About Francis E. Blake
Francis E. Blake (January 15, 1916 – November 25, 1993) was born in Payson, Arizona. His parents, Mark Allen and Grace Elinor Gladden Blake, were considered pioneers of Arizona. Mr. Blake attended various schools in Mesa, Chandler, Payson, Tolleson, and Tempe, and he graduated from Tempe High School in 1933. Mr. Blake attended Arizona Teachers College (now Arizona State University) and graduated in 1938. He began teaching in Parker in 1938, but left temporarily in 1941 to serve in the Army for four years. After his stint in the Army, he returned to Parker and taught until 1947. In 1947, he became the principal of Wallace Elementary School from 1947 – 1951. Francis served as the superintendent of Parker Elementary School District from 1951 to 1977. Blake Primary School was named in his honor. Mr. Blake was a charter member and past exalted ruler of BPO Elks Lodge #1929 in Parker. He was a member and former captain of the Chino Valley Mounted Sheriff’s Posse. He was also an active volunteer and founder of the Chino Valley Literacy program, and enjoyed writing poetry. Francis Blake was married to Margaret Ruth Blake and they had several children and stepchildren, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren that live throughout Arizona and California. After his passing, Mr. Blake was inducted into the Yuma County Educator's Hall of Fame to recognize his great contributions to the youth of La Paz County.