Terrry Blake

Terry William Blake, 68, was born on February 22, 1955, in Long Beach, California, and passed this life on July 8, 2023, in Carthage, Texas.

He had a long battle with FTD in the final years of his life.

Terry Blake

Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Allen Dave Funeral Home. He will receive a military funeral honors ceremony, and his ashes will be laid to rest at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, in Phoenix.

Mr. Blake was raised in Southern California and graduated from high school after attending Cleveland High in Reseda and Canoga High in Canoga Park.

At 17, he enlisted in the United States Army. He served on the Honor Guard and was trained as a combat medic. After his honorable discharge in 1975, he attended Paris Junior College, in Paris, Texas, where he became a registered nurse.  He worked in Texas, in Tyler and at Parkland Memorial in Dallas, then returned to Southern California where he worked in emergency rooms, trauma centers and mobile intensive care units.  He attended Western University of the Pacific (then COMP), was valedictorian and earned his physician assistant certificate. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Loma Linda University in emergency medical care.

He started the midlevel program at Redlands Community Hospital ER and moved back to Texas to start the program at Methodist Hospital ER in Dallas.  Moving farther into Northeast Texas, he worked as a PA in Yantis, then Paris, and finally settled in Carthage, Texas.

He had a love for fishing and adventure and the family moved to Sitka, in 2006. While there, he developed a close association with the Southeast Alaska people and was adopted into the Tlingit tribe, Kaagwaantaan clan and was honored with the name, Saawusein.

He also was elected to and served on the Sitka Assembly. After six years in Alaska, the family moved back to Carthage, Texas.

He had many interests and loves. He loved his family and was very proud of his children – he enjoyed spending time with them. He was an affable and friendly gentleman. He loved taking care of patients in every aspect and became close with many of the families he genuinely cared for.

 He loved fishing, boating, shooting and, when younger, was an expert skier.

Mr. Blake is preceded in death by his parents, Rollie and Verna Blake (nee Stanley), and sister Debra Weightman.

Mr. Blake is survived by his loving wife Suzzane Blake; sons, Brandon (Holly), Garet (Kinsey), Jordan and Seth Blake and Jeremy (Nicole), Jason (Amanda)  and Sara (Dave) Moser; grandsons Ford, Banks and Mason Blake, Gabriel Baysinger, and Cooper and Colton Moser; sister, Pam (Dave) of Monterey, Tennessee; brother Rick Blake of Clay City, Illinois; and nieces and nephews.

He was especially fond of his niece, Blakie Stringer, and great-nephew Brayden; and also his adopted family, whom he loved very much, William and Eloise Kanosh. 

Many heartfelt thanks of gratitude and appreciation for the fine care and love provided by the Marian Place in Carthage, Texas, Dr. Akpassa and HeartsWay Hospice.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to Wounded Warrior Project or the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration.

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