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Francis “Frank” C. Blaine

Frank Blaine obituary photoFrancis “Frank” C. Blaine, age 84, of Huron, died Saturday evening, November 13, 2010, at the Huron Regional Medical Center.  His funeral mass was celebrated at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, November 17th at Holy Trinity Catholic Church by Rev. Terry Anderson.  Burial will be at the Custer City Cemetery.  Military Rites was conducted by the Huron Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to the Holy Trinity School. 

Francis Clare Blaine was born on March 11, 1926, at Custer, South Dakota, to Frank C. and Clare (Lafferty) Blaine.  He grew up at Custer and graduated from Custer High School.  Francis served in the US Navy Air Corps during WWII. He attended college at Carroll College at Helena, Montana and Black Hill State College in Spearfish, South Dakota, and the University of Denver, where he received his Masters Degree, South Dakota State University and South Dakota School of Mines in Rapid City.

On June 7, 1952, he married Marguerite Diez at Mission, South Dakota.  Francis served as Superintendent of Schools for forty years in South Dakota and three years in Colorado.  Franks teaching career took him to the following communities; Teacher at Buffalo High School, Buffalo, SD 1948-1950, High School Principal and teacher at Mission, TCHS from 1950-1954, Superintendent and teacher at Draper, SD 1954-1958 and 1960-1963, Superintendent and teacher at Sedgwick, CO 1958-1960, Superintendent and teacher at Presho, SD 1963-1969, Superintendent of Schools in Deadwood, SD 1969-1971, Superintendent of Schools in Clear Lake, Duel County, SD 1971-1977, Superintendent of Schools in Lennox, SD 1977-1980 Elementary Principal at Waubay, SD 1980-1982, Superintendent and teacher at Colome, SD 1982-1991.  In 1991 he retired and moved to Huron. 

Frank's passion was reading books - with history being his favorite subject.  He enjoyed music throughout his life and would join quartets and choirs in the communities they lived, including the Silvertones in Huron.  He was active in the Knights of Columbus serving as a Grand Knight in Presho.  He was a member of many professional and community organizations (Toastmaster's, Kiwanis, and Lions Clubs, American Legion Commander) and he taught religious education classes throughout his life.  He was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church. 

Many of his grandchildren fondly remember rides he would give in his red two-wheel utility wagon and helping him work in the yard.

Survivors include his wife, Marguerite of Huron; five children, Joan Robley of Phoenix, Arizona, Marilyn (Dave) DeBoer of Huron, Mark (Lisa) Blaine of Omaha, Nebraska, Christine (Jerry) Rahn of Sioux Falls, and Frank (Cheryl) Blaine Jr. of Hartford; nineteen grandchildren, Tiffany (Jason Gallant) Blaine, Holli Powell, Sarita (Matt) Pollock, Amber DeBoer, Autumn DeBoer, Brandon DeBoer, Anthony Blaine, Andrea Blaine, Preston Blaine, Madison Blaine, McKenzie Blaine, Mitchell Blaine, McKenna Blaine, Gregory Blaine, Jeff Sanborn, Chris Bixler, Trevor Blaine, Devon Blaine and Levi Blaine; three great grandchildren, Randi Grossmiller, Tatum Grossmiller and Mason Sanborn; and one brother, James (Hazel) Blaine of Custer.

Francis was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Phillip and Joseph; and one sister, Margaret Brown. 

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