Herbert Nathaniel Blake

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SEQUIM, Wash. - Herbert Nathaniel Blake, 92, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

Herbert was born in Hallowell, Maine, on Sept. 29, 1921, the son of Benjamin Homer and Maggie Batson Carter Blake.

Herbert was preceded in death by his brothers, Winthrop, Oliver and Richard, and sisters Louise and Jean.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; son Thomas (Rita) Blake, of Craig, Alaska; daughter Mary Ann Blake, of Sequim; son Jonathan Blake, of Ryderwood, Wash.; grandson Christopher Blake, and two great-granddaughters, all residing in California; sister Virginia (Richard) Choate, of Farmingdale, Maine; and brothers Roger Blake, of Farmingdale, and William Blake, of Lubec, Maine; and many nieces and nephews.

After attending high school, Herbert was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps for two years before joining the Army. He was honorably discharged after serving two years because of asthma.

From a young age Herbert's desire was to be a sailor. Therefore, he spent 46 years as a merchant seaman. He thoroughly enjoyed "going to sea."

Herbert was a member of the Sailors' Union of the Pacific from Feb. 1, 1944, until his "final departure," a member of Goodrich-Caldwell American Legion, Post 6 of Hallowell for 63 years, and the Maine Mayflower Society for 27 years. A committal service was held at 11 a.m. on Good Friday, April 18, 2014, at Sequim View Cemetery, where Herbert often walked during his ten year residence in Sequim.

The Seaman's Prayer

"The Lord is my Pilot, I shall not drift.

He lighteth me across the dark waters;

He steereth me in the deep channels;

He keepeth my log.

He guideth me by the Star of Holiness for His name's sake.

Yea, though I sail 'mid the thunders and tempests of life

I shall dread no danger

For Thou art with me.

Thy love and Thy care they shelter me.

Thou preparest a harbor before me

In the homeland of eternity.

Thou anointest the waves with oil;

My ship rideth calmly.

Surely, sunlight and starlight shall favor me on the voyage I take

And I will rest in the port of my God forever."

Published in Central Maine on June 12, 2014