Sabin-Schellenberg tech center guru dies in crash
Kenneth Bladow remembered for working with kids
The North Clackamas School Districts Sabin-Schellenberg Professional Technical Center mourned the loss of Ken Bladow, who worked with broadcast media students since he was hired in 2002. After a few years the district also assigned him to manage installation and maintenance for 500 computers on three Sabin-Schellenberg campuses.
Bladow, 52, died early Saturday morning after a collision on Highway 212 near Southeast 135th Avenue in the Clackamas Industrial Area.
Bradley Allen Brock, the 23-year-old driver of a Ford F150, was arrested by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies on charges of manslaughter and driving under the influence of intoxicants. He was held in the Clackamas County Jail on $257,500 bail.
Brock is accused of pulling out in front of Bladow who was eastbound on Highway 212 at 12:15 a.m. on May 4, causing Bladow to strike the passenger side of Brocks vehicle. According to CCSO detectives, Bladow died as a result of his injuries sustained in the accident.
Sabin-Schellenberg Principal Karen Phillips called Bladow part of the districts family and said his loss leaves a big hole at the school.
He was a positive, dedicated, uniquely talented staff member, Phillips said. He was always smiling and always pleasant to work with.
School officials will make a crisis response team available on Monday and Tuesday for grieving staff and students, according to a letter Phillips sent to parents on Sunday night.
Right now we just cant imagine how we can do without him, she said. He loved this school, our staff and the students, and we all worked very closely with him. This loss touches all of us individually, because we'd all have technological problems, and he would work with us all individually.
A celebration of Bladows life is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday, May, 10, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 7810 S.E. 15th Ave., Portland. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Bladows memory be made to Immanuel Lutherans technology fund.