Blaine F. Theobald, a longtime resident of Hinckley, Utah, passed away peacefully at the age of 94 on Sunday, December 27, 2020. Blaine was born in Hinckley, Utah on January 18, 1926 to Lafayette and Ethel Webb Theobald. Blaine was 4 pounds when he was born on a cold January morning. Since he was so small, to keep him warm, his Mother placed him in a shoebox and set him next to a woodburning stove. In his early years, Blaine attended school in Hinckley, where he excelled in sports. He was student body president when he graduated Hinckley High in 1944.
Blaine enlisted in the U.S. Army right out of high school in June 1944. He was assigned to the European Theater in the 7th Armored Division, 24th Calvary Reconnaissance. Blaine was in many battles, including the Battle of Bulge, Harz Mt. Campaign, Black Forest Campaign, and Dachau Concentration Camp where he removed the padlock off the gate to liberate the camp. Blaine never forgot the faces of those who suffered there. During his time of service, he lost his brother, George Maxwell Theobald, who was shot down over Germany and is still missing in action.
Upon his return from World War II, Blaine worked for many years at the Tooele Ordinance Depot, United States Postal Service, and IFA Country Stores. Blaine’s true passion and love was farming. Blaine was a full-time rancher and farmer, following in his father’s footsteps. With his ability and hard work, he helped many by teaching them his agriculture skills.
Blaine had a love for animals. He loved wild mustangs, horses, all his dogs named Brownie, and Hey-You. He also had a special spot for his many cats. In his later years, he became fascinated with digging trilobites and going to the bug bed.
Blaine married Luella Gulliford in 1958. They were later divorced in 1978.
In October 2019, Blaine lost his home and was severely burnt in a fire which was extremely hard on him. After the fire, Blaine was taken in by Dave Johnson. Our family will be forever grateful to Dave Johnson and his family for the care that they offered to Blaine until his passing. Our family would like to acknowledge Blaine’s niece, Charleen (Don) Weaver, for moving to Hinckley following the passing of his Blaine’s sister, Glena in March 2007. At the request of Glena, Charleen and Don moved to Hinckley and watched over Blaine for the past 13 years.
Blaine is survived by his nieces and their families: Kaylin Wulf, Cheryl Cooper, Don Weaver, Veron Godfrey, and many great nieces and nephews. Blaine was preceded in death by his parents, sister: Glena, brother-in-law: Stan, brother: George Maxwell, nieces: Charleen Weaver and Karma Godfrey, nephews-in-law: Dennis Cooper and Willie Wulf; and Lloyd Petty.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, January 2, at 3:00 pm, at the Nickle Mortuary, 190 S Center St, Delta, Utah. A Viewing will be held, 2:00-2:45 pm, prior to the service. Interment with military rites will be held at the Hinckley City Cemetery. Due to concerns related to COVID-19, masks and social distancing are required. Condolences may be left at www.nicklemortuary.com