Arthur Warlick Blankenship


This human dynamo was born on March 2, 1929, in Venice, Calif. under the zodiac sign of Pisces the fish. He lived up to his sign and became a great fisherman; not only of Salmonidae but of people, too.

At age 89, after a long and beautiful life, the Lord called Arthur Warlick Blankenship Junior home. He died peacefully in Auburn, Calif. on Sept. 23, 2018. He was the oldest of three children born to Arthur and Senta Blankenship. Art grew up in Los Angeles when hunting rabbits was not only legal but was a necessity to put food on the table.

On Aug. 14, 1947, Art married the love of his life, Betty Ann Truitt. They settled in Studio City and started a family. Art wanted to try his hand at ranching and raise the children in the country, in 1951 they moved north, making Auburn their home for 17 years.

Through hard work and promotions Art advanced through painter and building trade positions at Dewitt State Hospital, and in 1968 he was promoted to Chief of Plant Operations and moved to Atascadero, Calif. At Atascadero State Hospital, Art promoted again to Chief of Plant Operations III and enjoyed working with many skilled tradespersons and staff while helping to keep the Hospital Operations running efficiently. Art retired at age 62, and during his retirement celebration, the staff honored his years of service by dedicating a park, adjacent to the Hospital, in his name.

In 2000 with adventure once again in their hearts, Art and Betty decided to buy a lakefront lot near Chester, Calif. They were active members of the United Methodist Church in Chester and enjoyed working with the congregation to help serve the community. After a long and happy marriage of 62 years, Betty passed away in October 2008.

In 2011, Art married Nancie Cleary, also a member of the United Methodist Church in Chester.

Art’s family and friends will miss him, but his love, generosity, encouragement, and positive energy will never leave those of us he touched in a very personal and compassionate way. Art was also predeceased by his sister Lena Senta, and brother Robert Lee. He is survived by his second wife Nancie, his daughter and husband Nancy and Randy Rowland, and three sons and their wives: Rick and Kathy, Randy and Rhoda, and Dan and Barbara. He was also blessed with 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Chester, Calif.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Art’s name may be made to The Chester Food Bank or Lake Almanor Fishing Association.

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