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Fredrick Blackburn

January 20, 1945 — March 30, 2021


EUNICE~ It is with heavy hearts that the family of Rick Blackburn announces his passing on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at Opelousas General at the age of 76.

After obtaining his MBA, PhD, EdD, Rick was a professor at numerous universities including  LSUE and New Mexico State University, where he also served as Vice-Provost. After retiring, he became a grant coordinator for the St. Landry Parish Sheriff Department  and later became an executive grant coordinator for Offender  Watch Systems. . Rick will be missed by his loving wife of twenty- six years, Jo Nelson Blackburn of Opelousas; brother-in-law, Warren Nelson of Eunice; sister-in-law, Winona N. Leger and husband, Tim of Basile; his nephew, who was like a son to him, Caleb Leger of Duson, and a host of nieces and nephews; as well as extended family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, J.D. and Mary Lou Blackburn and a nephew, Andrew Leger.

Family and friends may view this obituary and sign the guestbook at

Ardoin’s Funeral Home of Eunice, 1301 West Laurel Ave, (337)457-3371 is in charge of arrangements.

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