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David L. Blackmer

November 3, 1932January 25, 2020

David L. Blackmer

Indianapolis -- Age 88, passed away on January 25, 2020. He was born on November 3, 1932, to the late Kenneth and Mary in Salem, Oregon.

David was vice president of marketing for Curtis Publishing Company in Indianapolis, where he licensed the use of Norman Rockwell's famous Saturday Evening Post cover illustrations.

Prior to joining Curtis, David was public relations director for Kiwanis International, the worldwide community service organization headquartered in Indianapolis. There he managed numerous campaigns to increase awareness of Kiwanis, including billboards and radio and television spots featuring Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton as well as First Ladies Nancy Reagan and Rosalyn Carter. The billboard campaign was cited by the Outdoor Advertising Association for posting more than 2,000 billboards, the largest public service billboard campaign in history. He worked closely with Mother Teresa when she was awarded the Kiwanis International World Service Medal.

David was public relations director for the STP Corporation where worked closely with Andy Granateli.

David was also responsible for national media relations for the City of Indianapolis National Image Campaign, placing major stories with wire services in Indianapolis, Chicago, and New York City.

David was a past president of the Hoosier Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. He served on the PRSA Honors and Awards Committee.

David worked closely with First Lady Nancy Reagan on her Just Say No To Drugs campaign. He was also close to movie star Roger Moore and his wife Christie and gathered the endorsements that resulted in Sir Roger's knighthood.

David is survived by his wife Ann Blackmer, who partnered with him for 46 years in the Blackmer and Blackmer Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations Agency.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11:30 AM at St. Luke Catholic Church, 7575 Holliday Drive East, Indianapolis, Indiana. Burial will follow in Jasper, Indiana. Arrangements provided by Leppert Mortuary- Nora Chapel, Indianapolis, Indiana. To share a memory, please visit www.leppertmortuary.com.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, January 31, 2020


David L. Blackmer

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Marvin Schmidt

February 3, 2020

Ann: We are so sorry for the passing of David. Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you. We are happy for our many times of sharing his friendship. We did not read the obituary until the service was over. Take care of yourself and we will try to contact you. Marv and Carole. Marv's cell: 317-339-0182.

Annie Blackmer Gresh

January 31, 2020

My Dad with Lucille Ball

David Mannweiler

January 31, 2020

Vicki and I share your sense of loss, Ann, at David’s passing. He was a good man who accomplished much in his life. We will both miss him and his ever-present smile.

Tyler Gresh

January 31, 2020

David is also survived by his adopted daughter Annie Blackmer Gresh, husband Tyler Gresh, and grandchildren Holden David Gresh (age 10) and Harper Lucille Gresh (age 5).

Kelly Sears

January 31, 2020

Be of good cheer, old friend.

Keith Blackmer

January 30, 2020

David Blackmer is also survived by his 4 children in California and Oregon, Karen, husband Clark Sullivan and son Garrett, grandchildren Parker and Quinn, Keith and wife Martha, children Dean, Christina and Emily, Stephen and son Sean, and Gary and wife Maria, children Kaya and Kaegan. He was pre deceased by his son David and ex wife Joan

Vera Bodem

January 29, 2020

David was a kind, caring man. He loved Ann and Annie very much. I know they will miss him.

Annie Blackmer Gresh

January 29, 2020

My Dad was a very caring, smart, dedicated man. I will miss him very much.