Byron J. Blackburn, 65, passed away peacefully Thursday December 14, 2017 at St. Luke’s hospital in Meridian, from complications due to a rare bone marrow autoimmune disorder.
Byron was born on May 5, 1952 to Howard and Marion Blackburn and was raised in Middleton, Idaho. He graduated from Middleton High School and attended the University of Idaho. He tried a few different professions in his younger days, including house painting and bartending. He found his calling in real estate and became a broker. He worked at several area offices, including Middleton Realty, Golden West, Phase II and the Preferred Group. He started his own firm, Zoo Realty where he continued to dabble in real estate when he was semi-retired. Throughout his career, he was a successful real estate developer and completed numerous development and building projects.
Longtime friend, Valerie (Thompson) Rol, attended all three of Byron’s weddings, (1. Alice, 2. Jules) and at the third one on August 25, 2006, she was the bride. They were married at a small private ceremony in their back yard overlooking the Boise River. Together they enjoyed working, gardening, travel and raising their two grandsons.
Byron was preceded in death by his parents and brother Dwight Blackburn.
He is survived by his wife, Val; grandsons, Damian and Ramon Garcia; step-daughter, Brandy Rol, Caldwell; brothers, Bill (Cheryl) Blackburn, Middleton and Larry (Florence) Blackburn, Caldwell; sister, Marilyn (Jerry) Dennis, Caldwell; sister-in-law, Cyndi (Earl) McGee, Kansas; Uncle Wally and Aunt Marilyn Gerhauser, Caldwell; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services are under the direction of Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. A visitation will be Tuesday evening, December 19th, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Dakan Chapel. A celebration of life will be held at the Oregon Trail Church of God on Wednesday, December 20th at 1:00 p.m. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com