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Jack Blaha


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Jack Blaha Obituary
August 7, 1930 - June 16, 2017 Jack Blaha passed away on Friday, June 16, 2017 peacefully in his sleep at his home in Newport Beach, California following his wife Lorry who passed away a year ago. He was born on August 7, 1930 in Joliet, Illinois to Joe and Anna Mae Blaha, and grew up during the Depression with his two older sisters, Lucille and Irene. He lived a long, adventurous life. He moved to Los Angeles after high school where he attended USC and joined the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and the Navy ROTC program. He was a proud Trojan and developed lifelong friendship with his fraternity brothers. Anyone who knew him would tell you his blood ran crimson and gold. He joined the U.S. Navy after graduating and was a Lieutenant during the Korean War, stationed primarily in San Diego and Japan but also traveled to many countries. His Navy buddies also became his friends for life. After finishing his Navy tour, he joined IBM where he worked for over 30 years in sales specializing in financial industry accounts. Though he had met Lorry at a young age in their mutual hometown of Joliet, they didn't start dating until their mid-20s when they both lived in California. They were married on April 18th, 1959 and together for 57 years. Lorry was the love of his life! The two started their family together in San Diego and adopted Steve, their first child. Shortly afterwards, they moved to Glendale, California where they adopted John and Jennifer and continued to reside in the their wonderful home on Merriman Drive for over 40 years. Jack loved the beach and swimming and bought a rental property in Newport Beach in 1976, where the family would vacation for a few weeks every summer between rentals. He loved company and the "Beach House" was one where family, friends, and extended family were always welcome. He and Lorry also loved to travel and would always attend all family occasions in Joliet as well as join friends on trips all around the world. Jack was a devout Catholic and a man of great faith and went to church often. He attended Incarnation Church while living in Glendale, and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Newport Beach, where he and Lorry developed a litany of friendships that lasted decades. Jack was known for his devotion to his family, his warm smile and welcoming personality, his thoughtfulness and his generosity, and he will be greatly missed by all of the lives he touched. Jack is survived by his three children: Steve, John and his wife Kim, and Jennifer and her husband Marty, and his four grandsons: J.J., Mat, Kenny, and Micah. Cabot & Sons, Pasadena
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 25, 2017
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