Don Blanchard, WA7GTU (SK) 4 Sep 2021

This morning at about 11:00AM, I dropped by the home of my good friend Don Blanchard, WA7GTU, to pick up some equipment he had requested that we pick up to use for the Utah VHF Society. I was very saddened to hear that he passed away peacefully at his home with family members present earlier this morning. I spent some very special moments with his family and assisted his daughter, Leeann Blanchard, KU7GRL, announce his passing on the Beehive Utah Net as it began today.

Don has devoted significant part of his life helping hundreds if not thousands of individuals learn about
electronics and how to become an amateur radio operator. He was responsible for setting up one of the
earliest repeaters, if not the first, in Utah. His repeater was issued the first FCC repeater call sign
WR7AAA in the seventh call area. Working with repeaters became his passion for amateur radio setting up repeaters and keeping them on the air, he played a key role in establishing the Intermountain Intertie
system many of you have used and enjoy. He has assisted with input to almost every repeater in the state of Utah. He has served as the Vice President of the Utah VHF Society for over twenty years and provided many significant contributions to the Utah VHF Society.

Don was one of the original members of the Beehive Utah Net and served for many years as one of the net control offices managing this ARRL Traffic Net. All the members of the net knew and respected Don. He was always there ready to help and assist.

We have lost a giant of a man and I know he will never be forgotten.

For those interested the Blanchard family asked me to announce a viewing will be held from 12:00 to 12:45 PM Saturday, 11 September 2021, with a funeral service to follow at 1:00 PM at the Stake center on 3575 North, Minersville Highway, Cedar City, Utah.

We will all miss Don

Mel Parkes, NM7P
President Utah VHF Society