In 1970 he immigrated with his family to The Republic of South Africa and lived at Saint George’s Home for Boys (Bedfordview), Epworth Children’s Home (Germiston), Ethelbert Children’s Home (Malvern) St. Luke’s Home of Healing (Kearsney), Cluny Farm (Witkoppen), Aston Lake (Springs) and Nigel High School Hostel where he matriculated in 1977.
South African Defense Force: 1979 -1981
From 1979 – 1981 he served during the South African Border War as a Rifleman in the South African Defence Force in Upington (8th South African Infantry), Kimberly (11th Commando) and Katima Mulilo (Sector 70, Civic Action.)
From 1981 – 1983 he served a proselytizing mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Manchester, England.
United States of America: 1983 – present
In 1983 he immigrated to Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America. In 1984 he married Lisa Anne Tullis in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their daughter, Esme’ van Pletzen, was born in 1985. He earned his Bachelors degree in 1985 from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and his Master’s degree in 1987 from Utah State University in Logan, Utah.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
He worked for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from 1987 – 1990 as a seminary instructor in the Church Education System at Kaysville High School.
He worked as a professor at Brigham Young University in Laie, on the island of O’ahu, Hawa’i’i from 1990 to 1995.
From 1995 – 2007 he worked as an adjunct professor at Salt Lake Community College, a paralegal and a writer.
Remarriage and return to Anglican Communion
In 2000 he married Scott Edward Rands in KwaZulu-Natal, the Republic of South Africa.
In 2004 he returned to the Anglican Communion and reaffirmed his faith in God’s one holy, catholic and apostolic church. They live in Buffalo, New York, where Blane is an Episcopal Priest and Gregorian Friar with the Brotherhood of Saint Gregory.