John Mitchell Blaine, renowned local recording engineer, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007 due to heart disease. He was 60 years old.
For over 30 years, Blaine retained a career in the St. Louis area working with numerous local and visiting classical music artists.
He was born and raised in Mammoth Spring, Ark., by his adoptive parents, Dr. Mitchell and Virginia Blaine. Dr. Blaine passed away when John was a child, and John lived with his mother in Arkansas and then St. Louis, Mo., until Virginia's death in 1984.
While in St. Louis, John garnered and nurtured his love of music and of recording. He continually strove to achieve the best possible quality in his recordings. John was nominated for a St. Louis Area Television Academy Award for outstanding audio in 1990. Stereophile magazine also featured John's recordings on two of their annual test CDs.
He is survived by: his beloved Boston Terriers, Beau and Jesse, as well as by numerous loving friends and honored associates.
John's remains were cremated and will be placed alongside the remains of his long time friend and companion, Joseph Morgan, in the columbarium at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis.
A memorial service will be held Oct. 27, 2007, at 11 a.m. at Christ Church Cathedral.
John has requested that donations be made to the music program at Christ Church Cathedral in lieu of sending flowers.