Col. Blaine E. Anderson, 78, retired Army officer and former Utah educator, died Dec. 23, 1988, in the Salt Lake Veterans Administration Medical Center of leukemia.

He joined the Utah National Guard in 1935 and served for 31 years, retiring from the Regular Army. He earned many awards and citations, including the Legion of Merit as a battalion commander in Korea. He also won the Distinguished Flying Cross of Valor, the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service in Combat in Saipan, the Philippines and in Okinawa, the Air Medal for Combat Flights in Korea and the Army Commendation Ribbon for valorous action in uniform.In the 1960s, he was senior Army adviser for the Utah National Guard at Fort Douglas. He was instrumental in writing the initial studies that led to adoption of the ROTC program.

In October of this year, he was honored by Snow College as a Distinguished Alumni during the college's centennial celebration.

Col. Anderson also was a teacher and principal in Utah for 121/2 years. He was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving as a bishop in the Wahiawa Ward in Hawaii. He had been a high council member and high priest group leader. He and his wife, Hazel Mary, served a mission in Fiji. He had worked for many years in the Salt Lake Temple.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 28 in the Parley's 5th Ward, 2651 E. Stringham Ave. Friends may call at 4670 S. Highland Drive from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and at the church for an hour before the services Wednesday. Burial will be in the Mayfield City Cemetery.