DONALD B. BLEVINS 11/30/1932 - 10/19/2012 Don was born Nov. 30, 1932 to Thelma (Stoots) and Dean Blevins in Damascus, Virginia. He graduated from Damascus (VA) High School and from Mars Hill College in North Carolina. He married his high school sweetheart, Evelyn J. Upchurch, in 1952 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1953. Air Force assignments took him and his family to Illinois, Florida, Germany, California and North Dakota. He retired from the Air Force in 1979 as a Chief Master Sergeant while stationed at March AFB. He was a missile systems guidance and control analyst at TRW from 1980 - 1992. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Evelyn of Moreno Valley; his daughter Donna of Riverside; son Tim (Mary) of Riverside; grandchildren Mollie, Brett, Leslie and Emily; extended family and many wonderful friends. Don was a loving husband, a wonderful dad and the best of grandfathers. He was, above all else, the "Poppa". He was always generous with his help and support, especially to his kids and grandkids, who were the light of his life. He was a man of integrity and admirable loyalty. His Virginia roots stayed with him throughout his life and we all enjoyed his southern ways and dry country humor. He believed that there was the Blevins' way to do things and then there was the wrong way. He enjoyed watching his favorite sports, feeding the birds each day and running around town in his red truck - doing whatever was needed to take care of his family. He loved being on the golf course with his buddies and working around the house with Evie. His passing leaves a huge hole that only time and reflection will begin to fill. A celebration of life for family and friends is to be held in the future. No formal services are planned. Donations in his name can be made to the Heart Care Institute at Riverside Community Hospital. The family wishes to thank all our extended family, our wonderful friends and clients for their expressions of concern and compassion. You have brought us great comfort during this very sad time.
Published in Press-Enterprise from November 3 to November 4, 2012