Ronald G. Blake
April 11, 1947 – April 21, 2020
Ronald Glenn Blake was born on April 11, 1947 in Mobile, Alabama. After graduating from Murphy High School, he joined the Air Force and was trained as a Vietnamese linguist at the Defense Language Institute at the Presidio in Monterey, California. He served three and a half years and was honorably discharged as a sergeant. After his time in the Air Force he married Louise Wood of Los Gatos, California and attended college while working for Intel Corporation. He graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Mathematics. After graduation he went to work for IBM, working there for 33 years mostly as a developer and software architect. Ron, Louise, and their son Sam lived in Winchester, England for two years while Ron worked for IBM at Hursley. While there, during holidays, the whole family, including their son Ben, traveled in Europe. Ron enjoyed skiing and backpacking. He hiked segments of the Pacific Crest Trail from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney with his co-worker Jack Howe for several summers. Ron is survived by his wife, Louise, his two sons, Benjamin and Samuel, and his two granddaughters, Aurelia and Sylvia. A private memorial will be held for the family.
Ronald G. Blake
April 25, 2020
My deepest condolences to Louise and the family for the loss of a cherished friend and colleague. Ron and I worked together for many years, and I will remember his unflagging support, humor and optimism.
April 24, 2020
My heartfelt condolences...Ron was always ready to pitch in and help with work or just giving me an encouraging word. I will miss his smile though most of all.