1922 ~ 2012
PACIFIC GROVE - Stanley Blankenship, 89, a native of Pacific Grove, passed away February 29, 2012 in a care facility near his residence. He is survived by his only son, Stanley R. Blankenship (who cared for him faithfully during a three-year illness), three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Blankenship was born in Pacific Grove on April 13, 1922 to Elton Ralph Blankenship and his British bride, Eva Earle Blankenship. Elton's parents moved to the town in 1903 from West Virginia, seeking a better life in California. Stanley's five siblings, George, Warren, Raymond, Leroy (Babe) and the youngest, Edward, who died in infancy, preceded him in death, as did his wife, Mable and daughter, Cynthia Coit.
He worked with his father in the trades as a young man and joined the Merchant Marines at the age of 20. He served in the South Pacific during WWII
on many vessels, including the Robert E. Peary, a ship of note. After the war, he returned home and married Mabel Everett in 1946. He made a living piloting a fishing vessel owned by Tom Cutino (Bert's uncle) during the last years of the sardine boom.
In 1951, he and his father built his family home in Pacific Grove where he and his beloved Mabel raised a family. For the remainder of his working life, he was a proud union teamster in the local lumber industry. He loved deep sea fishing, especially salmon and rock cod, a passion he passed on to his son. He and his wife were avid home gardeners, with a special fondness for roses. Mabel passed away in October of 2009.
There will be no memorial services. He will be buried in a family plot in Pacific Grove's El Carmelo Cemetery.