OBITUARY

Milton Thomas Blanton

March 14, 1927March 6, 2018
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Milton Thomas “Tom” Blanton, 90, of Austin, Texas, passed away on the morning of Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at his home. Tom was born on March 14, 1927 in St. Jo, Texas to Loren Jeremiah Blanton and Mary Gertrude (Mullins) Blanton. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December of 1944 and was discharged in July of 1946 when he moved to Sherman, Texas and met Margaret Sue Davis. Within two months of meeting, they were married on May 15, 1948. Tom went to work for many years in many capacities for Anderson Clayton Company and Lone Star Steel. Tom retired shortly after moving with Sue to East Texas and they moved in 2005 to Austin to be closer to their family. Tom enjoyed gardening and spending time with his large and growing family.

Tom is survived by his wife Sue of Austin, Texas, his son Mark D. Blanton of Sugar Land, Texas, his son Christopher L. Blanton (Donna) of Bridgewater, New Jersey, his daughter Rebecca Martinez (George) of Austin, Texas, by his son Kevin W. Blanton (Nancy) of Medford, Massachusetts, his daughter Lisa Anderson (Curt) of Austin, Texas, and by eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M., Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home followed by a Celebration of Tom’s Life at 3:00 P.M. Interment will take place at a later date at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.

  • FAMILY

  • Sue Blanton, Wife
  • Loren Jeremiah Blanton, Father
  • Mary Gertrude (Mullins) Blanton, Mother
  • Mark D. Blanton, Son
  • Christopher L. Blanton, Son
  • Donna Blanton, Daughter-in-law
  • Rebecca Martinez, Daughter
  • George Martinez, Son-in-law
  • Kevin W. Blanton, Son
  • Nancy Blanton, Daughter-in-law
  • Lisa Anderson (Curt), Daughter
  • Milton also leaves behind eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, March 11, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, March 11, 2018
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, March 27, 2018
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Milton Thomas Blanton

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The Blanton Family

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Daisy Teague Blanton paternal grandmother

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Isaac Milton Blanton paternal grandfather

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Loran Jeremiah Blanton father

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Mary Gertrude Mullins mother

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Maternal grandmother Susie Marks Mullins, Betty Jo Blanton (sister), Margie Tolbert (cousin), Tom Blanton and baby Sydney Tolbert (cousin).

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7th grade Leonard High School @1940

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Elisted in the Navy

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U S Navy

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Up to No Good. Tom and two Navy buddies

Biography

Milton Thomas Blanton was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

       His parents were Loran Jeremiah Blanton and Mary Gertrude Mullins. Milton was raised in Leonard, Fannin county Texas. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Growing up in the Blanton household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Milton was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Milton was raised with one sibling. He had one younger sister Betty Jo. Milton was constantly involved in activities with his sister. Milton and his sibling may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Milton was always consistently loyal to his family.

      As a young child, Milton was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. Milton developed a variety of interests, though, and the things he enjoyed doing he did well. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. In his spare time he liked fishing in the water tank at the railroad depot. However, what Milton enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with his many friends.

      While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Milton as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Leonard High School in May of 1944. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Milton was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. Milton always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.

      College life brought with it a new set of challenges, but Milton handled them well. Being a critical thinker who always remained intellectually independent, Milton was able to focus on the task at hand in order to complete his class work. He seemed to thrive on college reading assignments, something that often bogged down his classmates. Milton was able to read the material and retain the information in a way that impressed his fellow classmates. The ability to efficiently complete the task at hand was a skill that served Milton well during his college experience. He almost earned a Bachelor of Science degree as a Math major and Psychology minor at SMU.

      On May 15, 1948 Milton exchanged wedding vows with Margaret Sue Davis at Sue's family home in Sherman, Texas. Compassionate and devoted to Sue, Milton held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to Sue and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy. They moved from Sherman to San Francisco soon after marrying.

      Milton was a Navy veteran. He enlisted in the Navy in January of 1945 at the age of 17 after graduating high school.Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Seaman 1st Class, Yoeman Striker. He received praise for his valor, including being awarded American area Victory Medal. A literal thinker who possessed a calm exterior, Milton seemed to enjoy the routines set forth by the military. His results-oriented approach to things made him committed to the job, and he understood well his role in serving his country. After his honorable discharge in July 1946 he went into the Naval Reserves until 1952.

      Milton brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Milton was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Milton was blessed with five children, three sons, Mark Davis, Chris Loran, and Kevin Warren, and two daughters, Rebecca and Lisa. They were also blessed with eight grandchildren, Isaac Thomas Martinez, Aaron Xavier Martinez, Anthony Paul Blanton, Amanda Christine Blanton, Emily Hickok Blanton, John Davis Blanton, Sarah Elizabeth Blanton and Chloe Victoria Blanton.

      Milton greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Milton enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Milton was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was traffic manager. He was employed for 25 years by Anderson Clayton Co in the Foods Division and for 10 years by Lone Star Steel Co. Milton worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Milton liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, Milton always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were reading and gardening. Milton was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Milton found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, he could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. He applauded those who won, and he enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find himself wrapped up in those details. Recreational sports included tennis. He would watch his favorite sporting events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were football.

      Milton was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. He was a member Richardson Baptist Church for 25 years. After moving to Austin he and Sue became members of Hyde Park Baptist Church. During that time, he was a Deacon and Sunday School teacher. He was a sympathetic man who valued his beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.

      Milton enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since he was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Milton appeared effortless. He enjoyed researching all of his examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where he traveled, Milton always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included camping at Pike's Peak in Colorado and in the Grand Tetons in Wyoming as well as trips to Los Angeles, California and to Maui, Hawaii to visit family.

      Milton was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Milton ’s favorites was Savannah, a German Shepherd. They were best friends for 15 years. His family was rounded out by his tabby cat Tigger.

      When Milton ’s retirement finally arrived in 1988, he was well prepared. He always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things he knew, so he was very confident in planning his retirement. He had begun the process early and had his retirement all laid out well in advance. His new life involved relocating to East Texas where he built a house by hand. They eventually spent winters there and summers in St Johnsberry, Vermont. They then moved to Charlottesville, Virginia and finally to Austin, Texas to be closer to family. In retirement, he found new pleasure in raising cattle and gardening. Even in retirement, Milton continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in his new community and felt fulfilled.

      Milton Thomas Blanton passed away on March 6, 2018 at his home in Austin, Texas. He died quietly in his sleep. He is survived by his wife Sue, sister Betty Jo Adams, his children Mark, Chris, Rebecca, Kevin and Lisa. Services were held at Cooke-Walden in Austin, Texas on August 11, 2018. Milton was laid to rest in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas August 27, 2018.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Milton Thomas Blanton. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.