Dr. John Dennis Blackburn passed away on a beautiful Memorial Day evening, May 28, 2012 surrounded by his four children, John, David, Paul and Heather as well as other family and friends. Dennis was 78 years old and died after a prolonged battle with a neurodegenerative disease. Dennis was born September 4, 1933 at the Nix Hospital in San Antonio to John Daugherty Blackburn and Ruth Beasley Blackburn. He grew up in Junction, Texas, graduating from Junction High School in 1951. He then attended Texas A&M University School of Veterinary Medicine before transferring to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He graduated with honors (Alpha Omega Alpha) in 1959. He married Beverly Jane Dyer that same year. Together they had four children. After completing an Internship in General Practice, Dr. Blackburn entered the US Air Force receiving training as a Flight Surgeon and OB/GYN at Andrews Air Force Base in Prince George’s County Maryland. He practiced medicine in Dimmitt, Texas and then returned to his home town of Junction. Dr Blackburn was quoted as saying “I would rate my priorities in life as God first, my family and friends second, the practice of medicine third and myself fourth.” In 1981, Dr. Blackburn founded Thousand Oaks Family Practice and Minor Emergency Clinic, which was the first free standing minor emergency facility in San Antonio. He maintained the clinic with loving devotion to his patients and loyal staff until illness forced him to retire in 2008. Dennis loved missionary work and collecting Southwestern and Mexican art and antiques. His missionary work included travels to remote areas of Mexico where he founded a medical mission station in the Tarahumara region of Chihuahua, Mexico. As a father he was pillar of support for his family throughout their lives. He showed an unconditional love for his children and grandchildren. As a friend he was warm, welcoming, and always available. He was a mentor to many and himself an avid learner. He is survived by his son John Dennis Blackburn Jr.; son Dr. David Blackburn and wife Janet and their children Megan, Sarah, Brad and Matt; son Paul Blackburn and wife Kimberly and their daughter Katie Wynn; and daughter Heather Blackburn and her daughter, Preslee. He is also survived by the mother of his children, Jane Dyer Blackburn and many loyal friends, including his long time office nurse Beatrice Valdez and close companions Kay Kerr and Michelle Newman. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Ann Blackburn Lumbley.
SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2012
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
904 MAIN STREET, JUNCTION TX
SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2012
SONTERRA COUNTRY CLUB
901 SONTERRA BOULEVARD
Friends who wish to make donations in lieu of flowers can give to Harvest Evangelistic Association, PO Box 700067, San Antonio, Texas 78270.
Born: September 4, 1933
Place of Birth: San Antonio, Texas
Death: May 28, 2012
Place of Death: San Antonio, Texas