Dennis Pickett Blackhurst

08/20/1937 - 12/03/2013

Dennis Pickett Blackhurst, born August 20, 1937, in Pocatello, Idaho, passed away on December 3, 2013, in Mesa, Arizona. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Rose Mary, five beautiful daughters, Melenie Reynolds (Lane), Jennifer Cava, Juliette Qureshi (Ahmed), Brigitte Snowden (David), Alison Knudson (Kelly), 18 grandchildren and brother Hoyt Blackhurst (Kathy). A graduate of Brigham Young University and University of Arizona School of Law, Dennis was a successful lawyer for 36 years. Highlights were service as a Maricopa County prosecutor and partnership at Udall, Shumway, Blackhurst, Allen, Lyons & Bentley, where he represented the Mesa and Gilbert Public School Districts. He served his country in the United States Army, receiving an honorable discharge in 1963. Dennis served faithfully as a bishop and missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including full-time missions in England as a young man and in Hawaii and New York with Rose Mary after he retired. He loved golf and the friendships it brought. He was a talented pianist who loved to play hymns and classic Broadway show tunes. Dennis was a darling husband, devoted father and loving grandfather. Visitation will be Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 6-8 pm, at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 North Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona and from 10:00 to 10:30 am, prior to funeral services at 11 AM on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2835 East Des Moines, Mesa, Arizona. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the LDS Missionary Fund at www.ldsphilanthropies.org/missionary/.

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