Alfred Alton Blue


Jan. 22, 2020 — Alfred Alton Blue was born Feb. 23, 1931, in Hotchkiss, Colo., to Mollie Griffin. He spent most of his early years with his mother and stepfather, Roy Blue, in Green River, Utah, on the farm. He attended Utah State University until he was called into the U.S. Navy, where he served in the Korean War from January 1951 until November 1954.

In November 1954, he married Claudia Weaver and they had six children: Michael, Lisa, Jennifer, David, Joanna and Elizabeth. They lived in California, where he continued his schooling and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Long Beach State College.

In 1969, Alfred and Claudia sadly were divorced. Eventually, he met Lynette Jenkins while attending school at Brigham Young University and they married in July 1971. They were blessed with three children: Melissa, Jonathan and Timothy.

They began their life together in Utah but, after 15 years, moved to Bellevue, Wash. While there, Alfred earned a Master of Arts degree in psychology at Antioch University in Seattle. He also earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Holistic Nutrition from Clayton College located in Birmingham, Ala. 

In 2005, after retiring as an insurance claims adjuster — a job he held much of his life — he moved with this wife to Florence, Ore. He was a very intelligent man and also very kind and often entertaining. For years, he also did a lot of singing, sounding very much like Bing Crosby. In fact, he was often called “Der Bingle.”

The past two years he has had a few health issues that definitely slowed him down. He passed away very quickly and peacefully at home Jan. 15, 2020.

He will be missed but we will see him again.

Services are Wednesday at 11 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

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