SEATTLE - Ocean Park resident George G. Blakeslee, Jr., age 64, died of complications following surgery on Nov. 16, 2007, in Seattle.
One of three children born to George and Jane (Soule) Blakeslee Sr., he was born in Portland, Ore., on Aug. 29, 1943. He received his education in Portland where he graduated from U.S. Grant High School. He continued his education at Willamette University in Salem where he graduated in 1967. He was also very proud of being an Eagle Scout.
He obtained his degree in medical dentistry from Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, and then served two years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Dental Corps. In 1971 he entered private practice and spent nearly 20 years practicing dentistry in the Vancouver area. He was blessed with two sons and one daughter and in 1994, married Candace Carteen. In 2000, he was blessed with another son and for the past five years, had been rediscovering a new chapter in his life on the beautiful Washington coast. He and his wife established Peninsula Dental Clinic in Ocean Park and just this year, opened Design Dental Center in Ilwaco. He took pride in being a part of the local medical community, providing excellent care to all he served.
Dr. Blakeslee had faith in God and a passion for the outdoors. He loved singing, especially in church, and he deeply enjoyed nature: from fishing to crabbing, from golfing to camping. As a licensed pilot, he loved experiencing the beauties all around us, at all altitudes. His love for the great outdoors also extended as a kindness to many around him. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather (Grandpa Georgie) who will be greatly missed. An enthusiastic new member of the Peninsula Players Theatrical Group, he enjoyed expressing his warm sense of humor in their two most recent productions, "Rebecca" and "Arsenic and Old Lace."
Survivors include his wife, Candace, at the family home; his children, Craig (Rossy) Blakeslee of Harlingen, Texas, Andrea (Chris) Fahr of Clarkston, Mich., Donovan Blakeslee of Battle Ground and Keefer Blakeslee of Ocean Park; a brother, William C. Blakeslee of Sherwood, Ore.; five adoring grandchildren; a niece, Monica Blakeslee and a nephew, Trent Blakeslee.
We thank God for George Blakeslee. May his kind spirit live on forever in the memories of those who knew him and loved him.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 25, at Ocean Park United Methodist Church. A reception follows at the church. Please share a memory at www.penttilaschapel.com. Arrangements are by Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach.