Lafayette - Obituary for Eldred Griffin Blakewood, IV
Eldred Griffin Blakewood, IV
Touching the life of all those you encounter in a real, honest, profound and deeply personal way is a gift very few possess, but was the hallmark and lifesong of Griff Blakewood. A life that ended too early, but that left an immeasurable and interminable mark on the people and community he loved. Dr. Eldred Griffin Blakewood, IV, husband of Alice McClure Blakewood and father of Eldred G. Blakewood, V and Harrison Kirby Blakewood passed away Monday, March 26th at 3:00 p.m. at the age of 54 after a year-long battle with cancer. He was professor of Environmental Science, or as he would say, "I teach reality", at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Originally from Baton Rouge, he was a graduate of Baton Rouge High Magnet and LSU where he obtained a degree in PreMed Zoology and a PhD with honors in Reproductive Physiology. He journeyed to Philadelphia where he worked as an embryologist at Temple University before making his home in Lafayette and UL in 1991. Falling in love with the community, he used his abilities and gifts to improve the world he lived in, and through the university, his students, and community associations inspired countless others to join him. He will be remembered as the heart and impetus of many Lafayette area environmental efforts including Save the Horse Farm, SPEAK, EarthShare Gardens, LEAN and making Lafayette a bike-friendly city. His life was always filled with music and nature whether playing in the band with his church, gigging with friends, doing the Festivalarian dance, spending time in his canoe or around a campfire. Griff's love for his family, students, friends, community, nature and music defined his life.
He is survived by his wife and children; mother, Judith Blakewood Mattox; and siblings, Tara Blakewood Cochran, April Blakewood Fontenot and Derek Kirby Blakewood.
Visitation and praise service will be held at Family Life Church, 2223 Dulles Dr., Lafayette from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 30th. A Memorial service will be held Sunday, June 1st at 6:30 p.m. at the Horse Farm, 2913 Johnston St., Lafayette. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Griff Blakewood Memorial Fund at Chase Bank, or to the Acadiana Greenspace Legacy Fund at the Community Foundation of Acadiana.
Griff occupied a large space in the lives of those who loved him, and his absence will leave a void. His ideology to keep up the good world can continue through us. "SPIRAL OUT!"
Kinchen Funeral Home, Inc. 1011 N. St. Antoine St. Lafayette, LA 70501, is in charge of arrangements.