Obituary for \r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Alan Jules Blom\n\n\r\n\t\t\t\tAlan Jules Blom, age 70, passed away on November 24, 2018 in Provo. Alan has a wife, 4 daughters and 10 living grandchildren that he leaves behind. He has built a phenomenal legacy for his posterity.\n\nAlan Blom was born on 8, December 1947 in Johannesburg South Africa to Philip Blom and Anita Bloch. Since 1630 the Blom family has lived and worked in Amsterdam, Holland and Johannesburg, South Africa. They have been considered to be experts and leaders in diamonds, and collectibles. It was only the threat of World War II that made Alan’s father Philip Blom, leave his native homeland of Holland and immigrate to South Africa, where he continued the success of the his family’s diamond business.\n\nAll of that expertise, and knowledge has been handed down to his grandson, Alan J. Blom. Representing the seventh generation of Blom’s in the diamond industry. He was managing and directing his own company after graduating as a diamond cutter at the age of 17. After five years of training and 2 years as a broker learning about the diamond market, he moved to the USA in 1977 and became a citizen in 1979. He operated his own diamond factory in Los Angeles, buying rough diamonds worldwide and cutting and polishing them. One of his unique skills was in evaluating and the cutting of rough diamonds. He had considerable expertise in the selling of polished diamonds. He was a member of the Diamond Club of SA and also a member of the International Diamond community in LA. Alan Blom’s 50+ years of experience encompassed all facets of an industry that was unpredictable, growing and migrating into new areas of development. \n\nAlan followed in the footsteps of his father collecting “treasures” from all corners of the earth, which included a unique collection of 400+ exquisitely hand crafted tie pins which he inherited from his father Phil Blom. Beautiful old books lined the shelves of his library, which he often lovingly paged through.\n\nAlan had extensive skills in evaluating and appraising collectables, and many other valuables that families collected over the years. The Court of South Africa, as an Official Appraiser of Collectibles, had appointed Alan J. Blom. His personal, quality-orientated approach ensured that all his work was handled professionally, ethically, while giving his clients personal attention. \n\nAlan took over the oldest established diamond business and has built upon his family’s success. He has made incredible achievements in the diamond industry in creating the cultured diamond and the impregnated diamond. In doing so he has made the most luxurious gem in the world affordable to everyone. \n\nAlan was born a Jew and followed that faith throughout his younger years and well into early adulthood. Alan lived through 3 armed robberies and an attempted hijacking that left his car riddled with bullet holes, causing his to reflect on why his life had been spared and to focus more on his spiritual side of life. In 2006 Alan made a business trip to LA, he wanted to visit with a friend Jim Lindahl. Jim had since moved to Utah and asked if Alan could meet there. This was the start of a new journey. On 3 March 2007, he married Babara Klaassen and Joe J Christensen sealed them in the Provo Temple on the 6 May 2008. Alan was baptized on the 5 March 2007, into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, completing a journey that began 27 years ago in Los Angeles, California. Alan was ordained to the priesthood on 11 March 2007. On the 29 June 2009, Alan was ordained to the office of High priest by Jeffrey Todd Crook.\n\nAlan married Karen Thurlow Hattingh on the 12 February 2012, and lived in Utah County. They enjoyed many wonderful holidays in between Alan’s struggle with his illness. Karen, Alan and his 4 cats moved to American Fork and made lots of friends in the 2 years they lived there. They then moved to their home in Orem where they lived for the last 3 years. Alan worked on writing his books during this time and completed 17 books, encompassing the Old Testament. His most well known being Isaiah. Alan also had another favorite pastime in that he loved to feed the birds, snow, rain or blistering sunshine, the birds needed to be fed! He loved photography and always had a camera in his hand when he was out and about. He built up an amazing library of photographs that he enjoyed sharing on Facebook and with people he loved and cared about. Alan had many friends, business acquaintances, and strangers who were attracted to him. He shared his knowledge freely and helped those he could.\n\nAlan was meticulous in his daily studying of the scriptures and researching good books. The Gospel has meant a lot to him. He has loved the Savior despite some difficulties in his life. He has tried to live a life that patterned that of the Savior. Human as he was, there were times that he felt that he had fallen short but with encouragement and childlike understanding he would get back up with the knowledge that the Savior loved him. Just for him. \n\nAlan has certainly tried to refine and understand these scriptures more than anyone I know. He feasted on his words daily. As he walks the path through death, the gateway to life, may the Lord enfold him in his love and carry him when the journey becomes too hard to bear. May the Lord be patient as he learns and to always be at his side. \n\nThe beautiful journey that Alan has taken from the time he was born to the time he passed away has been colorful, slow, turbulent and rocky at times. He has weathered the storm and has finally come to the resting place he so desperately needed to bring peace into his life. The pain and suffering over the last 13 years have been difficult and tiresome to say the least at times. He has finally found peace and is communing with the scribes of the scriptures. \n\nFuneral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at Nelson Family Mortuary, 4780 N. University Avenue, Provo. Interment will be in the Orem Cemetery.