Tom Blackburn

Tom Blackburn

Monday, March 21st, 1938 - Thursday, September 24th, 2020
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Tom Blackburn of Waco, Texas, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 24, 2020, at St. Catherine’s Hospice at the age of 82. He was born in Marlin, Texas, on March 21, 1938. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Ed Blackburn and Elvira Payne Blackburn.

He leaves behind his loving wife, Jeanie of almost 40 years; his children, T.J. Blackburn, Laurie Teer, Bambi Blackburn, Chris Blackburn; his grandchildren, Beth Dabous, Dana Thompson, Kyle Teer, Erin Patrocky, Kevin Teer, Zach Blackburn, Jake Blackburn; four great-grandchildren; nephew, Royce Sparks and wife, Anna; and chosen family, Janice Conner.

After graduating from Waco High School class of 1956, he served his country honorably in the 82nd Airborne and then with the 10th Special Forces Group. Afterwards, entering the business world Tom enjoyed a long and highly successful career as a classic American entrepreneur. His early ventures in Dallas included Tom Blackburn Assoc. and Amertex, a high-end carpet distribution and sales firm, followed in later years by Star Canyon, Inc specializing in supplying multi-family and hospitality projects with natural stone from around the globe.

Along the way he produced the highly acclaimed documentary sports film “Champions Forever” regarding the storied careers of heavyweight boxers, Muhammed Ali, Joe Frasier, Larry Holmes, George Foreman and Ken Norton. In his later years Tom devoted much of his time doing the most important work of his life as an evangelist preacher with Bill Glass Prison Ministries and the local Waco State Jail Ministry.
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Craig Lacy

Posted at 07:33am
Tom chose me as his friend over 25 years ago. He was the proverbial larger-than-life person and man's man. To me, he was a source of encouragement and inspiration. His zeal for the Lord in the last many years of his life inspired and energized me. Jeanie, you are in our prayers. You never failed in caring for Tom no matter how hard the road. We love you.

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Posted at 02:04pm
With loving memories of "Tom Blackburn",We were buddies for 65 years. Tommy was truly one of a kind, a good heart, ready to help friends and family
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John Fore

Posted at 04:05pm
Jennie and the whole family, I’m sorry to hear about Tommy! You guys were so good to me while I was out in California all those years ago. My thoughts are with you all! All my love, John Fore

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