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Joesph Wallis Blake

Mar. 13, 1928 - Feb. 22, 2024

Joe passed away on the evening of February 22 at the age of 95, with Rose his wife of 72 years and their three children by his side. His spirit that night cheered on the WSU Cougar basketball team to a victory over 4th ranked Arizona followed by fireworks in the town and the horns of emergency vehicles, or perhaps it was all due to Joe's passing, you decide.

Joe was the youngest of six children and grew up on a poultry farm in Monroe, Washington. There he began his passion for dairy cows, raising and milking six Guernsey's. His love of all sports started at Sultan High School where he played f...


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