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John Francis Blank

October 27, 1959 ~ August 10, 2018 (age 58)

John Francis Blank, 58, passed away Friday, August 10, 2018, at the WMHS Regional Medical Center, surrounded by his family.

Born on October 27, 1959, in Cleveland, OH, he was the son of the late Elmer F and Helen M. (Harden) Blank. 

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his sister Michelle Blank.

John grew up in his home town of Mt. Savage where he was a member of St. George’s Episcopal Church.  He graduated from Mt. Savage High School in 1977.  He worked as a Senior Inspector at Alpha Corporation where his proudest achievement there was to be the senior inspector for the Flight 93 Memorial Project in Shanksville, PA.  His main duties were to oversee and be a liaison to the National Park Service for the work of roadways, the memorial wall, sacred grounds and all the landscaping for the site.

Prior to this, he had worked for construction firms Morgan Keller, Baulfour Beatty and C & M Construction.  He oversaw work at Fort Lee Army Base, and two phases of construction at the North Branch Correctional Institute. Other local projects were Pullen Hall remodeling and overseeing the construction of the new Frostburg Library.  He loved his work as much as his family.  His passion for both shown through.  He and his father shared the same line of work and brought Johnny much joy and pride during the hours spent with his father discussing different projects together. 

Surviving are his wife of 33 years, Jean Blank; daughters, Bridget Barney and husband Josh of Pooler, GA, Reyna Blank Keller and husband Harry of Point Mugu, CA; sons, Michael Blank of Cumberland and John David Blank and wife Shell of Sonora, KY; grandchildren, Kyra Blank, Joseph Blank and Aniyah Barney; brothers, David Blank and Kenneth Blank; sister, Wendy Clements of Mt. Savage; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends and family will be received at Durst Funeral Home P.A., 57 Frost Avenue, Frostburg, MD on Friday, August 17, 2018, from 4-7 pm.


Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at St. George’s Episcopal Church, in Mount Savage, at 11 am with The Rev. Rosalie Richards officiating.

Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.

Johnny was full of life and never met a stranger.  His love for life, family and friends was his life.  He now only wants to be remembered for that and the joyful times of his life.

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