Blaine was born Feb. 7, 1925, in Olustee to Jesse Floyd and Georgia Pearl (Ellis) Stephen. He graduated from Porter High School seven miles south of Altus in 1942. He married Marion Grider July 29, 1944, in Altus. In 1950, Blaine entered the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and started in Stillwater as the Driver’s Licensing Examiner. In 1952, he and Marion returned to Altus where Blaine was stationed as the Driver’s Licensing Examiner in Southwest Oklahoma until 1965. He was then transferred to Oklahoma City Headquarters where he retired in 1983 at the rank of Major. While in Oklahoma City, Blaine served as the Director of Law Enforcement Coordination. After his retirement, Blaine and Marion returned home to Altus to enjoy retirement. Blaine’s two great loves were his wife Marion and driving…he started driving at the age of 8! He loved automobiles, and in his lifetime, he bought only two used cars and 32 brand new cars. Blaine was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Altus.
He was preceded in death by a baby boy, Eddie Blaine Stephen; his parents, Jesse and Georgia Stephen; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Wilton and Delores Stephen and Merril Stephen.
Blaine is survived by his loving wife, Marion (Grider) Stephen of Altus; one daughter, Sue (Stephen) Burk and husband Don of Cache; two grandsons, Don Burk II and his children, Dillon, Lauren, and Ava, all of Oklahoma City, Brandon Burk and wife Gina and their children Samantha and fiancé Blair Galberth, and Selestial Burk, all of Midwest City; a granddaughter-in-law, Robin Burk, also of Midwest City; two sisters-in-law, Virginia Stephen of Dublin, Texas, and Ann Dane of Oklahoma City; special nieces and nephews, Lynn and Eli Bell of Cedar Park, Texas, Dr. Damon and Carmella Stephen of Gun Barrel City, Texas, Neil and Ann Stephen of Stephenville, Texas, Janet and Cecil Wright of Altus, Phil and Margie Garrison of Altus, Al Ballard of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Judy and Richard Flanland, of Carson City, Nev.; and an aunt, Sandy Dillon of Altus.
The family will greet friends at the funeral home from 6 to 7:30 p.m., on Friday.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lowell-Tims Chapel with Chaplain Sam Garner, of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, officiating. Interment will be held privately by the family at a later time in the day. For the live webcast, please log on to the website below at 1:58 p.m. and click on the name Blaine Stephen.
On line tributes may be made to the family at www.Lowell-Tims.com