Donald Lee Blankenship

Donald Lee Blankenship

March 23, 1945 - May 06, 2024

Donald Lee Blankenship

March 23, 1945 - May 06, 2024


Donald Lee Blankenship passed away on May 5, 2024, at the age of 79 in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Born in Long Beach, CA, he was the son of Floyd Robert Blankenship and Mary Ida Rapp. He attended St. Anthony’s Catholic High School where he met the love of his life, Jan Rogers. They married shortly after high school and shared 53 years of marriage. Don attended Long Beach State University and earned a degree in criminal justice while serving in the Air Force Reserves. Don started his career in law enforcement with the Los Alamitos Police Department. He transferred to the Santa Ana Police Department, where he served from 1975-1999. He retired in 1999 from SAPD as a Sergeant and the President of the Police Officers Association. He then became the Chief of the Bureau of Investigation at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office until his retirement in 2009. Don had a passion for honoring his fallen brother and sister officers who died in the line of duty. He served as the California Peace Officers Memorial Foundation’s second president during his more than 20 years of dedicated service to the foundation. He dedicated his life to the protection and service to others.

He was a proud member of Santiago de Compostela Catholic Church in Lake Forest. where he was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling the world, working out, Notre Dame football, volunteering at church, spending time in his backyard with his friends, and he loved all dogs. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and loyal friend to all who knew him. He will be dearly missed.

Don was predeceased by his mother Mary Ida Rapp Blankenship, his father Floyd Robert Blankenship, and his wife Jan Rogers Blankenship. He is survived by his children, Kari Lee Plush (husband James Plush), Stacy Lynn Persek (husband Mathew Persek), Donald Wayne Blankenship (wife Tiffany Blankenship), and his four grandchildren, Julia James, Madalyn Marie, Mason Robert, and Lily Grace.

The funeral service will be held on May 16, 2024, at Santiago de Compostela Catholic Church in Lake Forest at 10:00 am with interment immediately following at Ascension Cemetery in Lake Forest. We will have a Celebration of Life at the Blankenship home.

A memorial donation may be made in lieu of flowers to the California Peace Officers Memorial Foundation.

Mailing address:
640 Bercut Drive
Sacramento, CA 95811


Funeral Mass

  • Date & Time: May 16, 2024 (10:00 AM)
  • Venue: Santiago De Compostela Catholic Church
  • Location: 21682 Lake Forest Dr. Lake Forest, CA 92630 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 951-8599


  • Date & Time: May 16, 2024 (12:00 PM)
  • Venue: Ascension Cemetery
  • Location: 24754 Trabuco Road Lake Forest, CA 92630 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 837-1331

Celebration Of Life

  • Date & Time: May 16, 2024 (12:30 PM)
  • Venue: Blankenship Home

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4 responses to Donald Lee Blankenship

  1. DAVID B HART says:

    RIP Don friend of many years and your favorite Mediator

  2. Art Droz says:

    Don, you will be missed so much. I remember you from my days at Los Alamitos PD as a college intern. I believe it was 1968-69, and then when I hired at HBPD in 1970. I looked forward to visiting you and Jan from time to time when you lived on Sher Ln. in HB. I always enjoyed your company and friendship. RIP

  3. Don,

    May you rest in peace in the loving arms of Jan and your parents…….you will be missed.



  4. Adele Beach says:

    So sorry for your loss. He will be missed but I’m sure Jan is happy to be reunited.
    God Bless the family during this trying time. RIP Don.

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