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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Jerry Blakely

  • Jerry Blakely – avid sailor, great friend, respected businessman, and valued mentor – died at the age of 70 on April 21, 2013 in Sequim, Washington following a brief bout with cancer.
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  • Jerry Blakely – avid sailor, great friend, respected businessman, and valued mentor – died at the age of 70 on April 21, 2013 in Sequim, Washington following a brief bout with cancer.
    Jerry grew up in Dodge City, graduating from Dodge City High School in 1961. He went on to earn a BBA from Kansas State University and an MBA from the
    University of Oregon.
    Jerry resided in Eugene, Oregon for over 30 years, where he co-founded and
    was President of Point Control, a computer software company. Upon his retirement from a successful business career in various industries, he taught business strategy in the University of Oregon’s MBA program. After leaving Eugene, he lived in Placitas, New Mexico for eight years before moving to Sequim in December 2012.
    Jerry spent the last eight summers cruising the waters of British Columbia,
    Canada, his “heart’s home,” while living aboard his sailboat, Kagán. He was happiest at the helm, feeling at one with the boat, the wind, and the water.
    He also pursued other passions, including recording the beauty that moved him through contemplative photography; finding his own rhythm through drumming; and tapping into his spirit through yoga and meditation.
    Never shrinking from a challenge, he learned to downhill and cross-country ski
    in his sixties. He carved the slopes of Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Ski Santa Fe, New Mexico for several seasons and broke trail in the backcountry of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. He opened his heart to dogs, raising and training two puppies in his sixties, when he’d never had pets before. He was an award-winning amateur winemaker and initiated many appreciative friends into the joys of fine wines. To all Jerry’s pursuits, he brought a care and attention to detail that was uniquely his own, “Jerry-izing” his friendships, as well as his boats, his homes, and his work.
    He was preceded in death by the love of his life and wife of 32 years, Mary Rear Blakely. He was also predeceased by his parents, Lucille and James Blakely of Dodge City. Jerry is survived by his brother, Larry, and nephews, James and Benjamin; the many members of Mary’s family who were as close as his own family; his “niece,” Serin Bussell, and her husband, Tom; his close friend, Deborah Green; and friends from Dodge City, Dave Robb and Ella Mae Byers.
    Jerry requested there be no formal service, but encouraged friends and family to come together in informal gatherings, share an excellent bottle of wine, and raise a toast to a life well-lived.
    Jerry was instrumental in creating the Hendricks Park Native Plant Garden in
    dedication to his late wife, and memorials can be made in his name to: OCF Hendricks Park Native Plant Garden Fund (Oregon Community Foundation, 1221 Southwest Yamhill Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97205).
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