Jack Blondin Hood, 96, of Canyon City passed away at his residence at Serenity House Thursday, Feb. 2.
Hood was born on a small farm in Golden, Texas, on March 16, 1920, to William Hood and Leitha McLeod. He was the son of a sharecropper and, at 16, opened a radio repair shop before attending the University of Texas and UCLA.
He served in the Navy during World War II and was stationed on the USS Astoria. He was present at the Battle of the Coral Sea as well as the Battle of Midway; he received special commendation and a promotion to warrant officer. During his time serving his country, Hood earned seven campaign ribbons and participated in the Bikini bomb test in 1946.
Hood also served in the U.S. Civil Service, Naval Air Systems Command as a missile engineer and was involved in the ICBM program for 12 years.
Arrangements are under the direction of Driskill Memorial Chapel. To leave a condolence, visit driskillmemorialchapel.com.