Blakley, Gary

Gary Donald Blakley

March 29, 1941 - February 11, 2021

Gary Donald Blakley passed away peacefully at his home on February 11th 2021 from pancreatic cancer with his son’s and grandson by his side. Gary was born on March 29th 1941 in Ringling, Ok to June Rust and Bill Blakley. He graduated from Levelland High School in 1958 where he was a golden gloves recipient. After graduation, Gary attended Texas Tech University, graduating in 1962 with a degree in business. Gary began playing drums at the age of 14 leading to a successful career as a drummer in the 1970’s. During his career, Gary played with Buddy Holly, Janice Joplin, Roy Orbison, Waylon Jennings, and the Everly Brothers and in 1989, played a benefit concert in Austin Tx with Little Richard. He continued to play the drums up until his death.

Gary was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara, of almost 60 years who passed 10 months earlier; Brother-in-law, Bill Alexander, of Los Lunas, NM; sister, Bobbie; mother, June, and father, Bill.

He is survived by his sister, Jodee Alexander, of Los Lunas, NM; 3 children; daughter, Teri Rogers and husband Russell Rogers of Loveland Colorado, son, Lance Blakley and wife Sherry Yellin of Farmersville Tx, son, Shane Blakley and wife Kim Blakley of Plano, Tx; 4 grandchildren; grandson, Garrett Blakley and wife Miranda Blakley of Wylie, Tx; granddaughters, Hannah and Kealey Blakley of Plano Tx and Averi Blakley of Farmersville Tx; 2 great grandchildren, Tatum Blakley and Wesley Blakley of Wylie, TX; niece, April Alexander of Albuquerque, NM; nephew, Jake Alexander and wife Robin, of Los Lunas, NM; and numerous extended family, band mates and friends.

Celebration of life to be scheduled at a later date.

He most certainly will be missed!

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Gary and I had become friends after leasing a car from him at Hendrick VW in Frisco in 2013. Used to stop by just to visit and go to lunch often. He'll be sorely missed for his genuine personality, humor and his talent on the drums. Rest in peace Gary, you're now with your wife together again. Doug Helton, February 23, 2021 I worked with Gary at Boardwalk VW back in the day. He will be missed. Gary is one of the most warm, genuine people I've ever met. Rest in peace friend. Jesse Reid, February 20, 2021 We will miss our fun, outgoing friend! His drumming skills were a highlight to witness, entertaining brought him such joy!! Gary’s laugh will remain with us, so thankful for the precious time spent with him several months ago. He never gave up and his last words to us were I am coming to see you guys when I kick this!! His faith and hope were what kept him positive! Bubba will miss talking cars and politics with Gary! Prayers for all who loved him!! To God be the glory for his life!! Diana and Bubba Freeman Diana Freeman, February 20, 2021 Gary was one of the best friends for over 50 years. He was so full of life , love of adventure. and one of the best drummer's I've known. He will be missed by so many and especially by me. See you up there one day my dear brother. RoyLacy , February 19, 2021