Leslie Truman "L.T." Blackmon died peacefully Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, just a few weeks shy of his 94th birthday.
Memorial service: 1 p.m. Wednesday at Winscott Road Funeral Home, preceded by visitation at noon. Please dress in ranch casual for this wonderful rancher, farmer, horseman and friend. Interment: Will be at a later date in Marietta, Okla.
Memorials: The Ranch Brigade, 2800 NE Loop 410, Suite 15, San Antonio, Texas 78218. This program promotes land stewardship and livestock production to the next generation of ranchers or to another charity of choice.
L.T. was born in Love County, Okla., on Dec. 6, 1921, to James and Zamo Blackmon. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps prior to joining the U.S. Army in October 1942. He served in World War II in the 161st Parachute Engineer Company. L.T. made 14 jumps during battles in the Pacific. He was awarded a Purple Heart due to battle injuries in Corregidor. After returning to the U.S., he married Ruby Lee Martin of Marietta, Okla., on Dec. 17, 1945. They became parents of six children. L.T. and his family moved to Aledo in 1962 to manage a ranch for Lon Robinson. In 1965 he accepted a job managing the Fort Worth Horseshoe Club. He retired from the Horseshoe Club in 1983. During his years at Horseshoe Club, Ruby died and he became a single father of six children. He kept his promise to Ruby to keep his family together. His life revolved around his children, grandchildren, Horseshoe Club family and those he brought into his life as family members.
Although he had been a farmer, rancher, horse trainer and truck driver, his favorite job title was Papa. It was a title used not only by his grandkids but also by dozens of others. He was a Papa who always had time for child, old or young, one who always had a ready smile and a hug, and one who always had time to stop, talk and listen.
L.T. was predeceased by his wife, Ruby Martin Blackmon; parents, James and Zamo McAnally; brother, William Blackmon; and sisters, Sythia Mayes, Anna Mayes, Arita Beth Frazier, Odessa Beckus, Bertha Hill, Doris Veach, Clarice Milligan and DeLoyce Buxton Williams,
Survivors: Sister, Maxine Baxter of Tipton, Okla.; children and their spouses, Jackie and Lisa Blackmon, Joye and Mickey Rue, Dennis and Rainey Blackmon, Tom and Linden Blackmon, Jan and Chris Simons, and Jay and Stan Yates; grandchildren and their spouses, Jamie and Joe Branch, Chris and Leslie, Michael Blackmon, Jessica Blackmon, Amy Rue and Robin Michael, Kristi Cashion, Heath Blackmon, Austin and Kaitlin Blackmon, Kyle Blackmon, Jordan Simons, Kelly Simons, Jacqueline and Austin Berkovsky, Riley Seymour, Tayler Seymour, Makenna Seymour, Ryland Yates, Shelton Yates, Crystal Henry, David Simons, Robert Simons, Maggie O'Flinn and Danielle O'Flinn; and great-grandchildren, Jolee, Jaxon, Jase, Jaelyn, Skylar, Paul Joseph, Leslie, Robert Alan, Kincaid and Collin.
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