Blaine Allen Burleson

Thursday, September 6, 2018

On Saturday morning, September 1, 2018 in his home in Glendive surrounded by the singing voices of family, Blaine Allen Burleson left this earth to be with his heavenly father. He died peacefully in his home following a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.

Blaine was born October 29, 1942 in Kensal, N.D. to Ruby (Zimmerman) and Glenn “Dutch” Burleson. In true family fashion Blaine was thrown into his first professional musical gig at the age of 12 when his mom, the heart of the family band, handed him a pair of drum sticks and plainly stated, “We need a drummer, your it.” He spent countless weekends playing gigs throughout eastern and central North Dakota as part of the Burleson Orchestra. This began a lifetime connection with music which he passed on to his family.

In 1960 Blaine graduated from Kensal High School, playing the clarinet and excelling in basketball. He was a star athlete on the basketball court, once scoring 52 points in a single game. His amazing strength and domineering post play as a high school basketball star served as the foundation for a life-long love for the sport. He started college at North Dakota State University in Fargo then completed his bachelor of science degree at Valley City State. During a summer weekend gig at Red Willow Lake Blaine met his wife of 53 years, Joanne LaPlant, where they shared the first of many dances. Joanne and Blaine were married soon after and raised four children who blessed them with 15 grandchildren.

Blaine taught junior high and high school sciences and coached football and girls’ basketball intermittently for 15 years in North Dakota and South Dakota. In 1977 the Burleson family moved to Glendive where he began work for Halliburton Oil Field Services. Eventually he started his small business career with Service Master of Glendive.

Blaine’s true source of joy and pride was his family. He shared his love of the outdoors with them camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, making fond memories that supplied the fodder for many a tale. As a loyal and devoted father and grandfather he spent countless weekends and evening hours traveling and attending various music, school and sporting events throughout the U.S.  

Blaine is with God and his heavenly family who include his mother and father, Glen and Ruby Burleson; infant sister, Arlys Burleson; his brother, Byron Burleson; sister, Gloria Olig; nephews, Kevin and Mitch Olig; son-in-law, Woody Larson; and brotherin-law, Berny Kelly, Gordon Quam, George Pomeroy and Herman Olig.

His remaining family include his wife, Joanne Burleson; sister, Karen Pomeroy of Crete, Ill. and her children David Pomeroy and Julie Bayless; nephews, Aaron and Nathan Burleson of Chicago, Ill., Chris and Kathy Olig; David and Jollette Olig; sisters-in-law, Beverly Kelly of Glendive, Sharon and Bob Fors of Larimore, N.D. and Darlene Quam of Tolna, N.D.; his sons, Michael (Kimberly) Burleson of Arlington, Texas, and Steve (Tammy) Burleson of Oregon City, Ore.; and daughters, Nicolle Larson of Sidney and LaDonna (Mike) Garneau of Sheridan, Wyo.

The light and joy of his life were his 15 grandchildren; Stone, Sunny, and Shane Burleson; Seterra and Sayer Burleson, Mecallen, Meccade, Madison, and Morgan Garneau; Sean, Eric, Jade, Conner, Bridger and Cassidy Larson.

He was blessed with a mischievous sense of humor and an infectious laugh. Although he leaves a hole in so many lives and hearts, he also leaves many wonderful memories.

Services will be held Saturday, September 8 at 1 p.m. at the First Congressional United Church of Christ in Glendive. Memories and condolences can be shared with family at www.silhafuneralhomes.com.

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