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Royal Blanchard II

Royal Blanchard

Royal “Doc” Blanchard passed away Oct. 1, 2012, in Grass Valley, Calif. He was 59.

Roy was born Dec. 29, 1959, in Berkley, Calif., to Royal E. Blanchard and Helen Hamala Blanchard. He married Gloria Woolworth Dec. 2, 1972, in Carson City, Nev. He was a man with a heart of gold who was always willing to help those in need, whether it was to repair a car, fix a pump or shovel snow. The list was endless. He will be missed and always remembered by the many people whose lives he touched. Roy had a love of tools from the time he was a young child and a natural ability to use them. He liked the challenge of fixing anything that was broken and enjoyed sharing his knowledge and abilities with young people. He was a self-taught auto and truck mechanic, truck driver and owner/operator of Blanchard Water Trucking. He setup and maintained the first recycling centers in El Cerrito and Berkeley. He was a life-long fan of the two-time World Champion San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Raiders. He liked to fish and tinker in his free time.

Roy is survived by his pride and joy, his loving daughter, Tina Otten; her husband, Andrew; and his grandchildren, Christopher, Anthony and Natalia of El Sobrante, Calif.; sisters Jean (Jess) Day of Cedar Ridge, Jan (Jim) Bray of Penn Valley, Calif., and many loving nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Royal E. Blanchard and Helen Hamala Blanchard.

Family requests memorial donations be sent to the Hospice of the Foothills or a charity of choice.

Cremation arrangements were handled by the Chapel of The Angels Mortuary.


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