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Robert Clinton Blanche
March 30, 1962 - January 3, 2020

Robert Clinton Blanche

Robert Clinton Blanche
Mar 30, 1962 - Jan 3, 2020

Robert Clinton Blanche
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Robert Clinton Blanche, 57, of West Linn, Oregon, moved into his next phase of existence surrounded by his closest loved ones on January 3, 2020 at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.

The youngest of five children, Robert was born to Mary Edith Blanche (Heavner) and Richard Keith Blanche on March 30, 1962 in Pomona, California, but spent most of his life in Oregon.

A lifelong artist and dedicated union activist, he is cherished by many he impacted with his fervent will to improve the lives of others. His energy, humor, brilliance, and magnetic, ever-positive personality will never be forgotten by those with whom he crossed paths.

Working in both Portland and Los Angeles, Robert was a prolific actor with nearly 100 credits, and will be remembered most from his recurring roles in the shows Grimm and Leverage. He brought his heart to every role he portrayed and was universally beloved by his cast and crewmates on so many sets. When he was not acting, he also spent time sharing his art and philosophy with other actors through his classes and coaching sessions.

Robert also dedicated many years of service to his acting union fighting to improve the lives of all his peers. He joined SAG (Screen Actors Guild) in 1995 and served as Portland SAG Branch President for many years pre-merger and Portland SAG-AFTRA Local President from 2017-2019. In addition to his work locally, he served as Vice Chair of the National SAGindie Committee from 2007 to 2008, and since 1996, he served as member or alternate of the TV/Theatrical, Low Budget and Agency committees.

Prior to and during his acting career, he also fronted the Portland-based band "Boys Next Door" as singer and guitarist, performing original songs and covers for hundreds of shows and events in the Portland area. Engaging his audiences and making people smile during his high-energy shows was just as important to him as expressing his creativity through music.

Most of all, Robert's heart was dedicated to his family. He is survived by his wife Christine Blanche and his five daughters whose ages span nearly three decades: Hayley (Ike) McGinnis, Emily (Ronnie) Manley, Carly (Tyler) Snow, Audrey Blanche and Miette Blanche. He was also blessed and elated to become a grandfather to Scarlett Snow, Walter McGinnis and Ro Manley. Robert is also survived by siblings Richard Blanche, Susan (Rex) Blanche-Kappler, and Rose (Geoff) Parks as well as numerous nieces, nephews and beloved extended family. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Lorraine May and cousin Beverly Hillman.

Robert fought valiantly against the rare, progressive fibrotic lung disease Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis prior to undergoing a double lung transplant in the summer of 2018. Though the transplant was a final attempt to fight his terminal illness, the aftermath of his surgery was fraught with many serious complications. With superhuman grit and tenacity, he rallied through many close calls until it was time for him to move past his physical body. Through his medical journey, he and his family were blessed to forge many new connections and inspire others in the lung transplant community.

In honor of Robert, please register to be an organ donor at https://www.donatelife.net/register/.

 
 

Dan and Jackie Smith on Feb 25, 2020

My wife and I have many fond memories dancing to the Boys Next Door at the Dublin Pub. We will remember Robert's energy and humor. Will raise a glass of beer this weekend for a "Primal Scream"!

Russ Sovde on Jan 14, 2020

So sad to hear this. Many many great memories with Robert back in the 90s. Nights at the Dublin Pub and Sundays playing basketball and plenty of other stuff mixed in. He had a smile and charisma smile that lit up a room. RIP my friend. Russ Sovde

Elaine Kevorkian on Jan 14, 2020

CandleI met Robert back in the early 1980's, as we did air banding together. Those days were great fun, and Robert always loved to perform as "Elvis" :). My heart is broken at the loss of a good man, the loss for his good wife and beautiful girls. May God keep him in his loving arms :)

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