OBITUARY

Thomas McLean Blackwell

October 20, 1954May 14, 2020

Thomas McLean Blackwell, 65, (Oct. 20, 1954 - May 14, 2020) was predeceased by his parents TJ and Virginia Blackwell. He was a lifelong resident of University Park and a 1977 graduate of UT Austin. Tom was passionately active in both local and national politics, and dedicated himself to fighting injustices as a Precinct Chair of the Dallas County Democratic Party (DCDP) and had also served as an elected member of the Democratic National Convention Platform Committee. He was an avid Amateur radio enthusiast (N5GAR) and served as North Texas Section Leader with the ARRL for several years. Tom was an active member in NTPCUG for many years and even ran a dialup Bulletin Board Service (BBS) before the internet. He embraced new technologies, loved technology and made attending CES while it was still called COMDEX using his coveted press pass an annual event.

Tom was one of a kind and will be truly missed by friends and family. Graveside services will be June 19, 2020, at 10AM at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home.

Services

  • Inurnment Service

    Friday, June 19, 2020

Memories

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Roberto Alonzo

June 23, 2020

On behalf of the Alonzo Family, the state of Texas as a 20 year former state rep, the Mexican American Democrats of Texas...we extend a fond farewell to Tom, a great Democrat and condolences to his family.

Robert Millegan

June 22, 2020

Tom was a gentleman ... May he rest in Peace...

Vivienne Armstrong

June 19, 2020

Tom was an ever present constant in our Democratic Party meetings and conventions for my 40+ years of participation. He will be missed.

Ramona Thompson

June 19, 2020

Tom and I worked together in Dallas County politics back in the 1980's. He was encyclopedic in his recall of political events and persons and a valuable resource for me and so many others. He definitely made a contribution. His passing is a sad loss for many, and he will be missed.

Holly Hunter

June 18, 2020

Kindest soul. A true gentleman.

Anne morton

June 17, 2020

Tom was a founding and current valuable member of the Park Cities Central Dallas Democrats. He was a unique presence with his rich and commanding baritone voice and his equally commanding knowledge of the history of the Democratic Party in Texas. He had a limitless and passionate interest in the political system and gave generously of his time and talents at every turn. He was an equally avid researcher of the JFK Assassination and a consistent presence at the annual conventions. He had a deep and abiding respect for the truth and dedicated his life to it, no matter the consequences. He will be missed. Let us honor Tom as he honored us.

Richard "Rick" Jones

June 17, 2020

Tom and I met through amateur radio in the '80s. I moved from the Dallas area in the early '90s. We continued our friendship until his passing. As others have said, he had a vast knowledge of how our system works. He loved being involved in the Democrat Party and other organizations. Tom was a loyal and good friend. I will really miss him. Rest In Peace

William Funderburk

June 17, 2020

Tom Blackwell was a unique individual, who cared deeply about the government representing the citizens responsibly and fairly. He was a quiet yet forceful personality, who conducted himself with dignity and showed respect to others. When Tom spoke up at monthly meetings of the Park Cities Central Dallas Democratic Club, he usually drew a chuckle when saying, "I'll be brief." One could tell that he held himself to the highest standards of integrity, responsibility, and conduct. Tom had a comprehensive memory of past office holders at the State level, and particularly the county judgeships going back decades. He also was fascinated by the search for the truth about what really happened to President Kennedy in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963, and attended the annual conventions in Dallas which brought together many authors and other respected researchers who shared his disbelief that the truth had been told by the Warren Commission. Tom was a kind and honest man who adored his mother, and I feel certain that she adored him.

Rich Casey

June 16, 2020

Tom was an avid ham radio operator and instrumental in helping Amateur Radio when it intersected with the law. He was also a great asset to the Dallas County Democratic Party. He will be missed. Godspeed and 73 Tom. sk

peter fitch

June 16, 2020

While Thomas and I were not close friends we were companions. He made going to school enjoyable and inspired to learn what we were both sharing in knowledge. He and all will be missed of the blessings and friendship of our togetherness . Smile your Loved