Robert M. Blacksten

January 7, 1953March 11, 2015
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Memorial service for Robert Mark Montgomery Blacksten, 62, former Norman resident, will be 1:00 pm Friday, March 13, 2015 at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church with Scott Meier officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Primrose Funeral Service.

Mr. Blacksten passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in Norman, Oklahoma.

Mark was born January 7, 1953 in Independence, Missouri to Robert Harvey and Betty Sue (Reagin) Blacksten. He grew up in Kansas City and graduated from Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, MO. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Southwest Missouri State University in 1975 before joining the U.S. Marine Corps. He was honorably discharged as a Major. Mark then worked for Proctor & Gamble, which brought him to Oklahoma in 1980. He later worked for Federated Insurance and moved to Norman in 1983. He married Julie Rutherford in July of 1983. In 1995, he joined Rich & Cartmill Insurance and opened their first office in the Oklahoma City Area. He attended First United Methodist Church in Hydro, where his son Brandon pastors. He was an active member of Sigma Chi. Mark loved to fish and took annual fishing trips to Canada with family and friends. He loved spending time with his children and was very active with coaching and attending their sporting events when they were younger.

He was preceded in death by his mother, and one nephew: Matthew Montgomery.

He is survived by three sons: Brandon Blacksten and his wife, Courtney, Brett Blacksten, and Garrett Blacksten; one daughter: Cassie Blacksten; his father and step-mother: Robert H. and Marian Blacksten; one sister: Susan McCammon and her husband, Mike; one brother: Kelly Montgomery and his wife, Joy; two step-sisters: Paula Duncan and her husband Eddie; and Pam Kahmann and her husband Joe; two nephews: Andrew and Reagin McCammon; two nieces: Sarah and Rachael Montgomery; and numerous aunts, uncles, and step-nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Blvd., Ste. 102, PMB 609, Oceanside, CA 92057 (


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DW Hubbard

March 17, 2015

Mark was a good friend, roommate and fraternity brother back in college. Unfortunately, we didn't keep up with each other very well since then. My heart is heavy with the loss of my old friend and I send my condolences to all of you in this time of loss. God bless you and keep you Monty.

March 14, 2015

We were saddened to hear of his passing. We knew him professionally and felt he was an honorable and capable person and always conducted himself to the highest Marine standards. John and Susan Madison

Chuck Andrews

March 14, 2015

Mark was a wonderful friend on and off the softball field. We met in 1997 and lost contact with one another a couple of years ago. Our deepest sympathy goes to Brandon, Brett, Garrett, and Cassie. Knowing that Mark had given his heart/life to Christ years ago gives us the assurance/hope that Mark is in heaven, awaiting our arrival. May God's grace carry you through the sea of grief. If there is anything we can do to help please feel free to call upon us.

Dana Glasscock

March 13, 2015

Brandon, Courtney, and all of Mark's family--We are so sorry for your loss. Although we did not know Mark well, we know he had to have been special, to have raised a son like Brandon. Our thoughts & prayers are with each of you at this time.
Bill & Dana Glasscock

Si Fentress

March 12, 2015

Mark was such a nice guy, I will remember him well, and the many conversations we had about his children, of whom he was so proud of, fishing in Canada and other things we had in common. God Bless God Speed Always!