Donald Roy "Don" Blalock, Sr. died peacefully at Memorial City Health and Rehabilitation Center in Houston, Texas on Monday, August 27, 2018 at the age of 87. He is survived by his son Donald R. Blalock, Jr. of North Palm Beach, Florida, his daughter Donna R. (Blalock) Kelce of Orlando, Florida, and James Blalock of Shanghai. He is also survived by his grandchildren Jason Daniel Kelce of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Travis Michael Kelce of Kansas City, Missouri.
Don was born on August 25, 1931 in Cleveland, Ohio to Roy Percy Blalock and Helen Henrietta (Saunders) Blalock. He graduated from East Tech High School in 1950 and had 3 years of college at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio and Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He was married several times in his life.
Don worked most recently at Walmart in Houston, Texas in electronics and as a greeter until 2016. He also worked for Kohlman/Athey Division in Sioux Falls, South Dakota from 1984 to 1992, was President and CEO of Western Reserve Group Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio from 1981-1984, was the Director of Contract Management at Combustion Engineering, Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio from 1973 to 1981, was the District Sales Manager for Jeffrey Manufacturing Co. in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio from 1965-1973, and was a Contract Engineer for McDowell Wellman Engineering Co, from 1960-1965. Don spent 10 years in the Soviet Union while on business assignments and was a successful negotiator while in charge of P & L responsibilities. Many of the projects he managed were multi-million dollar contracts and were profitable for the firms he was employed with.
In keeping with Don's wishes, no formal services will be held, but his life will be celebrated by family and friends and his memory will live on always.