Joe Blakely lives with his wife, Saundra Miles, in Eugene, Oregon. He has one son,
Justin, and a stepson, Jonathan Baker. Mr. Blakely earned a degree in history from
San Diego State College. While in college, he excelled in the writing of history term
Mr. Blakely retired from the Office of Public Safety at the University of Oregon in
1999. After retirement, he decided to write about Oregon history.
With the addition of his new book, Murder on Oregon's Coast Highway - 1961, Mr.
Blakely has written 13 books about Oregon—8 histories, 4 historical fiction novels and
1 novel about Bigfoot. He considers his best work is his biography of Oswald West,
Oregon’s rascally governor who wrote legislation in 1913 to set aside Oregon’s
beaches as a highway, thereby providing public access. Blakely’s 2 Oregon Coast
Highway 101 books, about building the coast highway through Oregon, have been
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