Traverse City Record-Eagle


November 24, 2013

Scott Blanchard

LUMMI ISLAND, Wash. — Scott Blanchard, age 56, died at his home on Lummi Island, Wash., Nov. 9, 2013, after a long illness. He was born Oct. 14, 1957, in Marshalltown, Iowa, to Janice and Dennis Blanchard.

Scott graduated from the University of Iowa and the University of Oregon Law School.

He left his work as an attorney to become an educator to focus on preventing some of the social problems he encountered as a lawyer. His life work was as the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Northern Michigan. He was passionate about women’s rights and was proud to serve the most disenfranchised. He also started Horizons House, a residential program for pregnant and parenting teens in Petoskey. He served on multiple committees and boards including Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

The last 10 years Scott used his portable saw mill to build unique houses by hand on Lummi Island. He also was proud to serve as a volunteer EMT and firefighter on Lummi.

He was known for his sense of humor, creative mind, his unending positive attitude and zest for life. Scott wanted to remind us all that love and friendship are the most important things in life.

He is survived by his wife, Alice Clayton; his father, Dennis Blanchard, of Dallas, Texas; his sisters, Robyn Zier, of South Lake, Texas, and Beth Blanchard, of Colleyville, Texas; aunts, Pam Robison Krotz (Bob Krotz), of Gig Harbor, Wash., Patsi Robison, also of Gig Harbor, Sandy Robison Kos (Frank Kos), of Humble, Texas, and Dorothy Blanchard (Beryl). In addition, there are numerous beloved cousins, nieces and nephews. He also created family with deep friendships in Petoskey, Traverse City and Lummi Island, Wash.

A celebration of Scott’s life was held Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Lummi Island Grange.

Memorial donations may be made to the Lummi Island Fire Hall, 3809 Legoe Bay Road, Lummi Island, WA 98262; Lummi Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Road, Lummi Island, WA 98262; or the Planned Parenthood of your choice.

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