William D. "Bill" Blackwood, age 87, died Sunday December 30, 2018 in Lubbock, Texas. Bill was born September 26, 1931 in Breckenridge, Texas to Katie and George Blackwood.
He attended the University of Texas and earned his medical degree from UTMB in 1954 in Galveston, Texas where he met and married Donna Mae (Timmer) Blackwood while she worked as a nurse. He served in the U.S. Navy. Bill and Donna were married for 47 years and produced six children. He did medical research for the VA in Minnesota and taught at the TTUMSC prior to going into private practice.
Bill loved to sail the ocean, travel, reading, and his family. He had a fine dry wit and enjoyed a good time. Bill Blackwood lived life on his own terms. He was an honest, funny, and ethical man who treated all patients according to his very high standards. Teaching his children, "never take a job you're not willing to do your very best."
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Bryce Beauchamp.
He is survived by Donna Blackwood; sons, Clay, David, Wesley, Neal; and daughter, Amy Blackwood and their families.
Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. with rosary to be cited at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Combest Family Memorial Chapel. Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 4, 2019 at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church.
Thursday, January 3, 2019
To all the Blackwood family. I knew Bill as my doctor and as a friend. He was a complicated man who really did practice to his highest standards. He helped me in my practice in more than one way over the years I was in Lubbock. I knew him as a man of high spirits and professional integrity. To Donna, whom I care for deeply and respect, and to Amy, Clay, Wesley, Neal and Clay;I hope peace and tranquility find you all on Bill's passing.