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Frank Kent Blew

Posted: Friday, Jan 4th, 2013

BLEW—Frank Kent Blew, 69, of Florence, passed away Dec. 23, 2012.

Kent was born May 16, 1943, in Medford, Ore., to Frank L. and Charlotte P. Blew. He grew up there and graduated in 1961 from Medford Senior High School.

He was a top-notch athlete excelling in football as a runningback, as well as the track team. Some of his high school track records still stand; he was really fast.

Like all the men in the family, he did some logging and, like all three of his brothers, served in the military. Kent served in the U.S. Army as an artillery surveyor, serving in Korea along the DMZ.

After coming home, he moved to the San Jose, Calif., area, where he became the manager of a chain of sewing machine and vacuum cleaner centers. After his retirement, he moved to Florence to live once more near a brother and a sister who lived in the area.

Kent was an avid fisherman as well as a highly skilled guitarist. He loved surfing and his rock and roll music.

He made numerous trips to Mexico with his buddies. His most memorable trip was to Australia and New Zealand. He also traveled throughout Europe.

Kent was also a real people person. His warm, outgoing personality was contagious, and he had a huge entourage who wanted nothing more than to hang out at Kent’s place, especially on Sunday or Monday nights for, of course, football.

He was extremely generous and was always there to give a friend a helping hand whenever called to help. No matter how bad a situation was, Kent could always see the silver lining.

When he came to visit on a festive occasion, carrying his guitar, we were always rewarded with a great concert. And we always asked him to play and sing his outstanding rendition of “Hotel California” — move over, Eagles!

Kent was truly a man of all seasons.

Over these past few months we watched Kent, always optimistic and tough, put up an extremely challenging battle against a severe case of lung cancer.

It was truly unbelievable for all of us to watch what he went through. Yet, it hearkened us back to those glorious days of yesterday when we stood on the sidelines and watched the incredibly fast and formidably rugged star runningback for the Medford Black Tornado give the home team yet one more win.

This time, against formidable odds, a still smiling and always joking hero finally lost his last game. In one last blaze of glory, on Dec. 23, Kent crossed over to that place where legends now dwell.

Kent was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Charlotte Blew; brothers Bruce, Leigh and Dale; and his sisters Barbara Clarence and Elizabeth Paris.

He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law in Florence, as well as his nephew, Dennis Blew of Corvallis, Ore.

To say he will be missed by his family and numerous friends would not begin to truly describe what this enormous loss will mean to all of us.

Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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