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Dennis Charles Blind

Lafayette - Dennis (Denny) Charles Blind was called home on Thursday, October 29, 2020. He was born in Lafayette, Indiana on September 7, 1933 to Gertrude Kathryn and Charles Wilbur Blind.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Joanne, daughters Susan Bryan of Braselton, Georgia (Husband: Lee), Lisa Hobbs of Tipton, Indiana (Husband: Scott), Shari Boyle of Warsaw, Indiana (Husband: Pat), and son David of Portage, Michigan (Wife: Allison). Along with 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren he is also survived by his sister, Carolyn Manhart of Southfield, Michigan.

Denny received his B.S. degree from Purdue University in 1955. In 1959, he earned a master's degree in educational administration. Denny spent forty-two years in public education as a teacher, coach, and administrator. For eleven years he taught and coached in Battle Creek, Michigan: Attica, Warsaw, and Shelbyville, Indiana. His last twenty-seven years in education was as an administrator in the Lafayette School Corporation. He served his final eighteen years as the principal of Jefferson High School before retiring in 1997.

While attending Jefferson High School and Purdue, Blind participated in the sports of basketball and baseball. In high school, he was selected to the Indiana All Star Basketball team. He received eight athletic letters at Purdue and has the distinction of being the first 1000-point scorer in Purdue basketball history. In Denny's Junior and Senior years at Purdue, he was named to the "Small All-American Basketball Team". Upon graduation, he was the recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor for Scholarship and Athletic prowess. Denny was named to the Indiana Silver Anniversary basketball team, inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletic Hall of Fame.

As principal, Blind led Jefferson High School on two occasions to be recognized by the US Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. In 1991, Denny was named Indiana Secondary Principal of the Year. When he retired, he was recognized as a Sagamore of the Wabash by the governor of Indiana and named to the Jefferson High School Hall of Fame. As an educator, he maintained a simple philosophy - "always do what is best for the student". Because of his exceptional dedication and service, the Lafayette School Corporation named the Dennis C. Blind gymnasium in his honor.

Through the years, Denny was involved in a variety of community groups and activities. He served as a board member for the Lynn Treece Boy's Club, United Way, Family Services, and St. Elizabeth Hospital Advisory Board.

Since his retirement, Denny loved nothing more than playing golf, traveling to Florida, and spending time with his family. His philosophy of always "doing what is right" lives on with his children and grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Lafayette Jefferson High School in memory of Dennis Blind. The funds will be used to establish a scholarship in his name.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary's Cathedral in Lafayette 1:00 PM Tuesday November 3, Fr. Anthony Rowland officiating. Due to COVID-19, everyone is asked to wear face masks, and practice social distancing. Please leave memories and condolences at www.hahn-groeberfuneralhome.com Hahn-Groeber Funeral Home of Lafayette is honored to serve the Blind family.





