Philip T. Blazey
December 6, 1931 - March 21, 2017
Philip Thomas Blazey passed away peacefully on March 21, 2017 at the age of 85. He was born in New York City in 1931 to Frank and Anne Blazey. His father was in the military and he spent his childhood in New York, Massachusetts, San Francisco and San Antonio.
He knew heartache at an early age. His mother died when he was eleven. His father remarried Alice A. Christensen and his family expanded to include a beautiful step-sister, Gloria, who had two little girls, Alicia and Roxanne. “Uncle Phil” adored his nieces
and spent many hours entertaining them. He also loved cars and told stories about how he and his buddies, when he ran out of money for gas, would push his Ford Model A.
After graduating from Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio, he became an Aggie, obtaining his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M and master’s degree from Texas Tech in Petroleum Geology.
In 1967, he met Joanie and her two young daughters in Midland Texas. Phil and Joanie soon fell in love and married in 1968. They were soul mates, well suited to share the ups and down of life. Joanie shared his sense of adventure and shortly after their marriage
a job opportunity sent the family to Algiers, Algeria.
Phil spent his career working on exploration projects in the oil and gas industry both nationally and abroad. Because of the volatility of the oil market, he also acquired a teaching certificate and taught math and science in public schools when the oil market
was down. After retiring, he continued finding interesting job opportunities and enjoyed working into his early 80’s.
He modeled great life lessons about the sweetness of generosity, knowing you can always find another job that suits you, and taking time to enjoy passions and hobbies. He enjoyed teaching Sunday school, following his favorite sports teams, boating and water
skiing, playing on church softball leagues, trying to teach his family to play tennis and fiddling with computers.
His wife Joan Blazey preceded him in death. Two daughters, Dayna Blazey and son in law, Harry Miller of Austin, Texas and Sharon Wagner and son in law, Robert Wagner of Rowlett, Texas, survive him.
Arrangements are with Rest Haven Funeral Home in Rowlett, Texas. There will be a service for friends and family to celebrate his life at First UMC of Rowlett. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to: First United Methodist Church of Rowlett
Memorial Fund 4405 Main St., Rowlett, TX 75088.
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First United Methodist Church Rowlett
4405 Main Street
Rowlett, TX, US, 75088