Jean Loretta Blackburn(1928 - 2014)

1928 ~ 2014
Jean Loretta Blackburn, formerly Jean Davich, passed away July 1st after a 6 month struggle with various illnesses. She was with her husband Geoffrey at the time of her passing.
Born near Alburtis, PA to Foster and Katie Litschke on 10-23-1928, she is survived by her sister Pauline Reinhard.
She graduated from High School and went directly into nursing school where she graduated in 1949. A visiting Doctor recruiting nurses for the Park City Miners' Hospital was impressed with her skills and invited Jean to come to Utah. So this shy country girl, came alone to Utah in 1949. She settled in at the Miners' Hospital and eventually met and married Joe Davich. In time, she began working at Holy Cross Hospital in SLC where she was a surgical nurse for Dr. Alan Crandall. Her career spanned some 5 decades of selflessly giving of herself to others. In 1975 Joe died in his sleep leaving Jean a widow with a mortgage and not knowing how to drive a car. Devastated but indomitable, Jean hired a driving instructor and bought her first car. A working widow for 27 years she set about to extensively remodel her home and putter in the garden. In the late 1990's she met her future husband Richard Geoffrey Blackburn. In 2009, they were married.
Jean and Geoffrey had many great adventures together traveling on photo expeditions to the outback to capture the "honey light" for Geoffrey's paintings. Always prepared never complaining, the ever-organized Legendary Nurse was the perfect traveling companion and fellow adventurer and the best friend and wife a man ever had! Friends may call Monday, July 7th at 2:00 p.m. at Evans and Early Mortuary, 574 E. 100 S., SLC. A graveside memorial will be held at 3:00 p.m. at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 S. Highland Drive.
For online condolences www.evans-earlymortuary.com

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Evans & Early Mortuary
574 East 100 South Salt Lake City, UT 84102
(801) 355-5323

Published in Salt Lake Tribune on July 6, 2014