Calvin W Blackledge
May 30, 2007


Calvin Walker Blackledge, 78 of Tempe, AZ passed away on May 30, 2007. Known as "Blackie", he was born November 16, 1928 to Glen and Florence Blackledge in Morenci, Arizona. Graduated from the University of Arizona. Served in the Army as a paratrooper, followed by service in the Air Force and the Arizona Air National Guard as a fighter pilot flying F-104 Starfighters. Following his service with the Air Guard in Ramstein, Germany, he went to work as a pilot for Bonanza Airlines, later retiring from Northwest Airlines. Blackie's love of raising horses had him riding with the Verde Vaqueros, Ranchero Vistadores and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Mounted Posse. He is survived by his only daughter, Calon Blackledge; granddaughters Tara and Becca Hagman, brother Bill Blackledge and his wife Joyce of Tempe; nephew Larry Blackledge; nieces Cinda Saridakes and Valerie Silvia and a number of great nieces and nephews. He will be long remembered as a loving, devoted father and grandfather, and for his wonderful sense of humor. Memorial Services will be held at Adair Funeral Homes, Avalon Chapel, 8090 N. Northern Avenue, at 1:00 pm on Friday, June 15, 2007. In lieu of flowers donations in Blackie's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation 2420 N. Pantano Rd. Tucson, AZ 85715.