In Memoriam: Perry Blach, 1923-2011

Perry Blach

Perry Blach

Jan. 18, 2011

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Former Aggie football player Perry Blach passed away, the CSU athletic department was saddened to learn last week.

Blach played four years at CSU (1941, 1942, 1946, 1947) which were split up by his courageous service to the U.S. Army during World War II.

Blach grew up in Yuma, Colo., and returned there to live out the rest of his life after his time at CSU and in the war. He is one of the few men to have played for three head coaches during his time in Fort Collins. His first season was played under Hans Wagner, the ninth head coach of CSU. When Blach returned, he had the opportunity to play under Harry Hughes, who took over for Wagner during the ’46 season, and Bob Davis, who became the 10th head coach in 1947 (Hughes had previously served as head coach).

According to the 1946 media guide, Blach was a “likeable, smiling veteran from the 1942 squad.” The media guide also says that he was in the 12th Corps Artillery 11 and served most of his time in Germany.

Blach, an offensive lineman, played with many notable players, including John Mosley, Fum McGraw, Dude Dent, Chet Maeda, Walter Bergman, Tuffy Mullison, and Eddie Hanna.

After returning to Yuma, Blach remained a prominent figure at Colorado State. He was a football season-ticket holder, lifetime member of the Alumni Association (including president from 1963-65) and advisor to the CSU Foundation. He also served on several different collegiate councils, won the Distinguished Alumni Henry Award, and was a parent and grandparent of numerous CSU alumni. The Distinguished Alumni Henry Award is presented annually to someone who exemplifies extraordinary service to Colorado State University and its academic, athletic, and alumni programs.

Blach’s family tree includes Leonard Blach. Leonard is the co-owner of 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and was a one-time Hollywood actor.


 

 

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