Patricia Blake Fierro, 82
On June 13, 2017, our beautiful mom, grandma and dear friend died at her home in Bigfork.
She was born November 8, 1934 in Santa Clara, California to Frank J. and Alice Roscoe Blake. Her father, a graduate of Harvard Law School, practiced law in San Francisco. He later joined his brother Leslie, as co-publisher of the Santa Clara Journal.
As the youngest of five siblings, “Patty” was the beloved baby of the family. Her brothers Robert, Frank, Tommy and sister Mary Alice preceded her in death.
Patricia married Arthur Fierro in San Jose California in 1953. They had three children; John, Carole and Scott. Later she and Art would divorce.
While raising her three children, she graduated from The University of Santa Clara. She began working for Santa Clara County in 1968 as an accountant for the County Parks and Recreation Department. In the early 70’s she transferred to Valley Medical Center where she served as Assistant Personnel Officer and employee Relations Representative. She was appointed Deputy County Executive for employee relations in 1980, at the age of 46. Her promotion made her one of the highest-ranking women in county government. In 1987, she was named Woman of Achievement in Government and Politics in Santa Clara.That same year, she attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Pat retired in October of 1992 after twenty-four years of service to Santa Clara County and the State of California. She left her career in public service well-respected and distinguished.
She moved to Bigfork, Montana to be close to her family. She loved her life in Montana and rarely missed one of the grandkids football, basketball, volleyball or tennis games. She was well-known and adored as “Grandma Pat” by almost everyone who knew her.
She valued education and was a member of the Bigfork School Board from 1997 to 2006. She loved golf, watching the latest television series, movies, was an avid reader and loved politics.
She leaves with each of us her unconditional love, the value of family, her generosity, kindness and wisdom that will be carried on for generations to come.
Surviving Pat are her Son John Fierro and wife Stacey of Sacramento, Daughter Carole and husband Larry Hill of Bigfork and Son Scott Fierro and wife Doe of Bigfork. 10 Grandchildren and