Chester Franklin "Jack" Blanton
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Jack Blanton
Carrollton Texas Mayor from 1946 - 1948

 

OBITUARY

Former State Legislator and Carrollton Mayor

In 1955, Jack Blanton graduated from Southern Methodist University with a bachelor's degree in history and government - 17 years after he started.

His understanding of the importance of higher education led him as a state representative to propose a bill in 1969 that established the University of Texas in Dallas.

"That was his greatest love," said his wife, Marian Blanton, of Carrollton. "He just felt a need for it."

Mr. Blanton, 81, died Saturday at Medical City Dallas Hospital after battling several illnesses.

Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Furneaux Cemetery in Carrollton. A memorial service will follow at 3:30 p.m. at Holy Covenant United Methodist Church, 1901 E. Peters Colony Road, Carrollton.

A world war, a stint in journalism and two years as mayor of Carrollton kept Mr. Blanton from finishing college on time. But he persevered.

"When you dig down into your jeans and pay for it yourself, it's surprising how much more you get out of it," Mr. Blanton told The Dallas Morning News in 1955.

He was born Jan. 29, 1921, in Shawnee, Kan.; his family moved to Carrollton in 1931. He graduated from Carrollton High School in 1938 before starting at SMU.

World War II took Mr. Blanton from school and into the workforce. He built airstrips for the war effort. He married his childhood sweetheart, Marian Good, in 1942.

A lifelong Democrat, Mr. Blanton's political career began as Carrollton's mayor for two terms from 1946-48. He ran unsuccessfully in 1964 for Dallas County commissioner. Two years later, he was elected to the Texas Legislature for Place 13 for Dallas County, where he served three terms.

In 1972 and 1973, he lost races for the Legislature.

He worked for many years in the family business, the Blanton Grain Co., as well as on the family farm. He worked for Lone Star Gas while he finished college. He served as editor for the Carrollton Chronicle, a weekly newspaper and later for the Carrollton Star. He helped found the First National Bank in Carrollton, where he served as chairman of the board.

The couple lived for a time in Blanco, Texas, before moving back to Carrollton in 1992.

Mr. Blanton was an active member of Holy Covenant United Methodist Church, and the Carrollton and James A. Smith Masonic lodges. He was a Boy Scout leader, member of the Red Cross and president of the Carrollton/Farmers Branch Rotary club.

Besides his wife, Mr. Blanton is survived by his daughters Joan Wood of Houston and Mary Watts of Carrollton; sister Betty Sumner of Carrollton; brother Bill Blanton of Carrollton; and six grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, P.O. Box 199300, Dallas, TX 75219-9842; or Holy Covenant United Methodist Church, 1901 E. Peters Colony Road, Carrollton, TX 75007.
 

The Dallas Morning News, - October 14, 2002
Author: HOLLY WARREN, Staff Writer

Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams

BLANTON, JACK C. F. (1921~2002) Jack Blanton, former member of the Texas House of Representatives from Carrollton, passed away in his sleep on Saturday, October 12, 2002, after battling several illnesses. Born in 1921 in Shawnee, Kansas, he moved with his family to Carrollton in 1931 and graduated from Carrollton High School. In 1942, he married his childhood sweetheart, Marian Jackson Good. During World War II, he was employed by Texas Bitulithic, building airstrips for the war effort. A lifelong Democrat and United Methodist, Jack was elected the youngest mayor of Carrollton at the age of 25. After graduating from Southern Methodist University in 1955, he served three terms in the Texas State Legislature (1967-1972), during which time he successfully sponsored legislation for handicap accessibility and the establishment of the University of Texas at Dallas. He went on to serve as Legislative Liaison for the Texas Department of Human Services. In his long and active life, Jack was a farmer, a rancher, Editor-in-Chief of the Carrollton Chronicle, a sportsman, founder of First National Bank of Carrollton, manager of Lone Star Gas, Boy Scout leader, co-owner of the Blanton Grain Company, a 32nd Degree KCCH, and a member of the Carrollton and James A. Smith Masonic Lodges, President of Carrollton/Farmers Branch Rotary, and a member of the Red Cross, COSERVE, and Holy Covenant United Methodist Church. Later in his life, his love of family and genealogy took him all over Texas. He visited and photographed every courthouse in the state. Representative Blanton will not be buried in the Texas State Cemetery. His body will be laid to rest in the Furneaux Cemetery in Carrollton.

Information taken from obituary, Austin American-Statesman, October 14, 2002
 

 


Marian Blanton - September 8, 1921 - BLANK
Jack C. F. Blanton - January 29, 1921 - October 10, 2002

Furneaux Cemetery, Carrollton, Denton County, Texas
 

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