|Birth: ||Oct. 1, 1918|
|Death: ||Dec. 31, 2011|
Jack T. Blalock was born on October 1, 1918 at Galveston, Texas to J. T. and Mary Click Blalock. He lived in the Galveston area until his family decided to move to Utopia, Texas when he was a teenager.
He graduated from Utopia High School. In high school he excelled in track (primarily the shorter races). During his lifetime he worked at many jobs and had many different interests. He put his full attention and abilities into whatever he did.
He lived in Utopia until he moved to Bozeman, Montana in 1955. He then moved to Auburn, WA in 2004 to be near his sister, Nancy Blaisdell.
Since he became an adult during the Great Depression he took whatever job was available. He became very frugal and saved everything (because you never know when you might need it!). When he first moved to Montana he was working for a building contractor. He worked with the brick layers. He could drive you around town and show you a number of buildings that he had worked on. His last job there was as a "tech aid" to the engineers in the Chemical and Electrical Engineering departments at Montana State University. His description of this job was "you break 'em I fix 'em".
One of his interests in life was his horses. He raced them in a few races.
He loved playing baseball. He played baseball for several years on the Utopia team in the Hiway 90 semi pro league. He went to spring training for a minor league team two times. There he met several big league players working their way back up and several minor league players on their way to the big leagues.
Another interest throughout his life was taking pictures. He loved to take pictures of nature-birds, butterflies and flowers. He continued to take pictures of flowers until a few months before his death.
His life was really fulfilled "digging" and faceting gem stones. He traveled a lot in pursuing this interest-many trips to Tucson for gem shows. He was frugal but he was also very loving and generous with his time and talents. He loved this because most of his life was spent fixing broken things but this was making beautiful new things.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Dyk Blalock on May 22, 1966, his wife Fylena Dyk Blalock on July 2, 1979, his sister, Mary Sue Cunningham on September 13, 2010. He is survived by his sisters, Norma Duke and Nancy Blaisdell, brother, Bill Blalock and numerous nieces and nephews.
He died on December 31, 2011 at the assisted living facility in Federal Way, WA
Arrangements under the direction of Price-Helton Funeral Home, Auburn, WA.
Father and Mother:
Jack Taylor Blalock Sr --- 1886-1979
Mary Eleanor Click --- 1895-1981
Enlistment Date: 16 Sep 1942
Enlistment State: Texas
Enlistment City: Fort Sam Houston
Many of us from the Littleton Gem and Mineral Club in Colorado met Jack over the 4th of July weekend for our annual sapphire digging in Montana for about 30 years. We would be together about 2 weeks and then we would meet-up again at the Tucson show in February. We always accused Jack of having a keen smell because "He smelled out the stones." Jack would always find the best place to dig and would find many gemstones even though we would all be close together digging. He was such a 'fine' friend and he made our evening 'HAPPY HOURS' special with his humor. His faceted 'POP BOTTLE' aquamarine stone will always be remembered. Digging in Sapphire Village with him was such a pleasure for my husband and I.
He has left us with such fond memories and he is missed so much.
PVT US ARMY AIR FORCES WWII
Tahoma National Cemetery
Plot: Sec. 28B site 536
Maintained by: Max
Originally Created by: Donald Miller
Record added: Jan 30, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 84252382
Jack, we all miss you so much!|
Added: Sep. 17, 2014
Thank you for your service, cuz.|
Added: Dec. 5, 2013