Obituary: Clifford Anthony Blank

Clifford Anthony Blank (‘Tony”) passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 10, 2012 after struggling for several years with mesothelioma. He was born on April 5, 1949 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Clifford L. and Nanette Blank and was the eldest of five children. The family moved to San Juan Capistrano in 1965, where he lived until graduating from San Clemente High School. He went on to serve in the military as a member of the Army Band, stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska. He later moved to Kauai where he lived for many years, spent the latter part of his life in the San Diego area and finally moved back to South Orange County to be near family as his health declined. Cliff loved music, was an accomplished pianist and composer, and was active in the music scene in San Diego for many years. He is survived by his loyal friend Beth Crawford, father Clifford L. Blank, brothers Marty, Barry and Daniel Blank and their families, and sister Shelley Bachelder and her family. No public services will be held.

One Response to “Obituary: Clifford Anthony Blank”

  1. John
    December 28, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    This nonsense has been going on since the 1990′s, and every round of scarhloship reductions happens dis-proportionally to male sports. I remember a debate I once saw on ESPN’s show Outside the Lines ( Hosted by one of the handful of real journalists left at ESPN, Bob Ley ) and in it the hardcore Title IX supporters were whining about men’s football and basketball receiving “preferential treatment” from universities and using this obvious fact to argue that that was the reason that less popular men’s sports like gymnastics and wrestling were hacked to pieces and not the draconian Title IX edicts from government educrats.Well needless to say about half the program was spent discussing this imaginary issue until a former college men’s gymnastics coach who was of Asian American ancestry pointed out that over 70% of the men’s programs killed by Title IX up until that time were in fact at non-Division I schools, schools that very rarely have big money men’s football and basketball programs. This inconvenient fact though almost never sees the light of day because it is considered you guessed it, politically incorrect.

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