Manuel Untalan Blas 1930 ~ 2010
A California attorney specializing in mediation and labor relations, Blas attended the Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina, and law school at University of San Francisco, California. During the Korean War, he was stationed in Paris, France, with the U.S. Army. He was a passionate advocate of civil rights, as evidenced by his work for the labor unions in Los Angeles, California, during the 1960s.
Blas was also a writer and poet, drawing upon Western history, philosophy and literature for inspiration in his work. A supporter of the arts and education, he donated his time and energy to many cultural institutions throughout Los Angeles. Blas was a devout Catholic, and his commitment and generosity to the Catholic Church and its related charities remained steady throughout his lifetime. Such commitment was paralleled by his passion for the renowned football team at Notre Dame University, also known as “The Fighting Irish,” in South Bend, Indiana. He is survived by his wife, Vivian Pizzicara Blas, his son, John Blas, his daughter, Lisa Blas, his step-daughter, Enid Turner, and four grandchildren——Colin Blas, Sienna Blas, Natalie Turner and Matthew Turner.
A Funeral Mass was held at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Hollywood, California, at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 3, 2010. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. and the City of Hope Cancer Research Center, Duarte, California.