Brian Blandford

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Sgt. Brian W. Blandford, 39, of Caldwell, formerly of Glenns Ferry, died Sunday, July 27, 2008, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 1, at Caldwell First Baptist Church with Chaplain (Maj.) Rob Morris, JFHQ Chaplain for Idaho Army National Guard, officiating. Friends may send condolences to Brian's family at

Brian was born Jan. 22, 1969, at Hailey, Idaho. He moved with his family to Truckee, Calif., where he was raised and educated.

Brian had two passions in life, his family and his music, his family said. "He adored his family and loved spending time with them. Together they enjoyed fishing, camping and practical jokes.

"Brian's passion for music touched everyone who knew him," they added. He played many instruments and was a member of the Idaho National Guard 25th Army Band for 10 years.

"Brian was a loving, caring and talented man," his family said.

Brian is survived by: his wife of 18 years, Gina; sons Tristram, 15, Trey Kevin Bailey, 20, Drew Blandford, 19, and Beau Blandford, 18; his mother, Deann (Art) Meli; his father, Steve Blandford; brothers Chris (Katrina) Blandford, Clayton Blandford and Adam (Edith) Meli; his grandmother, Velda Blandford, and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Brian was preceded in death by his grandfather, Carl Blandford, and mother-in-law Virginia Jones.

In lieu of flowers, a benevolent account for Tristram has been set up. Contributions may be made at any Washington Mutual Bank branch.