April 13, 2008
Donald Asay Blackburn
I haven't written here much recently. I was asked to speak at the services and write his obituary:
Donald Asay Blackburn left this earthly life April 12th at his family home in Wickenburg with his wife Victoria by his side. He was born December 1, 1932, in Lovell, Wyoming to Hyrum and Gladys Blackburn. June 11, 1985, he married his wife Victoria Watson of Chinook, Montana. On February 4, 2003, he was sealed for time and eternity in the Mesa Temple in Arizona. Throughout his life, he showed a deep love for his family.
Don was preceded on his journey by his three sons Steve, Danny, and Lynn Blackburn. He awaits the reunion with his loving wife Victoria; Marilyn Witt and husband Kelly; Jeffrey Blackburn and wife Linda; David Blackburn and wife Velma; Teri Lee Benoit and husband Kenny; Troy Hunter; Harley Blackburn and wife Jodi; Brenda Lorash and husband Eddie; Derk Hunter and wife Katrina; Brent Bowen and wife Alison; grandchildren Natalie Rallo and Justin Blackburn of Wickenburg; and over 60 grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Don grew up in Lovell where he was an outstanding athlete in football and basketball before leaving for Korea as an Army soldier in 1951. Upon his return from Korea, he worked the jobs no one else would. He worked setting concrete forms for the Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona. He owned and ran a large Uranium mine in his mid-20’s. He worked as a salesman for FMC selling agricultural products to some of the largest farms in the US near Stockton, California.
His business ventures included owning and managing various gold mines in Montana, Wyoming, and Arizona; consulting work for the governments of China and Vietnam; Uranium ventures in Arizona, Utah, and Wyoming; Blackburn Drilling that operated across the United States and in Australia; Bear Creek Coal Partners of Montana; Titanium Resources Corporation; Vanadium Partners, Inc.; and other projects too numerous to recount.
His character, humor and personality will be celebrated at the Wickenburg LDS Church at 6:00 PM, Thursday, April 17th, and at the LDS Stake Center in Lovell, Wyoming, at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, April 23rd. All are welcome to attend.
I spent Friday with my grandfather at Chemo in Phoenix and was with him just hours before he passed. I already miss him as do many others.
Posted by Justin at April 13, 2008 10:16 PM
My thoughts are with you and your family. I'm in town for the next 10 days and can lend a hand if needed.
Posted by: Erich at April 16, 2008 03:52 PM
My thoughts are with you and your family. I will be in town for the next 10 days if you need help with anything.
Posted by: Erich at April 16, 2008 03:54 PM
I can see that your grandfather lived an exceptional life and I am sure many were better for knowing him, including yourself. We wish your family the best.
The ski area still is completely white here in Steamboat. Looks like February in a good year :)
Posted by: Jon Wade at April 19, 2008 10:24 PM
Wow, what timing.
I'm in Albuquerque now, as of last Tuesday.
Very, very sorry to hear about your loss. Wish I could be there to help you out.
Blessings, peace, and luck.
Posted by: Caroline at April 21, 2008 04:40 PM
I miss Don as in the past 8 years I formed a special bond with him even to the extent the he didn't mind me calling him dad even though I don't even belong to the same culture. I dearly miss talking to him. He was always happy and cheerful even when he was complaining about this. He was like a little kid but at the same time this big huggable bear. I can never forget the time spent with him when I visited wickenberg, I am sure it won;'t be same ever again without him.
Posted by: mukta Gupta at July 23, 2008 01:20 PM