Woodward County Obituaries

Jack Wesley Blasdel
03 Aug 1915 - 19 May 2007

Woodward News
23 May 2007, Page 3

Jack Blasdel, 91-year-old longtime Woodward resident, died Saturday, May 19, 2007 at Woodward, Okla. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 25, 2007 in the Living Word Fellowship Church with Pastor Eric Cox officiating. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 24, 2007 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Jack Wesley Blasdel was born Aug. 3, 1915 in Blackwell, Okla., the oldest son of the three boys of Harry Walker Blasdel and May Smith Blasdel. They moved to Buffalo and later moved to Woodward in 1926. Jack attended school in Woodward one year, then the family moved to their ranch in the Tangier area. Jack graduated from Tangier High School in 1932 and went to Oklahoma A & M College, now Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla. where he graduated in 1936 with a Bachelor Degree in Agriculture. Jack was a member of the University's nationally recognized livestock judging team and they won numerous honors along with placing first at the American Royal in Kansas City, Mo. He was a member of the Farmhouse Fraternity at Stillwater. On June 25, 1938, Jack Blasdel was married to Lucile McClung in the garden of her parent's home in May, Okla. After a honeymoon to Colorado they made their home on a ranch at Mutual, Okla. Jack and Lucile started out as pioneers living on the ranch, with many things to do but little money to accomplish their goals. They, along with all other farmers and ranchers experienced low prices for cattle, the hardships of crop failure, hail, depression and drought that go along with farming and ranching, but they always looked to the future with bigger and better plans. Jack believed strongly in soil conservation and Jack started that practice on his ranch in 1939 and has practiced preserving the soil from that date forward. Jack kept up with the practices of good farming, rotation of crops, soil conservation, and fertilization. He planted grass seed over the land for years which has helped preserve the land.

While at Mutual, Lucile and Jack were blessed with two children, Merrill and Regena. When Merrill was in the second grade the family moved to Woodward. After moving to Woodward Jack continued ranching along with owning and operating a Purina Feed Store in Woodward, Okla., sold irrigation equipment and had a cage egg operation. At this particular time he also installed an irrigation system on the ranch. Irrigation of land proved to be a successful method of raising good crops. On one particular 40 acres he planted Bermuda grass and irrigated it and it grew rapidly into a velvety covered mass of green. It was a picture to behold with so many cattle grazing on 40 acres of Bermuda grass.

While Jack was not particularly a joiner of organizations he did hold a deep belief in assisting those who had needs. Jack helped many of the 4-H club and FFA members in feeding out their calves for the different shows and also attended and supported the sales and bid on their calves in order that they could obtain the higher prices for their calves. Jack also taught his children responsibility. They learned at an early age that when they had 4-H and FFA projects that it was their duty to feed and care for their calves. They also learned the responsibility that they could arise early in the morning at 4 a.m. if there was work to do, including the changing of irrigation pipe.

On Jan. 20, 1950 Jack and Lucile were honored by Ralston Purina Company for winning a National Purina sales contest with a seven day expense paid vacation trip to Cuba and Puerto Rico.

Jack had many hobbies and was a sports fan and particularly liked the St. Louis Cardinals, the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Cowboys. He was particularly fond of Coach John Wooden, Tom Landry and Eddie Sutton. In his 80's Jack took a Spanish class at the Vo-Tech, said he wanted to know more about the verbs. He turned out to be the teacher's pet.

Jack was a member of Living Word Fellowship, having made a profession of Christ as his personal Savior at a Full Gospel Businessmen's meeting in Dallas. After Jack became a Christian he spent many many hours and days in the basement studying the Bible and tracing the facts. In the process he purchased a library of Bibles reading and deciding which translation he liked best. Later on Aug. 23, 1978 he was baptized in a swimming pool on Lakeview Drive in Woodward.

Jack is survived by his wife, Lucile Blasdel, having been married to Lucile for 68 years, 11 months and 6 days; a son Merrill Blasdel of Glendale, Calif.; a daughter, Regena Blasdel Morris and her husband Mickey Morris; a granddaughter Rayleen Elliott; great grandchildren, Brennen and Courtney and her husband Robert Clint Evartt; great great granddaughter, Delaney all of Burleson, Texas. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Lois Blasdel; two special nieces, Brenda Rea and husband Bob Rea and their family; Donna Beth Hackney and husband Garey Hackney and their family; nephews, Mark Blasdel and wife Ann Blasdel and their family; Brett Blasdel and his wife Suzie Blasdel and their children; other friends and relatives. Jack is also survived by other family members, Elizabeth Glasgow sister-in-law and her family; sister-in-law Pauline Benbrook and her husband Douglas Benbrook, along with their families; Robert McClung and his family; Henry and Carol Vloedman and his family.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and May Blasdel; and brothers Don L. Blasdel and William Y. Blasdel.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814 with the funeral home accepting the contributions.

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