Oscar Was Born in Santo Tomás, Chihuahua Mexico to Alfonso and Antonia Blanco and was always proud of his Mexican heritage. Oscar grew up Catholic and attended Academia Juárez High School with his siblings, which was established by Mormon Pioneers. He played the trombone in the school band with great gusto and later influenced his grandchildren to play the trombone and other musical instruments. Having a strong work ethic and commitment to his studies he earned stellar grades and never missed a day in all of his school years. Education being important to him, he and his brother Mario applied and was accepted to BYU. He attended 3 years Majoring in civil engineering and also emphasized electrical and mechanical engineering. While at BYU he chose to be baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and then met and married Charmaine Thomas in the Salt Lake Temple, they had four Children: Curtis (Sharon), Lisa (Doug), Robert and Dana (Paul). He has 13 grandchildren whom he loved and enjoyed spending time with.
Oscar had many talents; he would often give good and helpful advice without knowing the situation the person was in and he would show up at someone’s door unexpectedly with something they really needed. He had a talent for gardening and could grow anything! His garden was massive and always very successful. He loved to exercise and would go on long daily runs and on occasion would attend aerobics classes with his kids. He loved to build things and was very talented. He made beautiful tables, chairs, chandeliers, and anything made out of wrought iron or wood. He was very social and enjoyed gatherings and parties and it didn’t matter where he went there was always someone excited to see him and everyone would stop and have long conversations. He served in the bishopric and taught his children to stay close to the teachings of the gospel and by example to love everyone. He had a discernment that has served to guide and protect his children throughout their lives.
Oscar had great respect for leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as a strong loyalty and commitment to this country and its armed forces. After coming to the United States, he accomplished becoming a US citizen. Oscar worked for a time at Utah Sand and Gravel and then joined the Utah Air National Guard and the Air Force. His superiors at Hill Air Force Base recognized his talents and had him train US fighter pilots on simulators and many other ally countries as well including Saudi Arabia and Israel. He was also assigned to the Francis Peak Radar Station operating and maintaining when needed the radar for US airplanes and allied countries for training.
He had a lot of charity for anybody in need. After retirement he worked at the Bountiful Food Pantry and for LDS Employment for years where he was known to help countless people in various ways including finding a job especially immigrants who needed extra support. Oscar loved connecting with others and enjoyed conversation. He was very interesting to listen to and you couldn’t help but learn from him, He is loved and will be missed.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 29, 2023, at the Bountiful City Cemetery, 2224 South 200 West, Bountiful, Utah.