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John Hoyt Blackhurst

10/25/1935 - 01/29/2015
Service Date: 02/06/2015
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mesa East Stake Center, 2228 E. Brown Road, Mesa, Arizona

Born October 25, 1935 in Pocatello, ID, passed away January 29, 2015, in Mesa, AZ.  Hoyt, son of J. Bryan and Arilla Blackhurst and brother of B. Kent and Dennis P. Blackhurst, who preceded him in death, is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Kathy, children Holly, Suzy, (Scott) Perkinson, Bruce (Misti), Betsy (Scot) Rigby, Dennis (Thelissa); 24 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and sister-in-law Rose Mary Blackhurst.

A graduate of Brigham Young University and the University of Utah School of Law, Hoyt worked in the insurance industry, retiring from the legal department of Scottsdale Insurance Company in 2000.  An active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served in many capacities and he and Kathy served a full-time mission at church headquarters in Salt Lake City.  He loved his church, his family, golf, sports, movies and books.  He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be Thurs., February 5, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 North Centennial Way, Mesa and from 9:00-9:45 AM on Friday, February 6, 2015, prior to funeral services at 10:00 AM at the Mesa East Stake Center, 2228 E. Brown Road, Mesa, AZ.


  • With sympathy at the passing of a gentle great giant. He was loved and respected by many outside his family as well as adored by his near family. He will be missed by those left behind here on earth, but there must be great rejoicing by those whom he has joined.

  • Earlene and Roger Porter

    The world is a little sadder without this big cousin. Love to Kathy and family.

  • Leon and Connie Fish

    Oh, how we loved President Hoyt Blackhurst! He was such a gentle giant, soft-spoken, kind, genuine, and one that was respected by everyone that came in contact with him. We will miss him. Deepest condolences to all of the members of his family.

  • Gaylene Merxhant

    i will always cherish the gentle leadership of this great man. What a wonderful life and example President Hoyt Blackhurst gave to everyone!

  • I feel blessed to have been instructed by Hoyt while serving as an Elders Quorum President and later as a member of the High Council. He lived true to the faith and honored his covenants. Well done thou good and faithful servant.

  • Ron and ️Jacque Burton

    Kathy & Family, We extend to you our sympathy at this time & pray for the loving comfort & peace of the Holy Spirit to be with you at this time. We are serving in the Okland/San Francisco Mission presently. Our prayers & thoughts are with you. Much love, ️Elder & Sister Ronald C Burton

  • Ron andJacque Burton

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this time. How joyous the reunion when we meet again. Love ️Elder & Sister Ronald C. Burton

  • Condolences to all Hoyt’s loved ones. What a great man.

  • Rhonda Potter Johnson

    My thoughts are with the Blackhurst family during this time. I am sad to hear. I will always remember his genuine smile.

  • Dear, dear Kathy,

    I was so sorry to hear your sweet devoted hubby passed away. Sherrill emailed me a few days ago. There will be an emptiness that won’t be filled until you are together again. But your memories and family will help fill that void. As I read the obituary I realized what a great posterity you two have…what a blessing. It will be five years this month since my Bruce passed away and I truly believe in some way or another at some times they certainly are able to watch over their family from where they are. So I pray you might feel his presence at times and be comforted. I send you my love, I know it has been a long hard journey these last few months. Sally Gunnell

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