August 23, 1962 - November 13, 2020
It is with immeasurable sadness and a broken heart that I share with you the passing of my dear, dear husband and best friend. Pieter Blonk, age 58, died at Baylor Scott and White Centennial Hospital on Friday November 13, 2020. He left his earthly body and rose to the heavenly realms to join his beloved family in the eternal and glorious presence of our Heavenly Father.
Pieter, amazing husband, loving father, brother, brother in law, colleague, a friend to all he met, was taken away, way too soon and too young from all those who knew him, leaving a huge void in all our hearts.
He was born on August 23, 1962 in Naarden, The Netherlands, and spent his childhood in Huizen. Pieter attended the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, where he earned degrees with honors in Electronics and Computer Programming, culminating in a PhD in Factory Automation (1991).
While interning at Phillips Laboratories in Westchester County, New York, Pieter met the love of his life, Julia Alice Smith. They were married on January 27, 1990 in Ossining, New York. In 1992 Pieter and Julia moved near Albany, New York, where he worked for SynQuest/Viewlocity, a provider of supply chain planning. While living in New York, they became proud parents of two adopted children, Violina from Bulgaria and Robert from Russia.
In 2003, Pieter’s job transferred the family to Texas, where they bought a home in Frisco, and where they continue to reside. New job opportunities opened up for him at ZMS/Expeditors International, where he worked as Senior Developer until his unexpected death. Pieter truly loved his work and was extremely fond of his colleagues and co-workers.
Pieter was an avid reader and had many interests and hobbies. He was an excellent photographer, capturing the uniqueness of the smallest of objects to vast panoramas of majestic landscapes. But he especially loved taking pictures of his beloved children and Charlie, the family dog! Pieter loved music-all kinds of music. He played the organ as a young child and at the University he learned to play the carillon. One of his favorite activities was playing the bells at the Guadalupe Cathedral in Dallas. He and Julia attended many organ and symphony concerts at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. Pieter loved traveling and taking his family to various destinations in Europe and the USA.
Pieter is survived by his wife, Julia Smith-Blonk, daughter Violina, son Robert, sister/brother-in-law Geraldine and Jan Provoost-Blonk, nephews Vincent and Arthur,
aunts Louise Sekeris-van Oudheusden and Dorothea Wilschut-van Oudheusden.
Pieter was preceded in death by his father, Gijsbert Blonk who died in 2004 and by his mother, Henny Blonk who passed away very recently, on October 7, 2020.
Pieter, we miss you terribly! You radiated so much life, joy, faith, kindness, selflessness, knowledge and brilliance. Honestly, we don’t understand why this happened but all we can do is put this burden in God’s hands and trust in His unfailing love, wisdom, and guidance for the difficult days ahead.
Special sentiments from Violina:
My father was an amazing man. A man who took me and my family all over the world. A man who helped me during my darkest times and a man with a smile and laugh that could light up a room. Dad was very slow to anger and always had a smile on his face. He inspired me to be a kind person. He shared with me his love for science, astronomy and math. One of my favorite memories of him is going together to the science museum, where he bought me a little notebook and we watched a documentary on space. Then he quizzed me after the documentary. My dad was more than a dad; he was one of the few people I really looked up to. I miss you daddy!!
Pieter, we miss you terribly! You radiated so much life, joy, faith, kindness, selflessness, knowledge and brilliance. Honestly, we don’t understand why this happened, but all we can do is put this burden in God’s hands and trust in His unfailing love, wisdom, and guidance for the difficult days ahead.
To our friends and family, Violina, Robert and I are overwhelmed and most grateful for your heartfelt expressions of love, prayers, condolences, kindness and generosity. We pray that the peace of Jesus Christ be with all of you and comfort you as well. Hold on tightly to your loved ones and always show them your love.
With much love and gratitude,
Julia, Violina and Robert Blonk
Visitation for Pieter will be held at Aria Funeral Home located at 19310 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75252 – Friday, November 20, 2020 – 11:00am-2:00pm
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Arrangements under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252