Nancee White Blockinger, a strong, amazing, and very special woman, passed away on October 19th. Born in Ogden, Utah to Mabel Barton White and Jay Vernon White, she spent her early youth in Nevada. She returned to Utah when she was about ten years old and later attended Davis High School in Kaysville, Utah. Nancee loved school and her Davis High classmates. She was a student body officer, drill instructor for the Pro Schola Club, member of the Rifle Team, Debate Team, and Dance Club. She went on to attend Utah State University in Logan, Utah. There, she joined Chi Omega Sorority, was in the Student Senate, and actively participated in the Air Force ROTC Sponsor Corps where she earned the rank of Major. One of her favorite memories was being on the Utah State White Rifle Drill Team when they won First Place at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC.
Nancee put herself through college working in the Alumni Office and the Sports Information Office at Utah State University. She was a spotter for the Aggie Radio Sports Announcer during basketball and football seasons. During her student summers, Nancee worked as a lifeguard and swimming instructor at Oakridge Country Club and at Lagoon; at her stepfather’s restaurant (Crossroads Inn); at the USU experimental farm and cannery; and for several retail establishments.
Nancee married Lieutenant JG Alvin F. (Bud) Blockinger, U.S. Navy, on October 3, 1964, in Newport News, Virginia. They were sealed in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on July 13, 1978. Nancee loved being a Navy wife and was a true partner throughout her husband’s Navy career. During this time, she served as the President of the Atlantic Coast Submarine Wives Club and studied at several universities around the country working on her MBA degree. She competed on the semi-pro tennis circuit playing for the Virginia Beach Tennis Club, and later, the Rhode Island traveling tennis team. Nancee also found great joy serving for several years as the tennis instructor and coach for the Special Olympics.
Bud served for 28 years in the Navy before his unexpected death in 1983, and held the rank of Captain, Admiral Selectee. As a young widow, Nancee spent many years as single mother and the family breadwinner. She worked on submarine weapons systems in a division of RCA; served as the Assistant Director of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University; and worked for U.S. Congressman James V. Hansen for 22 years, serving as his Chief of Staff for 17 years.
An active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Nancee served in many church callings throughout her life. She enjoyed traveling and visited more than twenty-five countries. An avid reader, Nancee read a new book nearly every month. She enjoyed various artistic pursuits, was a passionate animal lover, and a generous benefactor to many charities dear to her heart. Nancee was unwavering in her love of country and support of our military and veterans.
Nancee is preceded in death by her husband, Captain Alvin F. Blockinger, Jr., USN; mother, Mabel Barton White Scoffield; father, Jay Vernon White; brother-in-law, James R. Blockinger; sister-in-law, Patricia Blockinger; sister-in-law, Joyce White; and many beloved aunts and uncles.
Surviving family includes daughters Cynthia Blockinger Lake (Robert) and Debra Jane Blockinger; brother, Dr. Richard Jay White, DVM; grandchildren, Natalee Ann Ricktor (Matt) and David Allen Freemyer II (Rhea); great grandchildren, Elsa Belle Ricktor and Kaiper Leo Ricktor; and beloved nieces and nephews, Lori Blockinger Ference (Walter); Rick Blockinger (Michele); Sharon White Williams (Dale); Clayne White (April); Brad White; Susan White (Keith); and Rebecca White Findlay (Hugh).
There will be a graveside service in honor of Nancee on October 25th at 1:00 p.m. at Memorial Lakeview Cemetery, 1640 Lakeview Drive, Bountiful, Utah 84010. The service will be followed by a luncheon at the Centerville Utah LDS Stake Center at 950 N. Main Street, Centerville, UT 84014.
Cyndee and Debbie would like to thank all their family and friends who have given so much love and support during this difficult time.Service Information
October 25, 2022 at 1:00 PM
Memorial Lakeview Cemetery