In Memory

Arthur Frederick Blight - Class Of 1938

Arthur Frederick Blight

Art Blight passed away on February 6, 2004, at Sun City, Arizona.  He was 82.

After graduating from high school, he attended UCLA before volunteering for military service in WW II in the Army Air Corps.  He served as a meteorologist and was honorably discharged as a Captain.

After WW II, Art attended Cal Tech on the GI bill, earning a Master's degree.  He also played quarterback on the unheralded Cal Tech football team.

Art spent his working life mostly in the defense industry in California, living in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas.  He retired from the Lockheed Missile & Space Co. in 1978, after 20+ years with the company.  He was project manager on many phases in development of the Polaris and Poseidon submarine missiles.  He commuted to work in a little MG sports car that he loved, and later on a motorcycle that caused his wife Dorothy great apprehension.  At the time of his retirement, Art was working on the cutting edge of laser technology that became so valuable in the Iraq war some 25 years later.

In retirement, Art first moved to Grass Valley, where he built a home on 10 acres.  He enjoyed periodic visits from his grandkids, swimming and fishing in a pond he built on the property.  He joined the Lions Club and became a Shriner and participated in a number of their charitable activities.  He moved to Sun City West in 1988.

Music was Art's passion.  He could play the piano by ear.  He could hear a song one time and play it without sheet music.  He composed his own music as well as putting his own touch on many old and popular favorites.  He would on occasion perform at social events and entertain his family when they got together.

Art married Dorothy Cornell in 1942.  He had two sons; Clark who lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and Dale, who passed away in childhood.  Dorothy passed way in 1996.  He had three grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.