GREEN RIVER - Kenneth Blaine Silliman, age 69, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on June 6, 2012. It was a long fought battle from pulmonary diseases starting in 2000, but he was a courageous fighter.
Blaine "Pete" was born June 27, 1942 in Price to Kenneth Neil and Mae Swanson Silliman. He was raised in Green River and graduated from Green River High School in 1960 where he was the Student Body President. He graduated from Salt Lake Trade Technical Institute in 1962 and was attending Utah State University in Logan when he was drafted.
Blaine served in the United States Army during Vietnam. He entered the service March 18, 1964 and served in Germany until March 7, 1966. He was on inactive reserve duty until June of 1967 when he was called to duty once again. Blaine was honorably discharged on Feb. 28, 1970.
Married Sandra Kae Hubbard on Sept. 6, 1966 in Grand Junction, Colo., and they made their home in Green River where he owned and operated S & S Garage which he and Sandi started together in 1970. He inherited his father's farm next to the garage and was dedicated to growing hay, corn and melons along with many weeds he tried to keep under control.
Blaine served as a Green River councilman various years from 1976 until 1995 and served as Mayor from 1979 through 1985. He received the Emery County Silver Bowl Award in 2006 for outstanding volunteer service to Emery County.
Blaine was a member of the Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of Orient Lodge #15, F & A.M. of Green River where he served as Worshipful Master in 2005. He received the Hiram Award for service to his Lodge in October 2001. He was also a member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Utah; Bethany Chapter # 9, and the OES of Green River, Utah. Blaine is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Sandra; son Michael and wife, Phillis; daughter Lisa Silliman and husband, Michael Davis; eight grandchildren, Rebekah Silliman, Andrea Silliman, Ashlee Keener, Tanner Silliman, Cody Davis, Colton Davis, Kenny Pete Silliman, and Randi Hatfield; 3 great- grandchildren, Hanna Silliman, Audrey Matzke, and Skyler Davis; and sisters, Sharon (Neil) Montague and Jann (Gordon) Moreshead and brother, Dick (Sharon) Foster; and many extended family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Mae Silliman.
Funeral service, Saturday, June 9, 2012, 11 a.m., Green River LDS Ward. Family will receive friends at the church Saturday from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Interment, Elgin Cemetery, Green River. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price where friends are welcome daily and may share memories of Blaine at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Beta Zeta Headstone Project for the Elgin Cemetery
"You will be missed our good and faithful friend. Go with God."