Blynn Shafer

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Blynn D. Shafer

Blynn D. Shafer, better known to his family and friends as BD (Bad Dog is what he liked to tell people), passed away at the age of 77 on February 4, 2018. Born in Columbus, Ohio he was a proud Ohio State University graduate who earned the opportunity to earn his master's degree at University of New Mexico from Sandia National Laboratories. You could always hear him cheer "O-H-I-O!" or "Go Lobos!" at basketball and football games (even if they were on the TV at times).

Once in New Mexico, he met his wife Lou Ann, to whom he was married for over 50 years. They had a daughter, Cindy, a son, Sandy, and a granddaughter, Sofia, of whom he was immensely proud and would brag about to anyone who would listen. His sister, Jean, and his nieces and nephews, Kelly, Sean, Matt, Ryan, and Katie were all people who he loved and cared for very much throughout his life.

Sandia National Laboratories is where he he spent 36 years devoting his intellect as an electronic engineer. The projects he worked on were diverse: an early insulin pump, solar energy, and a radar system that ensured the safety of soldiers and civilians are just a small sample of these.

BD belonged to many to many groups and organizations that were equally diverse. Harmony Class at Central United Methodist Church, the Albuquerque Boat Club, and the co-op of his local community benefited from his talents and leadership.

Cars were another passion of his. He had many cars over his lifetime, and, despite what he said at times, enjoyed fixing, rebuilding, or just admiring them from a distance. This led him to work with a lifelong friend to develop an electric timing and scoring system that could be used by the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars organization. What adventures he had traveling around the USA following them!

Charity was just as important to him. He always rooted for the underdog. He used his knowledge and talents to check and fix appliances at the Habitats for Humanity Re-Store so that they could be sold to help raise money to build houses for people that maybe couldn't afford them otherwise. He and his wife traveled to New Orleans three times to help rebuild houses that were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. He also volunteered his time at the Church of the Good Shepherd as a sound engineer to ensure that the word of God and music could be heard by all.

Bad Dog wasn't bad. He was a great man who wanted to make everyone's life better in some way. One of his greatest joys in life was puns. So we leave you with this, "How do angels greet each other? They say...Halo."

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the new sound system at Church of the Good Shepherd. The celebration with be at Church of the Good Shepherd, 7834 Tennyson St. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122 at 10 am on Saturday, February 24, 2018.

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Church of the Good Shepherd
7834 Tennyson St NE
Albuquerque, NM 87122
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Published in Albuquerque Journal on Feb. 11, 2018
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