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Fredrick Stoll (Dr. Rick) Blackburn

1945 - 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 www.ardoinfuneralhomes.com

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

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Caleb Leger

April 13, 2021 7:10 AM

Rick I can’t believe you’re gone. You cared for me and my family in a way that is hard to come across these days. Your generosity helped us through some difficult times and I always was and still am so grateful for that and for you. It hurts to have you gone so suddenly but I am so lucky to have had you in my life and my family. You will be remembered.


April 12, 2021 11:58 PM

Jo, you had a great husband and I’m so glad you experienced that love. Nothing I can say can take away your pain. So know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sanford Wood

April 8, 2021 10:28 AM

I didn't know Fredrick. I knew Rick. He was a good boss at LSUE. I was sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to Jo.

Heather Fruge

April 7, 2021 1:43 PM

Breaks my heart to hear of his passing. He was such a good man. He would bring everyone donuts at the dealership when servicing his vehicle. Jo you are in my thoughts and prayers. I'm just a phone call away.

Drew Detraz

April 6, 2021 12:58 PM

My deepest condolences to Jo and family. May nothing but good memories comfort you during this difficult time. Dr. Blackburn was a friend and will be missed. 

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