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Roland Blaser of Moody Creek Produce dies at 87

Roland Paul Blaser, president of Moody Creek Produce, a potato grower in Sugar City, ID, died Nov. 6 at his home in Plano, ID. He was 87.

Mr. Blaser was born Aug. 19, 1930, to Ernest and Margaret Grosnick Blaser. A lifelong resident of Plano, he attended school in Plano, graduating in 1948 as the last senior class from Edmunds High School.

After serving a 36-month LDS mission to Switzerland and Austria from 1950 to 1953, Mr. Blaser married his high school sweetheart, Carol Parkinson, in 1953 in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. Shortly after, he was drafted into the Army during the Korean War and served in military intelligence in Germany.

Following his military service, Mr. Blaser graduated from Brigham Young University in 1960 with a bachelor’s degree in math, physics, chemistry and secondary education. He soon started teaching math at Madison Senior High School until 1973, when he became a full-time farmer. He continued to teach overflow courses at Ricks College from 1986 to 2000.

He enjoyed a successful farming career, starting out with just 40 acres farming with his brother Fred for a few years. He then branched off on his own and farmed with his sons until his death.

Mr. Blaser had a deep love for scouting. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and served in various capacities for over 60 years. He was awarded a Silver Beaver in 1996 for his efforts.

Mr. Blaser is survived by his children Peggy (Rob) Hymas of Plano; Tamara (David) Horsley of Evanston, WY; Eric (Liz) Blaser of Plano; David (Cindy) Blaser of Plano; Carolyn (Daniel) Medina, of Mountain Home, ID; and Jon (Candace) Blaser of Mechanicsville, VA. He is also survived by a brother, Fred (Linda) Blaser of Plano, as well as 39 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren.