CPT Thomas D. Blake was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 02/20/2024 at the age of 79.2
Anchorage, AK
Date of Birth 11/30/1944
Served in the U.S. Marine Corps
This information was provided by Lynn Kile

More detail on this person: Thomas Dillon Blake was born on November 30, 1944 in Pensacola, Florida and died aged 79 on February 20, 2024 in Wasilla, Alaska. Tom is survived by the love of his life - his wife of 50 years, Maxine, their two daughters Julie Laskey and Katie Blake as well as grandsons Michael LaFountain and Jacob Laskey. Tom was a beloved son of the late Robert and Dolly Blake of Pensacola, Florida. Tom had the additional honor of being a brother to Bobby, Drew, David, Mary, Chris, and Paul and uncle to more than twenty nieces and nephews. Tom sold real estate in both Montana and Alaska for more than 40 years; he was also a pilot in the military - both as an active-duty Marine and then later in the Army National Guard. In these two roles he had 33 years of serving not just his country but his local community. His joy in flight, low in the heat soaked roar, and the comradery of his fellow pilots never wavered. As an active community member, Tom volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, St. Theresa's Camp, Mat-Su Food Bank, and St. Benedict's Church. Before his knees went wonky he trained for and ran marathons such as the Mayor's Midnight Sun and the Mt. Marathon in Seward. In his study, he kept a framed certificate of not only donating more than 11 gallons of blood to the local Blood Bank of Alaska, but also of the time he held the record for catching some kind of fish - the details and proof now lost within the "Tom's drawer" filing system. He rests assured his Superfish compadres will fish on and that any of his golfing friends forget games where he didn't win, definitely lost money, and to please have a cigar in remembrance. A funeral will be held at Sacred Heart Church in Wasilla, Alaska on March 2 at 11am. A celebration of life service will be held at St. Benedict's Church in Anchorage, Alaska on March 11 at 3pm. In lieu of flowers, both Tom and his family would appreciate friends and loved ones to consider a donation to their local food bank or veteran's service or charity.

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