Donald Waldo Blackburn , age 82, of Inverness, FL died May 4, 2017 at Ocala Regional Medical Center in Ocala FL. Donald was born May 16, 1934 in Cranston, Rhode Island the son of Ralph and Emma Blackburn. Don was a US Navy veteran serving aboard the USS Boxer during the Korean War. He graduated from University of Miami where he was a member of the swim team. He worked for Phillips Petroleum and Ryder Systems. He was an architectural engineer and enjoyed painting with water colors and model building. After moving to Inverness, FL he worked for McKean & Assoc. and Marion County Public Schools. Don coached baseball and soccer teams and was proud of his record collection. He enjoyed golf and most of all his family.
Don was a member of Our lady of Fatima Catholic Church where he volunteered at Helping Hands.
Don was predeceased by his brother Robert and granddaughter Alyssa Blackburn. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marilyn Blackburn, four children; Matt Blackburn and his wife Beth of Juno Beach, FL, Teresa Burden and her husband Terry, of Lynchburg, OH, Andrew Blackburn and his wife Lisa of Ocala, FL, Steven Blackburn of Washington, DC, sister, Evelyn Wentworth of West Palm Beach, FL,8 grandchildren; Cara, Alyssa, Amanda, Kevin, Andrea, Angela, Matthew, Tyler, and Bailey, 3 great grandchildren; Jesse, Allana and Kalia
Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 PM at Heinz Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Inverness, FL on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Inverness, FL. Heinz Funeral Home, heinzfh.com