Bradley Ray Blackham

4/25/1982 ~ 2/27/2018

BlackhamBradley2CropBradley Ray Blackham son of David and Dianne Blackham passed away Feb. 27, 2018 at the age of 35. Brad was the beloved brother of Brett & Brittney Blackham, Emilee & John Kuchenmeister, Brigham & Belinda Blackham, Bryce & Riley Blackham and Brenden Blackham. Bradley was a loving son, brother, father and friend.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As a child he was very active and loved skateboarding, biking, camping, swimming, and snowboarding. He especially enjoyed Scouting and received his Eagle Scout Award at age 13. He also loved Indian lore and was part of Scouting’s Order of the Arrow. Brad loved working on projects involving leather, wood, rocks, artwork and crafts. He collected insects, jewelry, graphic t-shirts, baseball cards, stickers, pogs, antique books and coins. He had an appreciation for the variety of life and matter on earth. He loved animals. His various pets included snakes, lizards, turtles, ducks, bunnies, lambs, kittens, puppies, a guinea pig, a white rat and even a tarantula.
He enjoyed playing sports and games with his family; including Risk, Rook, Cash Flow, Wiffle Ball and Home Run Derby. Bradley graduated from High School in Spanish Fork. He also attended Wasatch Academy for a year, but acquired most of his education from the North Sanpete School System. He was athletic and loved track, cross country, basketball, baseball and Tennis. Brad and his brother Brett actually won region in tennis as a doubles team.
He was a very accomplished musician. He was adept at performing as a guitar player, bass player and singer. Brad performed in high school and college and formed several private performing groups, and instructed students in private guitar lessons. Brad was a great lyricist and musical writer. He was the bassist for the group, “Deep Fried and Sugar Coated”; which produced a record titled, “Over the Counter”. Brad wrote or co-wrote 6 of the songs in that album. Brad also wrote other songs through the years, including two for his daughter titled, “Pretty Little Girl” & “Abby Baby”. He was well-trained & talented to the point where all the other musicians had to do was tell him the style & key signature then he could give them what they wanted on Bass or Guitar. He received an Associate’s Degree from Snow College, and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Utah State University. He excelled in writing and financial calculations. He was a wonderful author and often top of his class for research compositions. He was the Finance Club President and was known for taking meticulous notes of lectures that everyone wanted, including his professors.
He married Heather Lee Tayler who was his wife for 5 years before their divorce. Later Brad met Brittany Engstrom & they became the parents of Abby Rose Engstrom. He also loved Abby’s sister Emma Grace Engstrom as his own.
Brad suffered from Schizophrenia. In his youth Bradley endured considerable mis-treatment by those who did not understand him or his illness. He dealt with his challenges by turning to unique hobbies and eventually music study & performance. As an adult, he dealt with his disability by writing in his journal every day and authoring several books. His most recent work is a poetry book titled, “The Spirit Guide”. His ability to produce something of value in the late stages of this disease is truly remarkable and inspiring. Nearly every poem in the work references peace, love, unity or forgiveness. One of the most memorable and endearing qualities Brad embodied was his ability to forgive others and feel empathy toward them; even when that was the last thing they deserved. The divine law of love was the most common phrase heard from his lips. He believed it, he lived it, and boy did he preach it. We would all do well to be a little more like Bradley Ray Blackham. “The law that none are above, Is the divine law of love” Verse 10, The Spirit Guide
At 11:11am everyday, Brad wished unconditiona1 1ove to whomever he was with. The 1’s rep1acing the L’s were his code standing for “1ove and 1ight for a11”.
We express our sincere thanks to Central Utah Counseling Center, NAMI (the National Alliance for Mentally Ill), Dr. Michael Smith, Counselor Lance Martin, Dr. Gary Cole, Mt. Pleasant Police Department & EMT’s and a special thanks to our family, friends and Mt. Pleasant 1st Ward.
Funeral Services will be held Monday March 5, 2018 at 11:11 a.m. in the Mt. Pleasant North Stake Center. Viewings will be held Sunday March 4, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. prior to services both at the Stake Center. Interment in the Moroni City Cemetery.

23 Responses to “Bradley Ray Blackham”

  1. Craig Pinegar says:

    A beautiful tribute to a beautiful life. Love to you all.

  2. Michelle Andrus says:

    Aunt Dianne you and your family will be in my prayers. I know Bradley is in a wonderful magical place where grandma was waiting for him with open arms. Love you and hope you heal with loving tenderness in your ❤️. Love y’all

  3. Rhonda Merriman says:

    Words cannot tell of the sorrow that I feel for you and your family and for the love that I have for each and everyone of you. I know that Brad is in the loving arms of our heavenly father and will suffer the ridicule or the meanness of the outside world no more. Unless one has been there with the disability that he suffered no one knows what they go through in life. I am so sorry for He was an awesome person and showed such wonderful attributes and love for others. He will be missed in so many ways. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sorrowful time. May God hold you up and may you know that he is in his loving arms.

