Richard Wayne Blake was born in Delta, Utah, on July 22, 1948. The first of seven children, he grew up in Brigham City, Utah and graduated from Utah State University after serving a mission to Guatemala for the LDS Church. Moving his family to Mesa, Arizona, he began his professional career as a Certified Public Accountant and served as a community volunteer.
An outstanding leader in Boy Scouts of America, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and was presented the Silver Beaver award for his service to Scouting for over 40 years. His skill as a wood carver began while in Scouts carving neckerchief slides.
Surviving him are his children Amy Bunker (Mathew), Mesa AZ; Ryan D. Blake (Becky), St. Joseph MO, Rebecca Haymore (Jeff), Powder Springs, GA; Scott Blake (Cheryse), Mesa AZ; Steven Blake (Aida), Stansbury Park, UT; 23 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at the Thunder Mountain Ward Building, 7752 E. McDowell Road, Mesa, Arizona at 4:00 pm. Visitation will begin at 3:00pm. Richard will be buried in the Brigham City Cemetery August 11, 2017.