I debated whether I should post this or not but decided that considering this is my form of a family history it needs to be included. I love my Grandpa Bitner with all of my heart and him going was really difficult for me. My very most favorite memory to revisit of Grandpa is that every single time he would see me he would say (with his famous twinkle in his eye) "there's my girl!" and follow it up with a giant bear hug. I felt like I was the most loved and important little girl in all the world! I WAS his girl! Later I found out that he said this to many of my cousins and he made all of us feel as special as I did. What a special special man! He is going to be a great asset where he is now and I am so grateful to have had as much time with him as we did.
Blaine Barr Bitner 1916 ~ 2009 Blaine Barr Bitner, 93, peacefully passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2009 at home, in Salt Lake City. He will be remembered for his positive attitude, his great sense of humor, friendly demeanor and work ethic.Blaine was born to Milton Osguthorpe Bitner and Edith A. Olson Bitner on April 4, 1916, in Parleys Park, Utah. He was the oldest of six children. He attended the University of Utah for two years. Blaine married Rose Hall in the Logan LDS Temple on July 29, 1941. She passed away on January 25, 2001. He married Ardis Updegraff Cushing on November 3, 2001. Blaine and Rose began their journey together on the family sheep ranch at Parleys Park, near Park City, Utah. They moved to Salt Lake City in 1952. They spent the summers at the ranch and the winters in Salt Lake City. He was always active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving as a Ward Clerk, in the High Priests, Sunday School, and Temple, and on five Stake Missions. He was an example of missionary work to all he met. He dearly loved the gospel of Jesus Christ, and his family, and had the blessings associated with that love. He has been blessed with a large posterity and the love and respect of many outside his direct family. Each of the family has a special feeling toward their grandpa Bitner because of his love for them and their experiences shared with him. He was a prominent sheep rancher for his life's work, having worked actively there until shortly before his passing. He also worked in excavating and construction of many roads and other large projects in the Salt Lake Valley, Summit and Morgan Counties. He was known by his wide association with many different people and quick smile and engaging conversation for all of them. He always enjoyed the outdoors, and was proud that he shot an elk when he was 89 years old. They were blessed with ten children, Wade (Sandra), Carol (John) Davis, Mary Ann (Roger) Mecham, David (Karen), Roger (Louise), Charlene Hall, Mark (died at age 7), Julie (Stephen) Hall, Brian (Carolyn) and Cindy (Al) Jensen. Blaine and Ardis enjoyed the love and association of their combined posterity of 251. He is also survived by Ardis' children Colleen (Mark) Magleby, K. Wayne (Suzie) Cushing, Ron (Jeanne) Cushing, Sharon (Scott) Moake, and by his brothers Willis, and Lee. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Vaughn, Keith, and sister Joyce. We appreciate all those who lovingly cared for Blaine, especially Ardis. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 30th at 12:00 noon, at the Mountain View Third Ward Chapel, 1889 South 1700 East, Salt Lake City. A viewing will be held on Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 South Highland Drive, and at the chapel prior to the service on Tuesday from 11:00-11:45 a.m. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
On June 25th My dear Grandpa Bitner died. (more to come in another post) Part of the viewing was going to be a table with the family photos of all of his children's families. (He had 10 children 9 living) Well, we haven't had a big family photo for years and years and had to get one done in a hurry. Luckily Jason took a bunch of classes in photography and we decided the quickest easiest way to do it was have him take the so here is a sample. (these are raw photos uncropped or touched up) I think he did a great job for his first time!
CJ was so upset on this ride because he was just sure it wasn't locked down and so he stressed himself silly and pulled a few arm muscles trying to keep himself and his sister securely in the seats. Poor kid. (It really was locked actually)
Sarah made us wait in line one more time to insure that she got the dragon. She wasn't sure if it was really what she wanted after all once the ride began.
They had just come from a ride called the star ship and it is basically a salad spinner.
PS whoever's idea it was to do the shorts and the Hawaiian shirts I so love you!
Thanks Grandma Hill for the pitch pipe!
See how happy my baby is when he's singing with good people we love!?!
Set up, with the Holmans help
I love my kids and they were troopers. This is the same day that our Grandpa died but the show must go on and we will support each other with out fail.
On the June 25Th Jason and his "Music Man" quartet now known as Jest In Time did a half hour show for TaylorsvilleDayzz this year. They are did awesome and are awesome! Kelly Dan and Brad have become good friends.