Retired prominent educator, Dr. A. Blaine Huntsman, Sr., died Saturday, June 23, 1990 at 11:59 p.m. after a long illness in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was 79 years old.
Dr. Huntsman was born in Fillmore, Utah on October 5, 1910 to Alonzo and Nellie (Melville) Huntsman. He attended the University of Utah and earned a B.S. degree in education, with minors in music and business from BYU. In 1934 Dr. Huntsman married Kathleen (Robison), his loving and devoted wife who bore him three sons: Dr. A. Blaine, Jr., of Salt Lake City, Utah, banker and university dean and professor; Jon M., of Salt Lake City, businessman; and R. Clayton, of St. George, Utah, lawyer.Dr. Huntsman is survived by his three sons, 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. His wife, Kathleen died of cancer in 1969. He remarried in 1971 to Helen Rockway, who died in 1987, from cancer. Dr. Huntsman is also survived by a sister, Florence Meeks, of Altadena, California and a brother, Scott, of Toquerville, Utah; preceding him in death were his parents; brother, Harold; sisters, Afton (Schwartz) and Merodean (Bunker); and brother Clayton William, a pilot who died in World War II.
A lifelong educator, Dr. Huntsman began his illustrious career in 1935 teaching in small Idaho schools. He quickly rose to become an administrator at Pocatello High School. He built a comfortable home there, before volunteering his services as a naval officer in World War II.
Following the war, he earned an M.A. and Ed.D at Stanford University. He was the recipient of many prestigious awards, grants, and internships there. He then became assistant superintendent of the Los Altos, California Elementary School District, and in 1958 was selected as Superintendent of the Los Altos-Mountain View Union High School District. He distinguished himself by his progressive vision and competent administration during a 12 year period of explosive growth and social change. The district consisted of 5500 students, over 1000 faculty and staff, and multi-million dollar budgets. He fostered cultural and minority understanding, honors programs of national ranking, and community interaction. He retired in 1970, after the death of Kathleen.
An accomplished violinist, Dr. Huntsman soloed over KSL, and played first violin for the University of Utah Symphony Orchestra, predecessor to the Utah Symphony Orchestra. He was committed to Naval service, achieving rank of Lt. Commander in the Reserves. He attended the Naval War College. He was elected District Governor, Northern California (San Francisco coast) of Rotary International in 1970 and later served an LDS mission to Adelaide, Australia with his wife Helen. He was a devout but independent member of the LDS Church, and was active and effective in advancing many educational community, and charitable causes.
Dr. Huntsman was close to the earth. He took pride in growing prize peaches, corn, tomatoes, and other produce in California. An avid outdoorsman, he loved fishing, hunting, and camping in the wilds of Utah, Idaho, Nevada, California, British Columbia, and Alaska. He built, mostly by himself, two beautiful houses, including a large redwood shingle home in Los Altos, California.
He was a unique, multi-talented, and loving father, husband, educator, and human being. He will be greatly missed.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 30th, at 12 noon in the Olpin Mortuary Chapel in Fillmore, Utah, where friends may call Saturday one hour prior to services. Burial will follow in the Fillmore City Cemetery.
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