George L. Blackburn

George L. Blackburn Sr.


Born August 11, 1904 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, George L. Blackburn Sr. passed October 31, 1995 in Seattle with his wife of 53 years, Glory, at his side.

George’s youth was in Yakima where his father was a portrait photographer and his mother an artist.  George was an extraordinary, very versatile person whose word was his bond and handshake was his contract.  He was admired and loved by all.  He will be remembered for his delightful humor, and spontaneous funny remarks could pop up almost anytime.  He was a lover of art, and music and is his early years an accomplished clarinetist, proud of his association with the Shrine band.  He served his Country during World War II as an officer in the U.S. Navy.  George loved the outdoors and mountain scenery and was an ardent sportsman, fisherman, and bird hunter who always had a favorite hunting dog at his heel.  George was a horseman who had great skill in buying horses which he recognized as especially suited for children to ride.

In 1955, when George and Glory decided to raise their three children in the country, the dream materialized when George gave up his career as an astute business executive to buy the Flying Horseshoe Ranch for children.  Literally thousands of children will lovingly remember “Mr. B,” as they all called him.

George is survived by his wife, Glory, son George and his wife Penny, and daughters Gail and Glory, and seven grandchildren, as well as many, many dear friends.

There will be no funeral.  Remembrances may be sent to Children’s Medical Center in Seattle.

Ellensburg Daily Record (Washington)
November 17, 1995
Page 8


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