William Leslie Blann (85) born September 23, 1938, passed away peacefully February 11, 2024, at his home in Lubbock, TX surrounded by his loving family.
William, fondly known as Bill, was born the only Son to Leslie William Blann and Ivy Iris Blagburn, in Dallas, TX. He is survived by Son David Wayne Blann, Daughter in Law Melissa Mulkey Blann and grandchildren Joshua Riley Blann, Marin Elizabeth Blann and Lily Kathryn Blann. He is also survived by Daughter Susan Blann Mingolla, Son in Law Steve Mingolla and grandchildren Taylor Rae Mingolla and Izzii Mingolla.
Bill held many titles in his life, from soccer coach, scout leader, Lion, Road Master to Operations Manager, but his favorite role was being a father. He loved nothing more than spending time with his adult children and their families. He was always there for them whether it was helping them tinker and piddle with gadgets to watching, helping, and supporting them in their activities. His grandkids loved spending time with their grandpa and will truly miss him. He was the heart and soul of his family.
After 6 years in the US Navy as a Radioman 2nd Class on both the Yorktown and Lexington (61-67) Bill spent most of his life in radio and television in Lubbock, TX. After decades of working at KLBK-TV (KDUB) as Radio DJ and finally Operations Manager; most notably for The Sunshine Sally Show, The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, The Lubbock Lions Club Auction, he moved to KTXS in Abilene, TX for a short while before returning to Lubbock. He then began another long career at LISD-TV passing along his infinite knowledge of Television and Production to all that would listen all while officially retiring 2 times but never stopping. He did all of this in conjunction with being a full-time soccer referee (30+ years), Lifetime Member of the Lubbock Lions Club (40+ years) serving his community, Member of the Flatlanders HOG Chapter of Lubbock (20+ years) serving as Road Master and working countless concerts and events for KT Black. He was an integral part of Television and Radio in Lubbock, TX for well over 50+ years and was loved by everyone that met him.
Bill’s family will host a Celebration of Life Friday, February 16 at 1:00 PM at LakeRidge Methodist Church followed by a graveside service at the City of Lubbock Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers: Bill has requested that donations be made in his name to one of the following:
Texas South Plains Honor Flight Hospice of Lubbock Boy Scout Troop 157
Lubbock Lion’s Club Salvation Army