Douglas M. Blankenship, 76, longtime resident of Weed, California, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Born in Whittier, California to Noble and Edith Blankenship he lived in Weed during his childhood, early adulthood, and his retirement years before moving to Phoenix with his daughter Stacey in 2016.
He married his high school sweetheart, Carol, in 1962 and they resided in Weed before moving to San Jose and then to Satanta, Kansas in 1973. They returned to Weed In 1989.
His wife Carol, his parents Noble and Edith, and his siblings Wade and Geraldine (Gerri) preceded him in death.
Doug was a passionate man who spent the majority of his life driving trucks and automobiles. He spent his career driving over the road and locally. There wasn’t an engine he couldn’t fix.
He was a lifetime sports fan, excelling in sports in his youth, and entered the Weed High School Hall of Fame in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoyed watching all sports, old movies, and spending time with his cats.
Doug was extremely loving and proud of his daughters, Stacey Blankenship and Dorothy Watkins of Phoenix, Arizona, Vicki Blankenship, her partner, Sandi of Pacific, Missouri, and Robin White and her husband Mark of Bellingham, Washington.
He is also survived by his brothers and sister-in-laws, Dick and Eileen Blankenship of Lake Shastina, California, Roger and Gail Blankenship of Redding, California, and Larry and Marilyn Blankenship of Weed; as well as his many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
The family will host a celebration of life on Saturday, December 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Weed Golf Club, 27730 Old Edgewood Road in Weed.
Memorial donations may be made in Doug’s name to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014.