A man of very humble beginnings, he overcame abject poverty and bettered himself through education, hard work and determination, giving his family more than he ever had. He served his country with honor for over 20 years in the US Army performing duties all over North and Southeast Asia, to include Vietnam. Afterwards, he finally retired from public service after another 20 years working for the state of Washington. He loved spectating boxing and was an avid runner, competing in marathons in Boston, Panama, Puerto Rico, Atlanta, Huntsville and also the Sound to Narrows run. He was a Red Cross volunteer, and worked with under privileged children. Blas also was active in the hispanic community hoping to help others live a better life. He endeavored to help find closure for families with members missing in action in Vietnam. Even while suffering from his illnesses, he volunteered his time and remaining energy at Allenmore Hospital.
Blas is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Sun, eldest daughter Patricia and her husband Chris, son Patrick and his wife Natsumi, their daughters Elly and Emina, youngest daughter Roxane, Josh, and his dog Ruffy. Also surviving is his mother Nicolasa and many family members residing in his hometown of Port Isabel, TX and relatives throughout South Korea.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 11:00am – 6:00pm @ Hill Funeral Home, 217 E. Pioneer Ave. Puyallup, WA 98372
Funeral Mass – Thursday, January 23, 2014, 8:45am @ St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 757 138th St. S. Tacoma, WA 98444
A procession will follow Funeral Mass to Tahoma National Cemetery for final prayers & military honors @11:15am