Carol Cluff Blake was born February 10, 1927 to Leo and Opal Cluff in the little town of Pima, Arizona—right across the street from her future husband, Kent Anderson Blake. Carol married Kent on January 30, 1946 in the Mesa Arizona temple three days after he returned from serving in the Air Force during WWII. They both attended the University of Arizona. Carol graduated with distinction with a degree in Home Economics. She taught junior high for a couple of years then devoted her life to nurturing and loving her husband and their six children. Carol and Kent raised their family in Phoenix and Mesa and retired in Gilbert in 1996.
Carol was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She held many callings and particularly loved being a guide patrol leader (scouting), being a family history consultant, and serving a senior mission with Kent in Nauvoo. Carol went above and beyond in everything she did. She was passionate about physical activity. She loved fishing, hiking, biking, skiing, playing tennis, and mowing the lawn. She continued many of these activities into her late 70’s.
After a feisty decline, Carol passed away peacefully in her home in Gilbert, Arizona on July 10, 2017. Carol was proceeded in death by her parents Leo and Opal Cluff, her brothers Darell and Doyle Cluff, and a daughter-in-law, Jeannie Reynolds Blake. She is survived by her sweetheart and husband of 71 years, Kent, and their six children: Ronald (Marcia) Blake, Michael (Alison) Blake, Tracy Blake, Melinda (Gordon) Jennings, Amy (Steve) Hardison, Jeni (Dick) Jones, 19 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
A visitation will be held Monday, July 17, 2017 from 6-8 PM, at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona. Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 10 AM, preceded by a visitation at 9 AM, at the LDS Lakeside Ward, 1005 N. Voyager Drive, Gilbert, Arizona.