Percy Blatchford was born in Teller, Alaska in 1929. His father was a fox farmer originally from England, and his mother was from Shishmaref, Alaska. After World War II when fur prices crashed, the family moved to Nome, Alaska. Percy came to Seward in 1954 after serving in the Army, when his mother was sent there for tuberculosis treatment in the local sanitorium. Percy worked as a blaster on the construction of Exit Glacier Road, as a longshoreman, as a carpenter, and as a laborer. Percy met his wife, Daisy Barnabas, an Athabascan from interior Alaska, at Mount Edgecumbe school in Sitka, Alaska, and they had two sons.