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Kay Milton Blatter

Kay Milton Blatter
Born: Jul 29, 1934
Died: Dec 24, 2015


Kay Milton Blatter, 81, passed away on December 24, 2015 in Great Falls. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 11:00 am at the Chinook High School Auditorium. Arrangements have been made with Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook. 
Kay Milton Blatter was born on July 29, 1934 at the family home in Zurich, MT. Kay was the youngest of 9 living children and a set of twins that were stillborn, born to Olga (Vallenwieder) and William Lincoln Blatter. Kay attended school in Chinook his whole life and graduated from Chinook High School in 1952. Two years later in October 1954 Kay began his mission for the church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) to Switzerland. While there he met a young lady who was also a missionary by the name of Helen Ida Schrader.   Kay came home in June 1957. Helen wasn’t released from her mission, until early 1958. When he got home he started writing to her and when she got back to Salt Lake City in April of 1958 he visited her on his way from California going to Ft. Knox, Kentucky. Kay and Helen were engaged in April of 1958 and then married August 11, 1958 in the Salt Lake City Temple. The newlyweds honeymooned their way to Chinook and have been living happily here until Kay went to be with the lord on December 24, 2015, at the age of 81.
Four children were born to this joyous union, Heidi, LeAnna, Tim, and Therron. The family visited Salt Lake often and Kay loved to play lots of games and sing songs to keep them entertained. His favorite was “I love the mountains, I love the rolling hills, I love the flowers, I love the daffodils, I love to be with you when all the lights are low, boom de jada, boom de jada.” However, the kids had trouble saying daffodils, it came out daffy hills, and thus the hills around the farm got the name daffy hills. This, the family farms road Daffy Hills Lane.
In January 1962, Kay went to Ft. Benning, Georgia to attend officer candidate school and two weeks before finishing, he got word that his father had died. He had to go back to Ft. Benning the last part of the week, following the funeral, and graduated. Kay spent three more years in the National Guard and resigned his commission and got out of the guards. He served as Branch President of the Chinook Branch of the LDS church for many years.
Kay began serving as a commissioner for the Ft. Belknap Irrigation District in 1962, when the current Chairman, Kay’s father William passed away. Upon the death of George Neighbor, Kay was elected president of the board of the irrigation district and held that position until the day he died.
Kay was introduced to Barber shop singing in 1990 and immediately fell in love with that style of harmony and has been singing with the local Havre chorus since that time. He was also a member of a Barbershop quartet called “Sagebrush.”
On July 2, 1999 Kay retired from Havre Pipeline. Kay thoroughly enjoyed his retirement. One highlight of this time was an inland cruise to Alaska with his sister, Eva and the love of his life, Helen. While he was away on the cruise, there was a meeting held to organize the eight irrigation districts in the Milk River Valley from Lohman to east of Glasgow into “Milk River Joint Board of Control” and they elected Kay as Chairman. As Chair, Kay devoted much of his heart and soul into this position in which he served for many years.
Kay adored his family and lived to spend quality time with his 23 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He will be remembered for his teaching and compassion as a Boy Scout Leader, father, businessman, grandfather, committee member, and devoted husband. And you can’t forget those crazy long jokes that made Kay laugh and his eyes light up as he told them, as always, being the entertainer he was.
Kay was preceded in death by his parents, Olga and William Blatter, siblings, William, Levi, Melvin, Dave, Kenneth, and Beth. Kay is survived by his brother Cal Blatter and sister Eva Blaylock; daughters, Heidi (Eldwin) Brown, LeAnna (Ernie) Johnson, sons Timothy (Julie) Blatter and Therron (Karina) Blatter. Grandchildren, Savanna, Heather, Clinton (Melissa), and Connlin (Kelsey) Brown, Deven (Nayeli) Johnson, Tasha (Ryan) Davis, Carsey (Levi) Gonzalez, Krista (Craig) Sohn, Shani (Christian) Martin, Kaylan, Kyler, and Lincy Johnson, Tyson (Yulia) Blatter, Kylee (Paul) Burnett, Tanner, Kelena, Tallus, and Kessla Blatter, Aysha, (Thomas) Maddox, Kyle (Amanda) Blatter, Blake Molder, and Brytt Blatter, and 16 great-grandchildren. In Lieu of flowers or gifts, please make a donation in his honor to an organization of your choice that supports Barbershop or Boy Scouts of America.

Public Guest Book

Dec 28th
Mike and Yvonne Mortensen
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Blatter family. Kay was a very special person to us while we lived in Chinook, in fact he helped Mike get the job there. We loved his barbershop music. May our Heavenly Father be with you to comfort you, knowing that he certainly has earned his place in the celestial kingdom. Love, Mike and Yvonne
Dec 28th
Curtis & Bonnie Starr & Family
Your sadness should only be exceeded by your joy at having known this good man. He will always be an example for me. He used to something like this: When the Lord comes I want him to find me doing what I'm supposed to do, when I'm supposed to be doing it. Or something along those lines. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about his life in his obituary. What a wonderful legacy and example he leaves for his family and others.
Dec 28th
Betsi Knight
Sorry to hear of Kay's passing. I always enjoyed seeing him, he always had a sparkle in his eyes. He will be missed.
Dec 28th
Debbie Stout
Thinking of you all.... and remembering times spent in the Blatter home during high school!!
Some of my favorite!
Dec 29th
Dave Covington
My deepest condolences for Kay's family. I worked with Kay one summer in the early 70's, while we were employed by Duty & Jones Construction. A very hard worker and an joy to be with. Again, my best for his family.
Dec 29th
Cole Chandler
I worked in the local gas fields for 24 years and thus shared many times with Kay. Kay always added joy my day and I looked forward to meeting him at a well site where he would be calibrating a meter.
There are those rare men who exude kindness and respect and Kay was one of those men.
Dec 29th
Steve Davies
To the Kay Blatter family and on behalf of the Bureau of Reclamation we send our sincere condolences to the entire extended family. Kay has been such a positive fixture for the entire Milk River Project. He will be greatly missed, but fondly remembered for his professionalism and dedication to the Project and irrigators everywhere. Kay was always one to reach across the table and shake your hand, and say thank you. We will miss his many great stories. God Bless
Dec 30th
Alvera and Llindy Wickstrom
To the Blatter Family

We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to all your families. It was a pleasure, to know and work with Kay, at Northern Natural Gas Company. While we lived and worked at the Havre District (1977-1981). Kay was an excellent person and employee.

Alvera and Lindy
Dec 31st
Jeanne Pepos
I worked with Kay at Enron many years ago. He was the nicest, kindest and most wonderful man ever. I'm sure he will be missed.
Jan 2nd
dianne gameon
He will be missed. He was in the Chinook youth group when I lived there and we all enjoyed the fun he brought to the group.

D
Jan 13th
Glenn and Bonnie Patchell
We want you all to know how much we thought of Kay and your family. We missed seeing you the last time we were in Chinook, and now with Kay's passing, we are sorry we didn't make connections. Kay and I were especially close just before he went on his mission, and I enjoyed our reunion when he returned. It wasn't long before I went on my mission. I remember Kay telling me about the wonderful woman he met on his mission. Along with Bruce and Brant Seamons and Gerold Stirling, we were the only Mormons to go on missions at that time from our little branch. We will miss seeing Kay on our trips to Chinook. Our love and prayers are with the Blatter family.
Love,
Glenn and Bonnie Patchell
 

 

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