Pamela Zundel Blackham passed away peacefully October 16, 2019 doing one of her favorite things; taking an afternoon nap in her home. She was 73 years old.

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Like many things Pammy did this was spontaneous and unexpected.

A notorious lollygagger her kids and grandkids wished she would have lollygagged much longer on this one.

Born in Ogden, Utah on May 3, 1946 to Eldon and Maude Zundel, Pammy was the oldest of five sisters. Our lovely Pam was known by many, many names; Mom, Grandma, Aunt Pammy, Pam, Pammy, Maga, Gaga, Hammy, Pammy-Whammy Ding Dong, and Peep. Regardless of how you called her, "friend" was the common feeling.

She spent her formative years in Glendale, California where she attended Eagle Rock High School. After high school she ventured off to college at BYU where she met the love of her life, Gordon Blackham (aka, Big Gord), and the two were married in the Los Angeles LDS Temple on January 28, 1967.

Always game for an adventure, her and Big Gord spent their early married years living in different parts of the country, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, California, and Michigan before settling down in Salt Lake City in 1977 where they raised their five children.

Regardless of where she went, whether it was a next door neighbor in Ohio, a stranger in material store in Holladay, or a foreigner in a crepe shop in Paris, Pammy made friends. It's just was what she did.

Pammy was an active member in the LDS Church where she poured Our dad died at age 74. He looked 64. But we all fully expected him to live until he was 94. her heart into every calling whether it was the primary, nursery, young womens, or Relief Society. The extra mile was her norm.

She practiced her love of Christ by showering that love on all of us, and that love didn't stop with her family. "Your mom was so kind," is a phrase that her kids have heard over and over again.

Pammy is preceded in death by her husband Gordon Blackham, her parents Maude and Eldon Zundel, and her sister Paula Harrison. (the quote above comes from Pam's remarks at her father's funeral, some 29 years ago)

She is survived by her children Grayson (Jennifer), Kolby (Jami), Clayton (Courtney), Olivia and Ana (Adrian), and twelve grandkids who loved her nearly as much as she loved them.



Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wasatch Lawn Memorial
3401 Highland Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84106-3316

Funeral Service

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Pheasant Point Ward
3113 West 13400 South
Riverton, UT 84065

Services Handled By

Wasatch Lawn Memorial
3401 Highland Dr
Salt Lake City, UT

Life Story Info


Grayson Blackham

Post Date

Oct 20, 2019

Personal Info


Ogden, Utah, United States


Riverton, Utah, United States

Cause of Death

Natural Causes





Religion and Beliefs

Latter-day Saint


Executive Assistant

Worked For

  • Utah State Government


  • Associate's
    Brigham Young University
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I will always have loving and fond memories of Pam.

Alan Landros , Santa Clarita, CA, US Oct 20, 2019

Rest In Peace dear Pam

Edith Inter Burr , San Diego, CA, US Oct 20, 2019


  • 1960
  • Jan 28, 1967

    Married Gordon Blackham in Los Angeles, California

  • Nov 19, 1969

    Birth of son, Grayson Wayne

  • 1970
  • Mar 13, 1972

    Birth of son, Kolby Eldon

  • Jan 15, 1978

    Birth of son, Clayton Simmons

  • 1980
  • Oct 27, 1982

    Birth of daughter in Guatemala, Olivia Pamela

  • Nov 28, 1982

    Birth of daughter in El Salvador, Ana Raquel

  • 1990
  • Apr 23, 1992

    Passing of husband, Gordon Neil

  • Jul 22, 1992

    Marriage of son, Grayson Wayne to Jennifer Westra

  • Jun 16, 1995

    Marriage of son, Kolby Eldon to Jamie Eldredge

  • 2000
  • Aug 3, 2000

    Marriage of son, Clayton Simmons to Courtney Cullimore

  • Sep 10, 2004

    Marriage of daughter, Ana Raquel to Adrian Allen

  • 2010
  • Oct 16, 2019

    Day of passing