his sweetheart.

Blaine is survived by his children: Stacie York (David) of Burley, ID; Julie Manuele (Marc) of St. George, UT; Dave Imlay (Michelle) of Hurricane, UT; Darren Imlay (Julie) of St. George, UT; and Chad Imlay (Rose) of Manti, UT; as well as thirteen grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren and one on the way.

He is also survived by his brothers and in-laws: LeGrande Imlay (Helene); Barton Imlay; Laura Hafen; Kent Hafen (Diane); Sherman Hafen (Mary Louise); Arlyn Hafen (Jeanne); and Barbara Robinson (Thomas).

He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Frank Imlay, and his sister Raeola Connell.

A viewing will be held Friday, April 2, 2021, 9:30 – 10:45 at  Spilsbury Mortuary. Funeral services will be Friday, April 2, 2021, at 11:00 am at Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel, 110 S Bluff St., St. George, Utah. Interment will follow in the Santa Clara City Cemetery.

Friends and Family that are unable to attend are invited to view the funeral service online: http://webcast.funeralvue.com/events/viewer/51101

Arrangements are under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, St. George 435-673-2454. Family and friends are invited to sign an online guestbook at www.spilsburymortuary.com.

 

 

Services

Visitation

9:30 – 10:45 am
04/02/2021

Services

11:00 am
04/02/2021

Address

Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel
110 S. Bluff
St. George, UT

Cemetery

12:00 pm
04/02/2021
Santa Clara City Cemetery
3780 Windmill Drive
Santa Clara, Utah

Guest Book

10 Responses

  1. Sending our condolences to your family at this time. Blaine was a good and kind man. May you feel peace in knowing he is having a grand reunion at this time on the other side. With love, Evan & JoLin Schimbeck

  2. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Family at this time. Pray for peace and comfort for all. With Love, Ken and Shari Adams

  3. As great neighbors …we think of you often…and pray for you all at this time with the passing of your father..and hope your sorrows will be lessened

  4. A great man, who has made a profound impact in my life. From giving me a driving job when I had little experience, to raising sons who have been great friends. We will miss you, but happy you’re reunited with Miriam

  5. Love Blaine so much, I will miss his dearly, he was one of my favorite people, he gave some of the best hugs, but I am sure he is so happy to be reunited with the love of his life…….I’m sure they already have a gardening spot tilled and ready for him to plant……god bless you Blaine until we meet again!! Love you!
    Stacy Welch

  6. I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your father, I so appreciated being his barber for many years and the friendship we shared and the visits as I cut his hair. I know how much he loved all of you and I so appreciated my association with him. I have missed cutting his hair and he will always remain a very special man in my life. My love to all of you during this time of loss.
    Bill and Maxiene Vandenberghe

  7. We have so many memories or this great man and friend! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Much love, Jack and Mabel Holt

  8. Dear Julie, Marc, Robyn, and Taylor:
    Very glad that we could attend the funeral service from Orem. We love you very much. So very sorry to loose your father and grandfather. We hope the rest of the day will be beautiful. We miss you and look forward to seeing you soon.
    Love,
    Chuck & Stefanie

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