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Late Littlefield superintendent leaves behind special legacy

LITTLEFIELD, TX (KCBD) - The month of July began on a somber note for the community of Littlefield with the passing of Littlefield Superintendent Jerry Blakely due to a sudden illness.

Blakely served the school district for 43 years. Many who walked the halls of any Littlefield school will agree Blakely left behind a special legacy.

"He was a man of integrity and honesty and I think he loved Littlefield ISD and he loved his family more than anything," Assistant Superintendent Kay Franklin said.

To hear Franklin talk about her late boss, you would think she was talking about her best friend.

"He was just a special person," Franklin said.

Like so many in Littlefield, Franklin says she has nothing but good things to say about Mr. Blakely, who passed away on July 1.

"He was a mentor, and he just demanded and expected the best of all of us," Franklin said.

As Superintendent, everyone agrees Blakely approached his duties like a football coach. Afterall, those were his roots.

Blakely came to Littlefield in 1970 as the head football coach for the Wildcats. It was a job he deeply loved. He won several coaching awards and even took his team to a state championship.

In 1986, he became superintendent, which was the role he held until he passed away.

Franklin says Blakely used his skills as a coach to help in his management of the Superintendent role.

She says he wanted and expected to win.

"He made us think we could win, whether it was in the classroom or on the field, he made everyone think that they could win," Franklin said.

Blakely leaves behind his wife of 55 years and three adult children. He was laid to rest in Littlefield earlier this month.

His family has requested that any memorials be made to the Littlefield High School Scholarship Fund.

For more information, visit: http://www.littlefield.k12.tx.us/.

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