George Pete Blazin|
March 27, 1919 - December 15, 2012
Resident of Castro Valley
George Pete Blazin, 93, long-time resident of Castro Valley, passed away December 15 at Eden Hospital surrounded by members of his family. He lived a life of servant leadership, selfless service, devotion to family, and love of God. He was born March 27, 1919 in Zeigler, Illinois. After graduating from high school, he moved to California and eventually went to work for the Southern Pacific Railroad as a switchman.
In 1942 he was drafted into the army. While stationed in Oregon, he met and married Mary Martindale of Oakley, Idaho. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, achieved the rank of First Sergeant and received the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and a Good Conduct Medal.
Upon returning from the war, he and Mary settled in Castro Valley where they reared their family. George returned to his job with the railroad, was an active force in the union and a leader among his peers.
An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served weekly in the Oakland temple, and loved serving in Scouting where he guided 16 young men to receive their Eagle Scout awards.
He enjoyed watching a good baseball or football game with his family. In later years, he and his wife traveled the world. He also developed a love of gardening and spent much of his day in the garden until a few weeks ago.
George leaves behind his beloved wife, Mary; daughter-in-law Judy Werner Blazin of Castro Valley; his children, Joanne (James) Renell of Boise Idaho, Cynthia (Robert) McDavitt of Kansas City, Missouri, Dwight (Tamera) Blazin of New York City, New York, and Lisa (Lance) Ensign of Santa Rosa; 20 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sons Martin George Blazin and Nelson Keith Blazin and by his great-grandson, Lincoln Dean McDavitt.
To culminate their 70 years of marriage, George and Mary chose to celebrate with their entire family in November at a week-long reunion in San Diego. Over 60 members of their family were able to attend.
Services will be Wednesday, December 19 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Castro Valley, 3900 Seven Hills Road. The family will greet friends at 10:00 AM followed by services at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at Lone Tree Cemetery, 24591 Fairview Ave, Hayward, CA.
Published in Inside Bay Area on Dec. 18, 2012