Dr. William C. Blamer

November 8, 1921August 12, 2013

BLAMER, Dr. William C. (Bill) – of Higgins Lake and Flint, age 91, passed away Monday, August 12, 2013 at Genesys Hospice. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Woodside Church, 1509 E. Court Street, Flint, MI. Burial at Gerrish Township Cemetery, Roscommon, MI. Visitation 5-8 p.m. Thursday and 3-7 p.m. Friday at the Brown Funeral Home, 1480 E. Hill Road, Grand Blanc, MI and 9-10 a.m. Saturday at church. Dr. Blamer was born November 8, 1921 in Atlanta, Michigan the son of the late Claude and Violet Blamer. While a student at Central Michigan University Bill was called to active duty and served with the 3rd Army in Europe during WWII, earning four battle stars on his European Theatre Medal and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. He held the rank of Captain when discharged from the Army and was promoted to Major while serving in the Army Reserve. While still in the service he married his college sweetheart Bernice of Oxford, MI. Six months after leaving the service Bill was hired as a business teacher and basketball coach at Flint Technical High School. Dr. Blamer took a position with Flint Junior College (now Mott Community College) as basketball coach where his teams posted a 148-44 record winning five state and three regional championships. In 1962 Flint advanced to the Final Eight and in 1961 went to the Final Four in the National Junior College Basketball Tournament. For his accomplishments as a basketball coach he was inducted into the Greater Flint Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. After coaching for eight years at Flint JC he was appointed Athletic Director and Chairman of the Health and Physical Education Department. Dr. Blamer later served in several administration positions at the college retiring as vice president for Academic Affairs. Dr. Blamer was active in both professional and civic organizations serving several terms as the President of the Michigan Junior College Athletic Association and as Director of Region XII (Michigan, Indiana and Ohio) of the N.J.C.A.A. He also served one term as President of the Michigan Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Dr. Blamer was a founding member of the Bruin Club and the Greater Flint Area Sports Hall of Fame and was the original Director of Region XIII of the Michigan Special Olympics. He was also a member of the original Michigan Council for Physical Fitness and Health and the Holloway Reservoir Advisory Committee and many other committees. Survivors include: his 3 children, Claudia Cameron of Fenton (who is a retired school teacher), Robert Blamer and wife Carrie of Whitmore Lake, MI, Richard Blamer and wife Charlene of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; daughter-in-law, Theresa Blamer; grandchildren, Marlo Peck and husband Craig, Ellen Berglund and husband William, Kevin Blamer and wife Kelli, Danielle Little and husband Mike, Megan Harris and husband Rob, and Emily Pittman and husband LaQuan; great-grandchildren, Charley, James and Sam Peck, Will, Joe, Andy and Henry Berglund, Avery Little, Courtney and Kaitlin Blamer. Dr. Blamer was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice, his son, William E. Blamer, and his brothers, Robert and Homer Blamer. Those desiring may make contributions to the Bernice and Bill Blamer Scholarship Fund at Woodside Church or to the Bill and Bernie Student Aid Fund of the Foundation for Mott Community College or to a charity of their choice. Share your condolences with the family at BROWN FUNERAL HOME


  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 17, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, August 15, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, August 16, 2013
  • Visitation at Church Saturday, August 17, 2013

Dr. William C. Blamer

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August 21, 2013

I have many fond memories of my relationship with my great friend and colleague, Dr. Blamer......he was my mentor and supporter for 28 years while at entire family recalls our great times together in Indian Guides, with his entire family at Higgins Lake, and with the PE staff and others at all of the after MCC game parties....He was a wonderful man, someone you could always trust to give you his best thinking, and a man of his word.......a great teacher and administrator at MCC for many years.....he will always be remembered for his contributions to the college, the community, and the entire country!!!!! He will be missed!!!!!! Howard Hughes

August 17, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time of loss of such a great man. Bill will certainly be missed and lovingly remembered for all of his many great accomplishments. All of your family can be proud of both of your parents as they were wonderful people. Love, Jim Mason, Woodside Church

Paul Blanchard

August 17, 2013

I met Coach Blamer as a Flint Junior College freshman when I took a golf class from him in 1961. I followed his stellar career after I left Michigan in 1967 and spent the next 40 years in higher education, mostly in Kentucky. I did have an opportunity to visit with him during this time. His coaching accomplishments at FJC and Mott CC were superlative but I was also impressed by his academic career, earning a doctorate and eventually becoming V.P. for Academic Affairs at Mott, the top academic position at the college. Throughout his career his was a gentleman of the highest order.

Annette Wallrath-Ryckman

August 16, 2013

Mr. Blamer was my bookkeeping teacher at Flint Tech. He signed on as a coach at Flint J.C./Mott C.C. the same year I went there as a student. Mr. Blamer was my late husband's and my customer when we owned Higgins Lake Hardware. Dr. Blamer and his wife attended many of our '56 Flint Tech reunions held in Grand Blanc. He will be fondly remembered by so many of us.

Fred & Cathy Kasten

August 16, 2013

Our condolences to the entire Blamer family.

Dolores Goss

August 16, 2013

"I graduated mid-year 1954 from Flint Tech, and remember Mr. Blamer very well as a kind and caring teacher. He was so loved by all of us who were blessed to have him as our teacher. Sending love and condolences to his family."
Dolores (Fittante) Goss

Jerry Parr

August 16, 2013

My condolences to the Blamer family,
I'll always remember Dr. Blamer as a real down to earth guy with a great sense of humor.A true gentleman.

Jim Vlaz

August 16, 2013

I remember him as one of the outstanding teachers, individuals and coaches from my days at Flint Tech. His family must be very proud and fortunate to have had him for so many years.

Sam Ragnone

August 15, 2013

Dr. Blamer,

Was such a wonderful man. He helped so many people. I remember him from my days at Flint JC. Serving with him on the Bruin Club and working wih him on other fund raising activities, was such a pleasure. I will keep Dr Blamer and his family in my prayers. May God Bless him and all of you.

Mary Lou and Joe Sullivan

August 15, 2013

Joe and I have so many wonderful memories of Dr. Blamer. We worked with him at Mott Community College for many years and he was always kind and friendly to our students, as well as the many staff members he worked with. He will be missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.