Jon "Tim" Timothy Black

June 19, 1964March 4, 2019

Jon "Tim" Timothy Black age 54 of Roanoke, TX passed away March 4, 2019. He was born on June 19, 1964.

Cherishing his memory are parents, Jon D. and Carol K. Black, brothers, David Neal Black and Christopher Charles Black and nephew Neal Black.

He was preceded in death by brother Mark Stephen Wall.

Funeral services will be 11:00am, Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Foust and Son Funeral Home.

Burial will follow at I.O.O. F. Cemetery Westlake in Westlake, TX


  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 9, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, March 9, 2019

Jon "Tim" Timothy Black

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Ann McFarland

March 10, 2019

In 2000, I was at the Arlington Public Library and walked in to a presentation Tim was giving on the solar system. There he was holding a giant yellow beach ball in one hand and a tiny pinto bean in the other while comparing the size of the sun to the earth. He had us all. It was his ability to passionately share his genuine curiosity about and amazement of our world that made him such a great teacher.
Throughout the years, we shared many milestones, joys, and heartaches. Through it all I’ve had the privilege to count Tim as my special friend. Shine on, dear friend. You will be greatly missed.

Dorothy McFarland

March 9, 2019

I first met Tim when I took one of his astronomy classes through UTA. He was a gifted teacher, and brought so much enthusiasm to the class! No one who’s ever known Tim will ever forget the way he looked when he talked about something he loved; a huge smile would spread across his face, and his eyes would light up like he was watching fireworks. And he would talk—quickly, loudly, aflame—as though any second he could be cut off from ever talking again.
For the next 15 years, I was privileged to call myself his friend. He became like a brother to me.
One of the things I truly admired about him was the way he embraced life. I know it sounds like a cliché, but anyone who knew him will agree. He worked hard and he played hard. He always thirsted to know more, see more, do more. He loved to travel, try different things, taste any kind of food you can imagine, the more exotic the better. He loved nature and would be happy on top of a mountain looking up at the stars, and he loved his creature comforts, a good meal and a bubble bath. But he loved nothing more than being with people. His friends and family, especially. But honestly, I don’t think the guy ever met a stranger!
When I saw him in the hospital, he was ready to embark on a new adventure, ready to put new plans into place. As usual, his enthusiasm was bubbling over, he was laughing about how surprisingly good the fentanyl had felt, and he was ordering breakfast for dinner, because you could do that in that hospital. But he wanted to wait until we left to actually eat, and he had carefully arranged the seating for the three of us visiting. He couldn’t wait to get back to his dog that had just had surgery; they could recuperate together. I got my last hug from him that night. I know his family must be devastated, and my heart is with them. Final goodbyes are so hard, and I will miss my friend, my brother.

Ida Muniz

March 9, 2019

I did not know Mr. Black very well but we greeted each other frequently, each with our coffee cup in hand. I know he was loved by many students which is a testament to his character and his heart and love for teaching. He always put his students first and wanted them to succeed. He will be missed by all.
Prayers to his family and may they find comfort in knowing how much Mr. Black was loved and what a big impact he made on his students.

Nina Papadopoulos

March 8, 2019

Tim and I have taught at Blanton Elementary for many years...he made science fun, important, and relevant for students, teachers, and adults. He got a kick out of the fact that I spoke Greek and would frequently "throw" Greek words at me (astronomy, geometry, etc) in honor of you Tim:
<<Είστε ανάμεσα στα αστέρια τώρα>> (translation: You are among the stars now).

Janice Lee

March 8, 2019

Dear Family,

I knew Tim when we both worked at Johns Elementary. Tim was admired by his students, and staff. He was always energetic, full of surprises, and dedicated to his job, he will surely be missed.

My deepest thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this difficult time. May God bless you and and your family, and may He provide extra strength and grace in the coming days.

He heals the brokenhearted...Psalm 147:3

Vicki Rider

March 8, 2019

Tim you will be missed. I loved the time we taught at Johns together. You touched so many lives of all ages. You brought the solar system to us all. Now when we look to the stars you will be shining down on as you watch over us. I’ll never forget you, Ann and I shared a Sunday Brunch. I’ll miss those times.

Shannon Murton

March 8, 2019

Tim was my mentor teacher for 5th Grade Science at Johns Elementary, we taught together for a year and boy what an impactful year. He taught me so much. He had this way of getting students so very excited about science. He was eager to build their knowledge and get them to be successful scientist. Many of his activities I still do today, his legacy of teaching continues!! He provided fun activities, that secured a love of learning.
He would always tell me "make sure the students are more tired than you are by the end of class," he wanted me see the importance of pushing them to their full potential.

Tim you taught me a lot, thanks for helping me become a better teacher!

Tracy Bentley

March 8, 2019

I worked at Johns Elementary during Jon's 1st year as a teacher in 2006-07. Together we played Frisbee on Fridays with students after school. Jon knew the "secret" door for getting to the roof to retrieve them. Enough said.

During the last week of school as we stood outside his Science room, Jon recounted the year's lessons. He noted that his students would allow Jon to demand more from them, if they were convinced Jon saw their potential. After a quite moment, Jon launched into his grand vision for getting Title I students so excited about science that they rise up and score as well as other students. It was clear that Jon Black was a man on a mission. Jon was so joyful about his vision that it challenged me to find something that I care that much about.

The following year Jon taught Science to our 5th grade daughter Julie. When Jon set up his ramp for crashing egg paper cars into a brick - I just had to be there. Jon made learning fun. I knew Jon was impacting Julie when she said, "Dad - a thermometer is a speedometer for air particles." What a teacher. What a gift.

Damaris Gloria

March 7, 2019

I met Mr. Black, The Science Teacher, at Blanton Elementary. Soon after that, we became friends. Like all friends we had our disagreements, such as who was the biggest Star Wars fan of the two, which just meant we were both big nerds. We shared many conversations from our interest in astronomy to our love for tacos and my mom’s salsa. Every single time I saw him in the hallway he would ask about my Pomeranians. “How’s Buddy? And How’s Daisy? Is she still crazy?” Now, I just ask myself those questions at random times and smile. He was a great teacher, but an even better friend. Like everyone that met him, I’ll miss him, but I’ll keep the memories in my heart. I’m thankful I got to meet him, and I’ll cherish all the laughs we shared forever.

Waynette Sauls-Larry

March 7, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Black at Blanton Elementary. Although we taught different grades, I knew him as a kind person with a love for Science and FISHING! He touched so many lives and will be missed! Prayers of comfort are extended to all of Mr. Black's family.