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Jack Leroy Blevins

April 27, 1940 ~ February 27, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Jackie (Jack) Leroy Blevins, age 83
April 27, 1940 - February 27, 2024

Jack went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on February 27, 2024, after dying at home of natural causes in Boise, Idaho. He was born to Jasper (Jack) Newton Jennings and Rosemary Alice Jennings on April 27, 1940 in Carthage, Missouri. His younger brother, David, was born on February 10, 1942. Rosemary and Jasper Jennings divorced on December 5, 1942, and Jack and David were raised by their mother and stepfather, Earl Blevins, mostly in Ontario, Oregon. Both Jack and David were eventually adopted by Earl. Jack's younger brother Richard was born February 26, 1946, and sister Kathy on January 25, 1951.

As a youngster Jack earned money mowing lawns, doing odd jobs, and shining shoes in a barber shop in downtown Ontario. Jack attended Conklin Grade School, Ontario Junior High School, and graduated from Ontario High School in 1958. At age 17, while still in high school, Jack joined the Idaho Air National Guard 124th Fighter-Interceptor Group at Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho. His basic training took place at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He served for eight years with the crash recovery crew, and very much enjoyed the friends he made and all aspects of the service.

Jack made many important decisions during his lifetime but believed that two were key in his life: one was his decision to accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, and the other was to ask his high school sweetheart, Beverly Joan Murphy, to marry him.

A year after their graduation, Jack and Beverly married on April 4, 1959, in Ontario, Oregon where Jack was working at the Bestway Building Center. Their daughter, Kelly, was born February 25, 1960. Over the next two years, they lived in Boise, Mountain Home, and Burley, with Jack working mainly in construction. Their son James (Jamie, Jim) was born on August 24, 1962, and younger daughter, Laurie, was born on March 8, 1968.

In 1962, after moving back to Boise, Jack went to work for Sundries Center Division of Mountain States Wholesale, which was later acquired by Albertsons. Jack started in the warehouse and worked his way up, trained by Carroll Slack and Bill Cossey, to become the Distribution Center General Manager, serving Albertsons stores in 11 western states. Jack always said Albertsons treated him very well, giving credit to Bob Huff, Pete Gustavsen, and Warren McCain. After 36 years, Jack retired in 1998.

Jack was an amazing family man, providing a very comfortable lifestyle for his wife and three children. He took them camping many times and on trips to the Oregon Coast. A few years before he retired, Jack and Beverly purchased a cabin in Cascade, Idaho. Jack loved being there, and his kids have fond memories of spending time there as well. In retirement, Jack and Beverly purchased an RV, and joined Good Sam travel club where they enjoyed several years traveling with other club members. In addition, they took cruises to Alaska and up the northeast coast and inland to Quebec, Canada with Beverly’s sister and her husband. Jack and Beverly took guided trips to the Calgary Stampede, the deep south, and Texas. There were also self-driving trips, one of which was to Tombstone, Arizona, a place that Jack especially wanted to see and greatly enjoyed.

Jack loved his country and was a great patriot. He read many books by his favorite political authors, but his favorite book to read and study was the Bible. Jack brought Beverly and his three children to accept Christ as their Savior. By doing so, he is responsible for passing on the salvation of Christ to his three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Jack was a huge Boise State Broncos fan and had season tickets to the football and basketball games for many years. He enjoyed sharing these games with Beverly, his kids, and his grandkids, and eagerly looked forward to the games. In his younger years, Jack and Jamie raced dirt bikes together, creating a special bond between them. Jack loved doing yardwork, planting flowers, and being outdoors. He had a great sense of humor, lovingly teasing everyone around him. Jack was a sensitive man with a huge heart. He had the sweetest, kindest nature, and all who worked for him or spent any time with him came to love him. Jack always wanted the very best for his family and his actions showed it. He was an animal lover who had many pets during his lifetime, and he spoiled them all.

Jack was preceded in death by his father Jasper (Jack) Jennings, his stepfather Earl Blevins, his mother Rosemary, his brother David, and his son, James Blevins. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Beverly Blevins, of Boise, his daughters Kelly Harrod (Tony) of Boise, and Laurie Popel of Meridian, his grandchildren Ryan Price (Keri) of Meridian, Meghann Wilkins (Brett) of Emmett, and Jessica Popel of Meridian. Jack had six great-grandchildren, Charli Price, Isaac Price, Jacob Price, Nora Price, Tate Hilton, and Brooklyn Wilkins. He is also survived by his brother Richard Blevins of Chesapeake, Virginia, and sister Kathy Blevins Tillamook, Oregon.

Jack will be cremated, and a family memorial will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Jack’s favorite charity, the Boise Rescue Mission Ministries, PO Box 1494, Boise, ID 83701.
Jack's family would like to thank the loving staff at Overland Court Senior Living, and Keystone Hospice for the exceptional care they gave Jack and his family.


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