Aug 25, 2008 - Aug 25, 2008
Memorial services for Wyoming native Stan Blakeman of Dubois will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the Headwaters Center in Dubois.
A carry-in dinner will immediately follow. Meat entree and bread will be provided.
Mr. Blakeman died on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008, at his home in Dubois. He was 78 years old.
Stanley Gordon Blakeman was born in Rock River, Wyo., on March 27, 1930. He was graduated from Rock River High School in 1948 and served four years in the U.S. Navy.
In the spring of 1953, he married Twila Jean McKinley, also of Rock River, in a service at St. Mary's of the Plains Church in Rock River.
The son of a wildcat oilman, Mr. Blakeman began his professional career in the Wyoming oilfields. Later, having established a career as an electrician, he worked on the Atlas and Minuteman Missile projects in and around Francis E. Warren Air Force Base at Cheyenne.
In 1965, Mr. Blakeman moved his wife and five small children to Dubois. There, he and his wife, Twila, built the Circle Up Camper Court. They owned and operated that business for 30 years. Mr. Blakeman also practiced his electrician's trade, owning and operating the contracting firm of Circle Electric.
In 1995, Mr. and Mrs. Blakeman sold the Circle Up and retired to a home that he built on the west edge of Dubois.
During his more than 40 years in Dubois, Mr. Blakeman was a dedicated member and leader of numerous volunteer government and civic organizations, including the Dubois Volunteer Fire Department, the Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Volunteers Inc., the Wind River Visitor's Council, The U.S. Highway 287 Association, the U.S Highway 26 Association, and the Dubois ATV Club.
In addition, Mr. Blakeman was elected to serve on the Dubois Town Council, the Riverton Valley Electric Association board, and the Wyoming Rural Electrical board.
Mr. Blakeman spearheaded an effort to create and operate the National Big Horn Sheep Interpretive Center in Dubois, which opened in 1993. That same year, he was appointed by Gov. Mike Sullivan to serve on the Wyoming Travel Commission. Mr. Blakeman was also a Master Mason, a member of Dubois Lodge #53 AF&AM.
Mr. Blakeman is survived by his wife, Twila, of Dubois; children, Vicki Blakeman of Livingston, Mont., Halli Reed and husband of Bozeman, Mont., Jacki Blakeman of Dubois, Traci Isaly and husband of Bozeman, Mont., Matt Blakeman and wife of Lincoln City, Oregon: 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Rodney Blakeman and wife of Evanston, Richard Blakeman and wife of Laramie; two sisters, Patricia Bortz of Laramie, Diana Marlow and husband of Laramie, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Hal Blakeman; mother, Grace Blakeman; brothers Robert and Bill Blakeman, and sister Donna Blakeman.
On-line obituaries are available and condolences for the family may be made at: thedavisfuneralhome.com
Arrangements are by the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.