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R. Blaine Soelberg

October 15, 1942 ~ June 15, 2022 (age 79)

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R. Blaine Soelberg, 79 of Payette passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2022. Blaine Soelberg loved and lived for his family and appropriately spent the last several hours of his life surrounded by his family who loved him very much. He passed away on June 15, 2022, at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Boise, Idaho, after suffering a stroke. Blaine’s most important titles were husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and all who met him were his friend. He had respect and love for all people and quietly lifted and served others — often those who were downtrodden. His kind, gentle and pure heart left a lasting example for family and friends to love other people and to love our Savior Jesus Christ. Blaine was not a man of many words, but instead chose to teach through his actions and how he treated other people. Renoldo Blaine Soelberg was born on October 15, 1942, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Renoldo Truman (R.T.) Soelberg and Nelda Mae Bills. Blaine grew up playing and working with his three brothers, LeGrand, Glade and DeeRay. They lived in eastern Idaho and then Moses Lake, Washington, and finally settled in Payette, Idaho. Blaine learned the value of hard work at an early age and often had farm work and other chores to keep him occupied after school. Part of his farm work included tending to cows, horses, and sheep. Blaine developed a love for farming and gardening in his childhood. He also loved licorice and Black Jack gum. In high school, Blaine was on the basketball and track teams and graduated from Payette High School. Blaine continued his education at Ricks College where he would graduate with an Associates Degree. He paused his education to serve two important parts of his life – God and his country. He served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Great Lakes mission, where he taught and served people in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. He served for four years in the United States Air Force where he was stationed in South Korea for part of his service. Blaine loved his country and was grateful for the freedoms enjoyed here. Blaine finished his education at Brigham Young University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. The greatest treasure he took from his BYU experience was finding his eternal companion, Lyn Memmott. Once Blaine tried Lyn’s brown sugar muffins, he knew he needed to get to know her better. They were married in the Salt Lake City temple on June 6, 1972. Blaine enjoyed Lyn’s cooking the rest of his life, but more importantly, enjoyed a true partnership in marriage with someone who matched his love for family and service. Blaine and Lyn just celebrated 50 years of marriage and spent last weekend celebrating this golden anniversary with their family. They went to Hawaii earlier this year with their children and their spouses to also honor this milestone. Blaine and Lyn lived three years in Blackfoot, Idaho and then moved to Payette, where they would spend the rest of their lives. Blaine joined his father at his tire shop, R.T.’s Tire and Brake. Blaine would eventually take over the tire store, working there for over 40 years. Blaine was known for running a business with honesty and integrity and enjoyed getting to know and serve his customers. Blaine and Lyn raised a large family with 10 children. He loved his kids and supported them in their academic, athletic, and musical pursuits. He taught his children how to work hard, how to treat others, how to love life, and how to love their mother. Blaine’s grandchildren knew that he loved them and that he was cheering them on. Blaine was a selfless person who worried about his family and their needs before his own. One of the highlights of his retirement was serving a full time mission for 18 months with Lyn in the Farmington, New Mexico mission, where they served in Chinle, Arizona. They loved their time working, serving, and teaching the Navajo people. Blaine and Lyn continued as service missionaries for the BYU-Pathway Worldwide program, a program designed to bring affordable education to people around the world. Blaine and Lyn also loved serving as temple workers in the Boise, Idaho and Meridian, Idaho temples. Also in his “retirement,” Blaine spent hours working in his garden and yard and worked part-time as a delivery driver for The Prescription Pad. He served in various Church callings throughout his life. He is preceded in death by his parents, R.T. and Nelda Soelberg and his brother LeGrand. He is survived by his wife Lyn, his children Marcy (Trevor) Ellsworth, Scott Soelberg, Brett (Amanda) Soelberg, Todd (Nicole) Soelberg, Shana (David) Bence, Kara (Wesley) Newman, Craig (Rachel) Soelberg, Kristi (Chet) Walker, Marc (Beth Ann) Soelberg, and Devin (Karli) Soelberg, his brothers Glade and DeeRay, 41 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on June 20th at 10:00 a.m. at the Payette chapel of The Church of Jesus of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 501 South Iowa Avenue. A viewing will be held at the Church from 9:00-9:45 a.m. Vault interment with Military Honors will follow at the Rosedale Memorial Gardens in Payette. In lieu of flowers, please find opportunities to serve and befriend others, as Blaine would do.

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