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BLEVINS, Ballard John

Ballard John Blevins, age 75, was born in Grahn, Kentucky in 1938. He died on Monday, January 20, 2014, with his beloved wife of 54 years, Peggy Blevins, by his side. To him she was always "my Peggy Jill".

John, as he was known, had a long and successful career as an electrical engineer and computer scientist. It began with his 8 years of service in the United States Navy, where after enlisting as a sailor he quickly rose to be part of an elite team of engineers tasked with solving crucial problems in radio transmission and other electrical work. Among other duties, John was once called upon to provide emergency service to an admiral's stereo system, on a Navy ship in the Gulf of Mexico during the Bay of Pigs crisis. After leaving the Navy to be able to spend more time with his family, John worked for many years designing and building circuit boards and computer systems for IBM and Motorola, including helping to design the computers used in NASA's first Space Shuttle.

John had a wide-ranging intelligence and curiosity about the world. He loved reading science fiction, building boats and other carpentry work, being out on the water, grilling and cooking out. He was the type of person who could build or fix practically anything, both because of his mechanical aptitude and his great reserves of patience and concentration. Most of all, though, he loved his family, and his greatest legacy is the close and supportive family that he leaves behind.

John is survived by his loving wife Peggy (Sewell) Blevins (pictured above), his sisters Joan Sheldon, Clara Lee Beltzner, and Jewel Flaugher, his children Ballard Johnnie Blevins Jr., Margaret Lee Blevins, Thedward James Blevins, and Malhaz Jibladze, and the chief delight of his latter years, his grandchildren Ben Lyons Blevins and Amelia Rose Duende, in addition to many close friends of the family. We who had the privilege to know John Blevins join in mourning a man who we all agree was one of the kindest and best men we ever knew. We'll miss you, John.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Jan. 23 to Jan. 25, 2014
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