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 Gordon Eugene Blake, Sr

Gordon Eugene Blake, Sr

Miami, Gila County, Arizona, USA
Death 16 Mar 2012 (aged 88)
Thatcher, Graham County, Arizona, USA
Burial Safford, Graham County, Arizona, USA
Plot Block 50, Lot 8, Space 6.
Memorial ID 86867381 · View Source
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Funeral services for Gordon Eugene Blake Sr., 88, of Thatcher will be conducted Thursday, March 22 at 10 a.m. at the Thatcher LDS Stake Center by Bishop Mike Nelson of the Thatcher Fifth Ward. Concluding services will follow in the Safford Cemetery. Gordon passed away peacefully in his home March 16, 2012.

Gordon was born Nov. 10, 1923, to George Blake and Ethel Leota Quinn in Miami, Az. where he lived for about eight years until moving to Safford. Gordon attended Safford schools, graduating from Safford High School. In 1941, he started working at the Safford Post Office until he was drafted into the Army in 1943. While stationed in Wilmington, Calif., Gordon met his lifelong sweetheart, Dolores Catherine Rubis. They were married June 2, 1944, in Safford. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1946, returning to Safford, where they lived until 2004. They then moved to Thatcher to be near family who helped them in their ailing years.

Gordon began his career in 1946 at the Safford Post Office, where he worked for 39 years until retiring in 1981. He also moonlighted, working for the Gila Valley Laundry for about 19 years. Gordon was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served in many different callings.

Gordon was preceded in death by Dolores, his loving wife of almost 61 years; his parents; his brother, "Barney" Blake; and his granddaughter, Heidi Merriman. He is survived by his children, Gordon Jr. and Debra (Eric) Merriman; 10 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, March 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Vining Funeral Home and Thursday, March 22, from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at the Thatcher LDS Stake Center Relief Society Room.

Online condolences may be offered at

Obit: Eastern Arizona Courier, Safford, Arizona.
Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2012.

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  • Created by: Mike H
  • Added: 16 Mar 2012
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