Jean E Blaisdell
December 23, 1940 – February 21, 2021
Jean Elizabeth Blaisdell passed away on 21 February 2021 after a long battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis. She was preceded in death by her parents, William E. Allison and Blanche M. Allison of Topeka Kansas. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, USAF Col. (Ret.) Michael P. Blaisdell and her daughters, Allison Gammon, Elizabeth Creamer and Lori Blaisdell and grandchildren Michael Hooper, Ashley Hooper, Andrew Creamer, Daniel Creamer, Sean Creamer, and Foster Patton, great grandson Auggie Creamer plus step grand-daughters Celina Barber, Cailie Duncan, and Chalyce Gammon and step-great grandchildren Brooklyn, Stella, Ellie and Riverly Barber and Adalyn, Gracelyn and Truett Duncan.
Jean was born on 23 December, 1940 in Garden City Kansas. She graduated from Topeka High School in 1958 and from Washburn University in 1962. After graduation, she married Michael “Rip” Blaisdell and began life as an Air Force bride and elementary school teacher, traveling the world and living in interesting places such as England, Okinawa, Nevada, Florida, Hawaii, South Korea and the Air Force Academy.
She was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority, Ikebana International, and the Colorado Springs Garden Club and was a very active volunteer in Firewise activities in Colorado. After the Hayman Fire, Jean organized an effort to certify a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) for Ridgewood Subdivision in Teller County. It was one of the first CWPPs approved in the state.
Jean was an accomplished artist, gardener and cook. She loved nurturing plants, dogs, birds and especially kids. She loved life and improved the lives of everyone around her; family, friends and associates. She will be missed.
An internment service and celebration of life will be held at the Air Force Academy at a date to be determined, probably in the summer of 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Coalition of the Upper South Platte (CUSP), P.O. Box 726, Lake George, CO, 80827.