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CAPT Steven H. Blaisdell

October 4, 1960January 4, 2020

CAPT Steven H. (Steve) Blaisdell died peacefully on January 4, 2020 after a long illness. While CAPT Blaisdell had many great accomplishments in his military life, what he loved most was spending time with Debbie and the boys, talking all things Auburn and spending time on their farm whenever possible. CAPT Blaisdell was born in Atlanta, Georgia to Alan and Patricia Blaisdell. He attended Auburn University where he graduated with a degree in Finance. Upon graduation, he entered Aviation Officers Candidate School and received his commission as an Ensign in the US Navy. He then completed flight school and began a 30-year career as a Naval Aviator flying the SH-60B Seahawk helicopter as well as the C-12 King Air. Throughout his career, he completed 5 deployments to the Mediterranean Sea, Arabian Gulf, and Pacific Ocean. In addition to his flying assignments, CAPT Blaisdell was the Commanding Officer of the HSL-48 Vipers in Mayport, Florida and Commanding Officer of Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, Cuba. CAPT Blaisdell had numerous citations and commendations including an Air Medal and Legion of Merit Medal. He also received his Masters degree in Financial Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, California. CAPT Blaisdell is survived by wife of 33 years, Debbie as well as his sons, Steven Jr. of Jacksonville, Florida and Jeffrey (Mariah) of Roseville, California. He is predeceased by his father Alan and survived by his mother, Patricia as well as brothers, Alan (Sandra) and Randy (Sherri). Services will be held at Chets Creek Church, Hodges Blvd Campus, on Friday, January 10th at 11am. Interment, with military honors, will be held in the Jacksonville National Cemetery, on Friday, January 10th at 9:30am. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in CAPT Blaisdell’s memory online at K9sforwarriors.org. Arrangements are under the direction of HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, Jacksonville Beach, FL.


  • Graveside Service

    Friday, January 10, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, January 10, 2020


CAPT Steven H. Blaisdell

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Ray Hammonds

January 16, 2020

I served under Captain Blaisdell down in GTMO. In fact he was my guest speaker at my retirement ceremony in 2010. The Skipper was a great leader and a fair one. He was also one heck of a runner. I was a pretty good runner but he could leave me and just about everyone else in his wake. A Skipper who led from the front, whether it was at a command PT or flying the C-12. It was my honor to have known him! Rest in Peace Skipper.

ETC(AW/PJ)ret Ray Hammonds

Jerry Willingham

January 16, 2020

Prayers for Debbie and the boys. CAPT Blaisdell was among the kindest, most mindful, patient, and competent Officers with whom I ever served. Every time we met, I learned something new or gained a perspective I had not considered. Scholarly in all things but remained approachable, grounded, and funny. I can't thank you enough for the example you provided especially in tough times. I have no doubt we will meet each other again, until then, I will put into practice the many lessons you taught me in our time at GTMO.
God Bless,

Bill Chubb

January 15, 2020

I met Steve when we were in AOCS Pensacola FL in late 1984. He was squared away and one of our drill instructor’s favorite. He was such a tremendous athlete and I knew he would go on to terrific career.
RIP He is so fondly relented by his classmates.
Bill Chubb , CAPT Ret.
AOCS 01-85

Lilly Garland

January 15, 2020

My deepest sympathies to CAPT Blaisdell’s family. I worked with him as the HRO director during my tour in GTMO. He treated the civilian workforce with dignity and respect . He was a kind person and treated everyone fairly. He will be missed.

Todd Cook

January 15, 2020

My condolences to you all. Steve was the Commanding Officer at GTMO while I was stationed there as the Supervisory Special Agent for NCIS. He is one of the finest gentleman and Naval Officers with whom I have ever worked. He was a consummate professional in all situations no matter the issue. His time at GTMO was difficult being stationed away from his loving family as he talked of you all every chance he had.

During our time working together Steve encountered several professional issues, any one of which would be tough to handle and was able to provide a firm but fair evaluation and outcome. He did so with highest level of integrity I have ever witnessed.

I'll never forget one evening around 2100 when he knocked on the door of my house and asked if we could speak privately. After about an hour he left in much better spirits than when he had arrived. It has always meant so much to me that Steve trusted me, a civilian AND NCIS Special Agent, with several issues he was handling. Having the greatest respect for him as a friend and US Naval Officer, the fact he opened up to me was a very moving/emotional event in my life. I'm sure if there is a helicopter in heaven, and I hope there is, he is flying around looking down on us keeping watch. The Lord blessed me by allowing Steve to enter my life and I am truly a better person for having known him.

As his family you should be extremely proud of all he accomplished. He will be greatly missed.

Buzz Howard

January 10, 2020

Debbie I am very sorry to hear about Steven's passing and my thoughts go out to you and the boys. All the best to all of you and may God bless each of you.

Buzz Howard

Patricia Hinton

January 10, 2020

My sincerest condolences to the family. I had the honor and privilege of meeting Captain Blaisdell during my tour in Guantánamo Bay Cuba. Even though I worked for a tenant command and only saw him occasionally in meetings, he always remembered my name and took time to speak when he saw me. That spoke volumes about his character. Rest In Peace Sir.

Diane Stukes

January 7, 2020

My most sincere condolences to Mrs. Blaisdell and family. It was an honor for me seeing CAPT Blaisdell at my retirement luncheon from Federal service, CNRSE, February 2013. Deepest sympathy, and praying for your heavy grieving hearts at this time.

Cliff McGlamry

January 7, 2020

Sorry for your loss Debbie. My condolences to you and your family.

I met your husband when we were both in Pensacola. He graduated from AOCS a week or so ahead of me. I remember at the time him asking me if I knew you.

Deanna Fenwick

January 6, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss, Debbie. He was a special man and the two of you shared a very special relationship. Praying for peace over your family. Much love, Billy and Dee Dee Fenwick


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