Our treasured father, husband, brother, teacher, and friend Del Foy Blackburn passed away on January 18th, 2022, with his family by his side. We are appreciative of the many advances in cancer treatments that helped him have nearly five good years with those that love him, even after a terminal diagnosis. Del leaves behind his wife of 54 years, BernaDeane Blackburn (Hickman); his children Nathan Blackburn and Carlee Clark; and his siblings; Rae Summers, Beth Jorgenson, Alan Blackburn, Trina Bohman, Lyle Blackburn, Mary Ann Herbst, and Mark Blackburn.
Del was born in Ontario, Oregon on March 21, 1942, to Foy and Alice Blackburn who preceded him in death. On their family farm in Vale, he developed a great appreciation for the animals, farm fields, and wild lands of Malheur County that provided the family a living. He went from herding livestock on the BLM lands near their farm to studying the wildlife of those lands and publishing scientific papers about them. His collegiate pursuits led him to be a rare Idaho mixed breed of Bronco and Vandal, with degrees from both institutions. While pursuing his passion for biology at University of Idaho, he met his next passion, a future science educator named BernaDeane, who happened to be from a similar farming background in North Idaho. With Del’s charm and zest for life, he succeeded in convincing her to join him in creating their life adventure.