American Heritage Funeral Home

10710 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, TX


Donald James Blake

August 5, 1939July 25, 2019
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Donald James Blake, of Humble, Texas, entered into rest on July 25, 2019, just shy of his 80th birthday. He was surrounded by his loving family as he peacefully passed away. Don was born on August 5, 1939 in Lima, Ohio to parents Marion Scott Blake and Thelma Anna Mae Blake.

Don heard the call to duty right after graduating high school, and enlisted in the United States Navy to protect his country. Following his military service, he went on to pursue a career in the steel industry setting up and supervising the steel plants throughout the East Coast from Pittsburgh to Illinois to Texas. Throughout the years, he worked for Texas Electric Steel Casting Company in Houston, Texas, K.O. Steel in San Antonio, Texas, American International Manufacturing Company in Fort Worth, Texas, Alliance Casting in Alliance, Ohio, and Southwest Steel in Longview, Texas. Don was dedicated to his work and remained passionate about it even after he retired from his full-time position, and chose to continue helping as a consultant whenever he was available.

He enjoyed playing golf and, upon retiring, bought a home on the third tee of a golf course in Humble, Texas. Don joined his friends Bill, Larry, Bob, Henry, Bruce, and Lee to form the Senior Men’s Golf Association, and together they participated in tournaments throughout Texas and Louisiana. He was fond of all sports – football, baseball, basketball, tennis – and was a devoted fan of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football Team. Don had a great fondness for animals that came second only to the love he had for his “Jo Annie.” She was his princess, and he was her hero.

Don is survived by Jo Ann Blake, his loving wife of 32 years; his children, Tammy Sheneman and husband Ray, Craig Blake, Pamela Blake, Donald Blake Jr., Teri Nelson, Brenda Sternthal and husband Rich, Renee’ Sanders and husband Gene; 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; sisters Judy Flinn and Jean Shaffer. He is preceded in death by his father Marion Scott Blake, step mother Lucille Blake, mother Thelma Anna Mae Blake, and brother Doug Blake.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Don’s honor on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. inside the Chapel of American Heritage Funeral Home, 10710 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77038.


  • Celebration of Life Friday, August 16, 2019


Donald James Blake

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August 7, 2019

Dear Brother of mine: How can I pick one memory? As the oldest it was my job to be with you and sis always ( like a sitter). I do call to mind the first Sunday Jeanie and I took you to church with us- you were about 3 years old. However once church was over, you balked at walking home, insisted in looking in windows and playing, so we left you where you were and we went home. Once there, the folks were rather unhappy with us, and took off looking for you.
Dad found you sitting on the sidewalk, crying and WE two were read the riot act- but we were young and were never allowed to walk from church with you again. D.J., I will always miss you and your smile, your sense of humor, your love. See you soon!!!!!
Love sis, JUDY

Tammy Sheneman

August 3, 2019

Dad, The spagetti cooking all day, the constant smell of burnt popcorn! I will miss your face, your voice. Have fun playing golf in heaven. Always in my heart! Love ya

Sheryl Roe

July 31, 2019

I will miss our weekly Wednesday night dinners. I will even miss the nights it was his turn to drive to dinner and I would be grabbing the door handle, just waiting to pick off another mailbox or turn too close in front of someone. I will also miss his driving past our house in his golf cart waving at me. Rest in Peace Don!

Britney Alexander

July 30, 2019

Grandad, we will miss you. I’ll never forget watching in amazement as you did a jack knife dive off the diving board when we were little. I am so saddened to think this Saturday we were supposed to be celebrating your 80th bday WITH YOU. However, I am thankful that my babies(his great grandkids) got to know and love you. Rest In Peace Grandad. We love you.

Walt Albright

July 30, 2019

Don has left us with so many memories it is hard to pick just one. We laughed a lot together but we were real serious when it came to making short putts even the gimmes. He was always fun to be with and never complained even when his back was hurting. He will be missed by everyone and I will miss his smile and all he did for all of us golfers.
God bless him and his family.