  4. Lynnette Webb says:

    What a wonderful tribute to your son. I know this is such a hard time for you and your family. I am so grateful for the knowledge we have of the plan of salvation and knowing that all things will be made right someday. I’m sure he is in a much better place and has lots of loving family to greet him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love you.

  5. Connie Ames says:

    My heart aches for your family this day. No matter the age of our loved one, it is hard to say “goodbye”. Even though we know that this separation if for a short time, you will think about Brad and miss him every single day until you are reunited. May Heavenly Father bless and comfort you.

  6. Carlee Christensen says:

    I went on one of my very first dates with Brad. I will forever remember him as a witty, talented, kind, and fun young man. I am so sorry for your loss.

  7. Carli Wright says:

    I have nothing but good memories of Brad from junior high and high school. He was always full of energy and making some kind of fun. So sorry for your loss. I know he is free from his illness, and hope your family can find peace in that.

  8. I am so greatful I got to have a friend that would let me cry on his shoulder. He would tell me to love everyone. He was the best man I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I am going to miss are mourning talks and reading poetry. He was a wonderful man and I will never forget him. My heart aches but it will heal.

  9. Hannah Beacham says:

    I am so sorry for your lost I didn’t know Brad but I know his brother Brett and his family. May God bless you at this time and bring peace and comfort to you. Rest In Peace Brad and I know Brad will watch over all of you and remain you He is right there with Heaven Father watching and protecting you

  10. Jim and Donnalee Thornton says:

    To you dear friends we express our love to all the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you at this time and comfort you through your loss. The pain will seem unbearable but He will never leave you comfortless. He is there for you. We love you. You have a whole community who love you all and we know everyone wants to express deep sorrow. PLEASE feel our love reaching out to you.

  11. We are so sorry to hear of you loss. May you find peace in knowing others are. Our love and prayers go out to you and your family.

  12. Richard Lamb says:

    I’m saddened by your loss. Please feel of my love for your family. They say the loss of a child is hard to get over; but I know your faith in the gospel, the Atonement, and the resurrection will sustain you through this trial. God bless you.

  13. Kathi and Bull Keisel says:

    We’re so sad to hear about Brad. We send our love and prayers to your family! May god bless you all at this very sad time!

  14. Bev Schugk says:

    Dear friends,
    I am so sad to hear of the loss of your beloved son and brother. My heart goes out to you all along with prayers for comfort. Love you all so very much.

  15. Mallie Coons says:

    I wanted you to know how very sorry I am that your son, brother, and friend has passed away. I cannot imagine the pain and suffering you are experiencing. It is times like this that our faith is put to the test. The Savior said “Blessed are those that mourn for they shall be comforted.” I pray that this will be especially true for you as you mourn your loss. I pray that God will give you the strength to see you through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Mallie Coons

  16. Diane Gardner says:

    Chris and I are so sorry for your loss. His tribute is beautiful.

  17. Robert and Rae Ann Tibbs says:

    Dear David and Dianne, We are so sad to learn of the passing of your son Brad. What a beautiful tribute to your son. We love you and want you to know that we are mourning with you. God bless your family at this time of sorrow. May you feel the love of Heavenly Father and our Savior in the coming days and weeks.

  18. David beck says:

    I,m so sorry Dave and Dianne for your loss sorry I could not be there !!!

  19. Sara Seeley says:

    Brad is such a gentle soul and spread so much kindness in his time here. So sorry for your loss. Grateful I got to know him. Sending love and prayers for your family.

  20. Ed and Cathie shepherd says:

    We are so sorry for your loss.

  21. Marilyn Davidson says:

    David and Dianne, I am so sorry for your loss. Words can never ease the deep felt sorrow and pain of losing a child no matter what the age. Please know that you are in my prayers.

  22. Mike and Peg Segle says:

    Dear David and Diann,

    Peg and I send our condolences to you and your family at this time of your loss and was not aware of your loss until today. In the reading of Bradley’s accomplishments, he truly was a gifted spirit and a special person who made the most of adversity.

    We are fortunate to have the promises of the future when we can the assurances of family continuation.

    Know you are in our prayers

    Mike and OPeg Segle

  23. Viagracheap says:

    It’s a good feeling that NOW we can begin trusting more the decisions of both JK and the Scouting system. Karius aside, as rightly it’s still early days but he’s beginning to look the part. As for all the latest signings, they’ve heralded impressive performances and new Stars and leaders on the pitch are at last emerging. So for me the fans can finally have less knee jerk reactions to mistakes and show more trust in everyone. Keep the faith, in Klopp we trust.