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LTC John Donovan "Jack" Blackwell
Birth: Aug. 8, 1930
Maryville
Nodaway County
Missouri, USA
Death: Sep. 9, 2010
Lake Stevens
Snohomish County
Washington, USA

LTC, U.S. Army, Korea, Vietnam.


Jack was born in Maryville, Missouri, graduated from Orleans High School in Nebraska and joined the Army upon graduation. During this time he married Grace M. Smith, of State College, Pennsylvania, graduated from Penn State University and embarked upon a career in Federal Civil Service. At retirement from the US government, he was director of administrative services for the Economic Regulatory Administration of the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. He then became the facilities manager of Montgomery College in Rockville, MD and eventually moved to Everett, Washington where he worked as the director of facilities manager at Everett Community College. He was commissioned in the Army Reserve where he served 36 years. He was a loving father to four children: John Donovan Blackwell, Jr., James Joseph Blackwell, Jeanne Marie Hinds, and Michael Dale Blackwell.

Jack had a long history of community service starting years earlier as Parent-Teacher Association president and Boy Scout counselor in Bowie, MD. Upon moving to Washington, he joined the Eagles and was instrumental in getting the new Granite Falls aerie built. He went on to serve on the Lake Stevens Planning Commission and City Council until 2000. He also served as a director on the boards of Senior Services of Snohomish County and the Snohomish County Health District. He was an active volunteer with the Lake Stevens Food Bank and the Everett Chapter of the Red Cross. Jack's history of blood donation goes back to his early 20's and over the decades has donated many dozens of gallons of blood. At 75 years of age he served on three deployments serving the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Jack died at home after a decade fighting colon cancer, Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and ultimate succumbing to ureter cancer.


Jack is survived by his children: John D. Blackwell,Jr., James J. Blackwell (Lois Royer), Jeanne Blackwell Hinds (Timothy) and Michael D. Blackwell; grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Jack and Grace in Japan 1949-1950: https://youtu.be/9zVZPu1D7HM

Home movies from 1955 to 1966: https://youtu.be/lfe6eGl3IhQ
 
 
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 Parents:
  Dale Hughes Blackwell (1895 - 1940)
  Frances Esther Decker Blackwell (1908 - 1987)
 
 Siblings:
  George William Blackwell (1921 - 2003)**
  Dale Merwin Blackwell (1922 - 1980)**
  Mary Marjorie Blackwell Moser (1926 - 1982)*
  James Decker Blackwell (1928 - 1988)*
  John Donovan Blackwell (1930 - 2010)
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Tahoma National Cemetery
Kent
King County
Washington, USA
Plot: Section G, Row C, Site 121.
 
Maintained by: Jeanne Hinds
Originally Created by: Buddy
Record added: Mar 13, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66866954
LTC John Donovan Jack Blackwell
Added by: Jeanne Hinds
 
LTC John Donovan Jack Blackwell
Added by: Jeanne Hinds
 
LTC John Donovan Jack Blackwell
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- Lance
 Added: Jul. 31, 2012
 
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