His final goal was to be able to walk in the survivor walk at Relay for Life. Though he did not make it to the relay, he did make it to Aug. 8, and his family and friends walked in his honor.
RD was born in San Diego, California, Sept. 10, 1962, to Albert and Diane Blackburn. He lived most of his life in Carbon and Emery counties, but moved to Moab, when he married Kim on June 10, 2006. RD worked in the mining industry and enjoyed auto detailing, but his love of landscaping was his true calling. RD loved nature and spent the last three months camping in the La Sal Mountains, where his love of nature abounded. His laughter, joking nature and mischievous smile brought joy to all who knew him.
RD was preceded in death by: his father, mother, and stepfather, Billy Schmidt, mother-in-law, Helen Jo Youngblood, grandfather, Rulon Dee Blackburn, three aunts and an uncle.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Kim Holyoak Blackburn, his sons, RD Junior and Albert Blackburn, a daughter, Dana Laray, two stepsons, Kevin Dale and Jessie Kay Tangreen, two sisters, Rulinda Sanderson and Brenda Schmidt, a brother, William (Scooter) Schmidt, nine grandchildren, his father-in-law, Dale Holyoak, four aunts, Karen, Pauline, Debbie and Barb, and an abundance of beloved family and friends, and his faithful girls (dogs) Little Ann and Zella.
Services will be held Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Spanish Valley Mortuary in Moab, followed by a potluck luncheon at Old City Park.
RD, look for her eyes!
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.