LONG BEACH Jack W. Blizzard, 91, died Dec. 26, 2010, at his Long Beach residence. The son of Charley and Clyda (James) Blizzard, he was born March 31, 1919, in Olive Hill, Ky. He grew up in Olive Hill and was a graduate of Olive Hill High School.
Following high school he came west, settling in Castle Rock. There he worked for Weyerhaeuser Timber as a gandy dancer and logger. Moving to Seattle he was employed at Todd Drydock until the outbreak of World War II. He served with the United States Navy from 1942 until 1949.
Following his military service, Mr. Blizzard settled in Spokane. He tended bar at the Yardley Tavern and then owned and operated the Sage Tavern on Sprague Street for a number of years until retirement in the early 1980s. In 1995 he moved to Long Beach where he enjoyed the tranquility of life at the coast.
A member of the Methodist church, he was a former member of Spokane Eagles lodge. Over the years he enjoyed fishing, golfing and spending time with friends. He dearly loved his daughters and his grandchildren.
Survivors include daughters, Jackie Mitchell, Nixie Doan/Skelton, Betsy Wright and Abbie Preslan; two stepchildren; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was held Jan. 3 at Tahoma National Cemetery in Maple Valley and included full military honors. His guest book is available at www.penttilaschapel.com.