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Obituaries: Langston; Blatt; Arellano

Jesse C. Langston

Jesse C. Langston: 1937 – 2023

Jesse Conred Langston, passed away peacefully on March 14, 2023, in Casper, Wyoming. He was loved and adored by his family, which he cherished more than anything else in this world.

Jesse was born in Crockett, Texas to Dan and Winnie Langston on November 13, 1937. When he was thirteen, he moved to Glenrock Wyoming with his father who worked in the oil fields. He graduated high school and then went on to serve in the Navy from 1957 to 1960. After honorable discharge he returned to Glenrock, played lead guitar in a basement rock and roll band and went to work for a uranium logging company located outside Douglas where he met Judie who was a senior in high school. They married September 23, 1961. Jesse and Judie have two children, Cynthia (Cindie) Langston, and Michele (Shelley) Smith and two grandchildren Jessica and Jacob Imel. When the girls were young, they spent many days fishing and water skiing in the Bighorn mountains mainly Meadowlark, and at Alcova and Pathfinder Lakes. As the grandkids grew, they too would spend time with Papa and Nana fishing and camping and learning to love the outdoors through their eyes.

Jesse was a gifted mechanic with the mind of an engineer. In his thirties he went back to school for accreditation as a diesel mechanic, he did so well he was crowned valedictorian and everyone’s favorite classmate. He was so skilled in his craft, his instructors asked for his assistance with the lessons.
During his employment tenure he worked for Century Geophysical, Exxon Highland Uranium Mill and Sinclair Oil Refinery – Little America, where he met and made many lifelong friends. When he wasn’t working, he kept busy at home, there wasn’t a home project that he couldn’t tackle.

Nothing ever slowed him down; he was always busy. He loved the outdoors, was a gifted gardener, an avid hunter, and never saw a fish that he didn’t know how to catch. For many years he and Judie raised and showed Scottish Terriers. They were active in the local and state kennel clubs, during which time they showed their fur babies and received many medals and certificates.

When the Wyoming weather kept him inside, he kept busy making homemade wine, beer or building radio-controlled planes. He was a member of the Casper Fly club and loved attending the meets and flying planes, even when he crashed which happened frequently when he first started and less so when he mastered the craft. He had such a great sense of humor, his planes were piloted by Jessica’s barbies, which always made everyone laugh.

Jesse and Judie loved traveling, especially on cruises. They went on many, from Hawaii, to Alaska, the Panama Canal, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Australia, the rivers of Europe and even down the Mississippi river; and loved them all.

Jesse was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, Lewis and Ina Mae Hinton, his sisters Wanda and Billie and his brother Meck. He is survived by Judie, his soulmate of 61 years, his children, Cindie Langston (Dale Anderson) and Michele Smith (Gerald), grandchildren, Jessica and Jacob Imel, and his sister Corrie Jean Holland and many nieces and nephews.

Jesse was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2015 and moved to Edgewood Meadow Wind in 2020. He enjoyed working with puzzles, visiting with people, and dancing and listening to his favorite country and western songs. He enjoyed all the many activities and was active and happy every day. His favorite joke of all time was, “You know what I heard”? His response with a straight face was “sheep”.

Jesse’s family would like to extend our thanks to the staff at Meadow Wind and Hospice for the wonderful care he received and ask that donations be made to Wyoming Dementia Care or the Casper Humane Society. A Celebration of Life Service will take place this spring or summer.

Arrangements are under the direction of Newcomer Casper.

Alice Elaine Blatt

Alice Elaine Blatt: 1933 – 2023

Alice Elaine Blatt, 90, of Casper, Wyoming passed away March 18, 2023 in Casper, Wyoming.

Alice Elaine (Fraser) Blatt was born on January 13, 1933, in Casper, Wyoming, the only child of Dave and Nessie (Duncan) Fraser, both originally from Rothesay, Isle of Bute, Scotland.

She attended school in Casper, graduating form NCHS in 1951 and on June 21, 1953, she married Jerald “Wally” Wallace Blatt in Casper. Alice Elaine was employed by Wyoming National Bank as a secretary and later as an assistant librarian at East Jr. High School in Casper, as well as a bookkeeper for Western Insurance Agency. Her retirement included many years of travel with Wally, family, and her many Eastern Star friends.

Alice Elaine enjoyed and worked actively in many fraternal organizations in Wyoming. She was a Past Honored Queen and Past Guardian of Bethel No. 9 of Job’s Daughters; Past Matron of Fort Casper Chapter No. 4, Order of the Eastern Star (OES); Past Grand Matron and Grand Secretary Emeritus of the Grand Chapter, OES; Past Queen of Tamah Temple No. 73, Daughters of the Nile; Past President of Zilah Club of Casper; and a Member of Egyptians, a Shrine organization. She was also a Past Elder and Deacon of First Presbyterian Church of Casper.

A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend, she will be remembered for her kindness, hospitality and thoughtful ways of remembering each birthday, anniversary or holiday. Her home was always open to traveling friends and family or social gatherings, at which her table was set in perfect taste and a poem, prayer, or a short story delivered in her special way. At Christmas time she loved to bake and would deliver cookies and breads to the elderly and was a volunteer driver for “Meals on wheels” until she and Wally were unable to do so. Her family always came first and they cherished her warm meals, her generosity and loving guidance through the years.

Alice Elaine is survived by her daughter, Neysa M. Erickson of Casper; two sons, J. David (Kathy) Blatt and family of LaCresent, Minn and Charles M. Blatt and family of Mesa, Arizona; four grandchildren, Renate (Zak) Pullen, Philip (Samantha) Erickson, Nikolas Blatt of LaCresent, Minn, and Mike (Lisa) Shore of Chandler, Arizona; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wally; and one grandchild, Kari Dawn Hall.

Alice Elaine’s family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff at Meadow Wind Assisted Living Community in Casper, for their cheerful and loving assistance through the past 10 years.

In lieu of flower, memorials in memory of Alice Elaine may be made to a charity of the donors choice.

Visitation will be held 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at Newcomer Casper Chapel.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, March 24, 2023 at the funeral home with interment to follow at Highland Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Newcomer Casper. 

Cecilia M. Arellano

Cecilia M. Arellano: September 17, 1935 – March 15, 2023

Cecilia Maria Arellano passed away Wednesday March 15th, surrounded by loved ones. She was born on September 17th, 1935 in Amalia, New Mexico to Emitelio and Ramoncita (Vallejos) Salazar. She was the youngest of nine children. She graduated in 1954 from Costilla High School in Costilla, NM. She decided to attend college in Casper, WY where she met her future husband John Arellano.

She married the love of her life, John Ben Arellano on October 26, 1956. They made their home in Casper, WY and had five wonderful children: Jennie, Gilbert, Emitelio (Butch), Joanne and John Jr. She worked at Control Data, and then Buttery’s, before retiring and then going back to work part time at Walmart.

Cecilia loved spending time with her 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. She loved to quilt, crochet, visit with her family in Colorado, New Mexico, Georgia, and Washington, travel and garden.

She is preceded in death by her husband, John, siblings: Jesusita, Emilia, Cipriano, Clara, Erminia, and Antonita, son-in-law, Tim Sheely, grandchildren: Jesse Arellano and Adam Arellano, and her parents: Emitelio and Ramoncita Salazar.

She is survived by her children and their families: Jennie (Doug) Heidrich, Gilbert (Janice) Arellano, Butch (Cindy) Arellano, Joanne Sheely, John Jr., siblings: Elias Salazar and Ida Cisneros, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A rosary will be held at Bustard’s Funeral Home at 1 PM on Sunday the 19th. The funeral will be held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church at 2 PM on Monday the 20th.