Billy Junior Blue, 79, of Payson, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2005 of sudden cardiac arrest. He was born and reared in Protection, Kan., the youngest son of W.C. and Josephine Blue.
Mr. Blue was a Navy veteran of World War II and served in the South Pacific.
While stationed at Litchfield Naval Air Park, in 1946, he met and married his wife of 59 years, Alpha Gene (Ashby) Blue, a native of Tempe.
Mr. Blue was employed with Salt River Project for 40 years and retired to the Payson area in 1986.
He is survived by his wife, Alpha Gene of Payson; son, John Blue; daughter, Nancy Jo Blue; their spouses and four grandchildren; his sister, Elsie (Blue) Day; nieces and nephews, Dennis and Judy Day of Otawa, Ill., Pat (Lindt) and Dan Toneges and their family, of Protection, Kan., Mike and Judy Blue and their family, of Wichita, Kan., and Pat (Blue) and Bob Hutchinson and their family.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Payson Humane Society or Hospice of the Valley.