Harold David Blanc

Blanc H web PhotoMar. 1943 – Dec. 2014

Harold David Blanc, 71, of Turlock passed away on December 26, 2014 after a short illness.

Harold was born March 10, 1943 in Turlock, California and was a lifelong resident. In his early years Harold was a contractor who built and remodeled custom homes. Later he owned a small business where he constructed custom horse barns and equestrian products. Throughout his years as a builder, he also farmed almonds and peaches on his family’s farm. He retired in 2003 but had a continual honey-do list that he loved to work on for the family.

Harold loved his home and most importantly, having his family in and around it. Most days you would find him alongside his wife Kathy, outdoors enjoying a beautiful sunset, working in the yard or garden, or visiting with family on the porch. He spent many joyful hours woodworking in his shop after retiring. He had a love for the hills and mountains where he continued to regularly travel to relax, fish, and meet with friends.

Harold built more than physical things. He was a steady and strong architect of character. He quietly and respectfully passed along values and, as a role model taught everyone around him how to refine and better who they are and what they do. He is described as a kind man, a good man, a great man, the best man, an admirable man. He was humble and simple, not asking for much but giving everything he had. He was foundational, in that everything he did he had the everlasting in mind.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Blanc; sons Todd, Ryan, and Marc Blanc; daughter Cheryse Nelson; brother Joe Blanc Jr.; stepchildren Renee Smyth, Angela Hansen, and Chris Hix; 11 grandchildren and two great grandchildren (with two more on the way). He is preceded in death by his mother Helen, father Joe Blanc Sr., and infant brother Richard.

Visitation will be held at Allen Mortuary on Thursday, January 1, 2015 from 3-5pm. A graveside burial service will be held on Friday, January 2, 2015, at 10am at Lakewood Memorial Cemetery.

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