Published by Journal & Courier from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, 2020.
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Our thoughts are with the Blind family. Denny was an incredible person. We valued his time in Shelbyville, IN. He will be missed.
The Sirkus Family
Friend
November 4, 2020
Joanne: Sorry about your loss my sister Barbara (Derrick) Puterbaugh informed me of Denny’s passing such a nice guy we all doubled dated many yrs ago when I was with Bob Pierce may the peace of God be with you! My love and condolences to you and the family! Pat (Derrick) Saffran
Pat (Derrick) Saffran
Friend
November 4, 2020
Big hug to you Susie. So sorry to hear this. He was a great man and leaves a big void in the Lafayette community.
Katherine Kitty Holtz
Acquaintance
November 4, 2020
Denny Blind was a man of godly principles that were so strong that even those without sight can see, for they can be felt. Yes, there is a feeling to being respected, honored, and valued. Lafayette was greatly blessed by having Jefferson High School principal Dennis (Denny) Charles Blind; for HE respected, honored and valued us. Indeed he carried the title Principal regally, for he was a man of godly principles. I'm thankful he was JHS principal while I was a teacher there.
Lugenia R.W.Parham
Teacher
November 3, 2020
Coach Blind was my Baseball coach at Shelbyville in 1963-65. I loved playing for him. He helped me develop a love for the game. Thanks Coach Blind. RIP
George Phares
November 2, 2020
Simply put, Denny Blind was one of the finest human beings it has been my privilege to know. He was the ultimate role model. His love for his family and compassion for everyone he encountered spoke volumes about who he was. We all strive to make a difference. In Denny’s case there is no doubt he made a difference in the lives of his family and the thousands of students he taught and cared about. I count it as one my life’s great fortunes that I had the opportunity to work with him.
Ed Eiler
Coworker
November 2, 2020
Joan & Family
We are so sorry to hear of Denny’s death. Praying God’s Peace & Comfort as you go through this difficult time. An abundant of Love & Prayers.
Bill & Mary Kay Hart
Bill & Mary Kay Hart
Friend
November 2, 2020
Mr. Blind was an amazing man. I went to to Jeff until 1989 and you could always talk to him. He was unlike any other Principal I had ever met. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. R.I.P. Mr. Blind.
Lori (Huff) Crabtree
November 2, 2020
Denny was one of those outstanding educators we were fortunate to have growing up. I always enjoyed his enthusiasm for golf and his competitive spirit. In 1977, we won our first of consecutive State Championships in golf at Jeff. I remember him coming down the last hole with his arms raised like a touchdown to signify that we were going to win. They raised a wonderful family to which we send our condolences.
Jay Smith
Student
November 2, 2020
Rest In Peace, Mr Blind.
Terry A Moore
Shelbyville HS, 1970
Terry A Moore
Student
November 2, 2020
I send my sympathy and prayers for comfort to all of the Blind family. Mr. Blind was a great mentor to me as he hired me for my first teaching job. I always admired and respected him.
Christi Branstetter
Coworker
November 1, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Condolences from cousin Ronald Becker, and family-Deidre, Greg, Anita, Cecelia, and Clark and their spouses.
Deidre Duncan
Family
November 1, 2020
Denny was the Principal of Jeff HS during most of the years that I taught in the Social Studies. He was a very approachable, kind, and caring man. He held students and faculty in high esteem and strived to make Jeff High School a safe haven for everyone. He expected excellence from the faculty and treated everyone respectfully. May the Blind family find strength in celebrating a life well lived, a life lived with dignity and honor!
Billie K Jennings
Coworker
November 1, 2020
So sorry to hear. RIP Mr. Dennis Blind. Graduated from Jeff in 73. He was a great Man & glad we had him In Jeff high school .
Colleen Byers Banes
Student
November 1, 2020
Mr Blind was a wonderful man and principal. I always felt he had all of our best interests at heart - no matter whether we were athletes, honor students, band members or students in detention. God blessed Lafayette in so many ways with Mr Blind.
Betsy Liley
Student
November 1, 2020
Joanne and Family, I'm so very sorry to learn of Denny's death. My niece Diedra, Ron's daughter, sent me an email about this. Denny's picture in the obit looked exactly like I remember Denny, always a big smile, just like Uncle Charlie. Claudia (cousin to Denny)
Claudia ( Becker) Bell
Family
November 1, 2020
Denny was a great leader. As a teacher and administrator under his stewardship at Jefferson I learned that doing what was right was the only option and that Denny always practiced that motto. He had the biggest influence on my career and personal guidance for over twenty years. His legacy will live on through all that he met.
Roger Francis
Coworker
November 1, 2020
Mr. Blind was a tremendous man and role model for the community and us students. I was in the class of 1992 and fondly remember him with a smile on his face and being a man of integrity. You knew he cared about students and the school. Being a huge Purdue fan I have to admit, I was a bit in awe of him too. RIP Principal Blind! To the family, leave and love to you all.
Scott Savage
Student
November 1, 2020
I’m so sorry for your loss. Prayers to all.
Kay Neal-McKenna
Friend
November 1, 2020
Amie Blumling
November 1, 2020
So sorry to hear about Denny. Dick passed away January 2019. Miss him every day. Family, friends and church friends have been wonderful. Know you too have many beautiful people in your life to help you through this. Take care and know that many blessings, prayers and good wishes are with you and your family.
Becky Bishopp
Becky Bishopp
Friend
November 1, 2020
Coach Blind cut me as a junior from the Shelbyville high School baseball team in 1961. I saw Coach Blind in 1977-1978 at a social event in Lafayette and thanked him for putting me out of my misery for trying to play baseball. We all laughed and he recounted warmly some of his coaching experiences at Shelbyville. I thought what a great man and educator Lafayette Jeff was getting in his return to Lafayette Jeff.
John Bobeck
Student
November 1, 2020
I'm so sorry to learn of Mr. Blind's passing. He was such a kind, gentle man, a wonderful mentor always with a smiling face. My prayers for all of you for peace and comfort in this difficult time.
Sue (Boardman) Suttles
Friend
November 1, 2020
I worked with Denny on a couple of issues and found him to be very caring and compassionate for his students and school. He was one of the best community leaders of my time. Men of Denny's stature are few and far between. God bless the family and may his soul rest in peace.
Tom Leach
Acquaintance
November 1, 2020
Sending love and fortitude to the Blind Family as you mourn. I went to school with David when Mr. Blind was principal. I remember very well the kindness of your family. I am grateful to have known him and have been influenced by his positive leadership of our school.
Jessica Jaques Collaco
Student
November 1, 2020
He always had time for a student, and always had a smile. A kind and caring man. We were lucky to have him at Jeff.
Carl Faulkenberry
November 1, 2020
Amy McKiddy
November 1, 2020
A man who had such a profound positive effect on me... My deepest sympathies to Joanne and the family.
Tony Rose
Coworker
November 1, 2020
I’m sorry to hear about your dad. He was a well-respected, good man who positively affected people of all ages. May God give you peace and comfort by surrounding all of you with his loving arms.
Beth Compton (Underwood)
Beth (Underwood) Compton
Friend
November 1, 2020
Mrs Blind, David and the rest of the family, so sorry to hear of Mr Blind’s passing. We will always treasure the times we spent on the golf courses watching David and Brian compete for the Broncos. Mr Blind was always smiling and so cordual with all his students and their families. Great principal and a great human being. None better, he will be truly missed. God bless! Tom, Lenore, Brian, and Emily Ferguson
The Ferguson’s
Friend
November 1, 2020
Mr. Denny Blind was truly loved by the Bronchos.
Always supportive and confident in each and every student at Jefferson.
He touched a lot of lives in his years of education.
He will be missed by many.

Kevin Sims
Student
October 31, 2020
I was a teacher at Jeff HS in the 90s. When I look back at my first semester there, I’m amazed and thankful that a principal of such a large and busy school took the time for classroom visits and individual mentoring, and I still remember his focus: that all students receive equal attention in the classroom, all be seen and heard and given an equal chance to learn and grow.
Denny Blind leaves a legacy of excellence as an educator and leader. I’m grateful to have known and worked with him.
My sincerest condolences to his loved ones.
Nancy Kauper
Coworker
October 31, 2020
Sending you prayers of strength and comfort in your time of loss.
Love, Tim, Annette, Nick, Claire, Bella and Xander
Annette and Tim Miller
Neighbor
October 31, 2020
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