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Michael Blakely

Michael Blakely

Monday, July 24th, 1939 - Tuesday, October 27th, 2020
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Obituary

Michael Lee Blakely

“I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me.” John 10:14

Mike was born on July 24, 1939 in Spokane and passed away on October 27, 2020 at his home in Quincy, WA at the age of 81.

Mike was the oldest child of Oren Blakely and Lola Blakely of Fairfield, WA. After graduating from Fairfield High School, Mike attended Washington State College (now Washington State University) and received both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Agricultural Education. While studying at WSU, Mike married the love of his life, Myrna Fink Blakely on April 1, 1961. A daughter (Michele Blakely Heitstuman), and a son (Mark Blakely) kept the young couple busy.

Mike had a lifetime passion for education. His first job teaching was serving at the Vo-Ag teacher and FFA advisor at St. John High School starting in 1962. In 1968, he began teaching at Quincy High and served as the FFA advisor until 1994. Mike was proud to help support the expansion of irrigated agriculture in the Columbia Basin as the local FFA Advisor. He also worked for the Quincy School District on a part-time basis until 2000 coordinating their School to Work Program.

In retirement, Mike enjoyed raising livestock on his small farm. His passion and enjoyment of his “woolies” led him down several paths related to the livestock industry, mostly supporting youth-related activities. He served as President of the Columbia Basin Sheep Producers and as a board member of the Northwest Junior Sheep Exposition. Mike also served on the Board of Trustees of Big Bend Community College from 2004 to 2014, including serving 5 years as the Board Chair. Mike was also a longtime member of the Quincy Presbyterian Church.

Mike is survived by his wife Myrna of Quincy, and his children Michele (Mark) of Uniontown, WA; and Mark (Shelley) of Indianapolis, IN. He is also survived by his grandchildren Michael Heitstuman of Colfax, WA and Aida Blakely of Indianapolis, IN; his brother Loren (partner Geri) Blakely of Fairfield, WA, and numerous nieces and nephews. Mike was preceded in death by his parents Oren and Lola Blakely.

Burial will take place at a private service in Pine City, WA. A small memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 7th at 1:00 pm at the Presbyterian Church in Quincy.
Due to current health restrictions, crowd size (30 people allowed to attend funeral service), social distancing and facial covering will be regulated. Funeral services will also be streamed through https://www.facebook.com/Scharbachs.

In lieu of flowers, you may make a memorial to either the Big Bend Community College Educational Foundation, 7662 Chanute Street NE, Moses Lake, WA 98837; or the Quincy Animal Shelter in Mike’s name.
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Service Details

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Saturday, November 7th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Saturday, November 7th, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    First Presbyterian Church
    Address
    715 Central Ave. North
    QUINCY, WA 98848
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    Notes
    Due to current health restrictions, crowd size (30 people allowed to attend funeral service by invitation only), social distancing and facial covering will be regulated. Funeral services will also be streamed through https://www.facebook.com/Scharbachs.
    Officiant
    Pastor Shaun McNay

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Nancy Tracy

Posted at 11:23am
I am so sad to learn of Mike's passing. I had the priviledge to meet him, and his lovely wife Myrna, when Mike worked tirelessly on behalf of the students in our community via his tenure as a trustee for Big Bend Community College. He always had a kind word and a smile for staff. Myrna, my deep sympathies to you and your family. Mike was a gem.
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Lloyd Thompson

Posted at 11:25am
I had the privilege of doing my student teaching with Mike. During this time, Mike taught me that it’s the connections we make with our students that really counts. I already knew Mike or at time Mr Blakey, through the FFA. As an advisor at the NCW Fair, Mike was known as the produce man. He urged students from all the schools to fill the produce barn up every year. As I saw Mike over the years, it usually involved sheep or more accurately market lambs for fair projects for my students. He would want to know about the student and how hard they would work with their lambs and he’d spend extra time looking for just the right lamb depending on the student. He loved his woolies and loved to see kids show them. He was a “good” guy who made a difference in the lives of those he met.
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Ray Appling

Posted at 01:53pm
So sorry to hear of Mike's passing. He has been a tireless influence in so many lives over the years it will be very hard to fill the void he has left. My deepest condolences to Mrs Blakely, Michelle, Mark and their children. Mike will be deeply missed by us all.
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