David J. Blackburn
Born: May 5, 1963
Died: May 13, 2021
ORANGE PARK, Florida – David James Blackburn, age 58, of Orange Park, Florida, and formerly of the area, died May 13, 2021.
David was welcomed into the world May 5, 1963 to David and Lisbeth Blackburn in Dixon, IL. He was the eighth child of what later grew to be 10 children, and the first son. His seven older sisters were so delighted and subsequently cherished his entire life, even until he died so unexpectedly. He was a resident of Jacksonville, FL for approximately 20 years.
He was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Michael; and his nephews, Stephen and Todd.
He is survived by eight sisters – Sue (Steve) Kelly, Becky (Dan) Duffy, Phyllis (Dan) Willard, Terry (Rick) Jordan, and Patti (Tom) McBride, all of Dixon, Bobbie (Greg) Davis of Mt. Morris, Debbie (Jim) Coultrip of Jacksonville, FL and Peggy (Mark) Herman of Boise, Idaho; 21 nieces and nephews; and 31 great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was very versatile, being a meticulous painter by trade, but had also previously worked with banking data systems. He had the "gift of gab" and could carry on a conversation with anyone about any topic. He was never afraid to state his views, but was never judgmental of those who held opposing views. He was sharp-witted and loved to have fun. He enjoyed playing trivia and was competitive nationally. He loved his family most of all and was loved in return.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Al Morrison Youth Baseball League.
A memorial service will be held at Jones Funeral Home on Monday, June 7, 2021 at 11 Pastor Vincent Marrandino officiating, with a private burial of cremains immediately following at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. in the funeral home.
Online condolences can be sent at www.thejonesfh.com
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Published by Sauk Valley News on Jun. 4, 2021.