Ivan Hamblin

Ivan Marcene Hamblin died peacefully at home on August 9, 2018 in Kanab Utah at the age of 96. Ivan is survived by his many sons and daughter, his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife Betty Hamblin.

Ivan was born on August 11, 1921 in Cumberland Wyoming to Henry Marcene and Duella Eyre Hamblin. He graduated from Murray High School in 1939. In 1942 he enlisted in the Navy and obtained a rating of Carpenter’s Mate 3rd Class.  He was called back to the Navy as a reservist during the Korean War. He was proud to have served his country and did so without reservation.

After moving to Southern California in 1953 he went to work for Gus K. Newberg Construction Company as a carpenter, then foreman and retired as a superintendent in 1980. Upon retirement, Ivan and Betty moved to Kanab Utah where they resided until their passing.

Ivan’s children remember him as a kind but stern father who encouraged them to put 100% effort into whatever path they chose. Ivan was always ready to help his kids and assisted in numerous ways to help them in times of need.

Ivan was an accomplished carpenter and often helped others with his skills.  He was a driven individual who, over the years, pursued drag racing, off-road motorcycles and dune buggies. Ivan also cut and sewed more than 200 quilt tops and Betty would do the quilting. Sometimes they would sell a quilt or two and use that money for their yearly vacation trips.

Ivan was an active and dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many positions to the best of his ability.

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 17, 2018 at 10:00 am at the Ranchos Stake Center, with viewing is at 9:00AM. Burial with military honors by American Legion Post 69 will follow at the Kanab Cemetery.  Arrangements were made with Mosdell Mortuary.

The family expresses thanks to the many Kanab residents for helping Ivan and his family over the past few months. A special thanks to Zion’s Way for their compassionate Hospice Service. They helped make Ivan comfortable and treated him with dignity at home during his last days.


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