William Michael Blackard, 72, passed peacefully away on May 6, 2019, in Marble Falls, Texas.
Born in Uvalde, Texas, on October 16, 1946, he was raised in Corpus Christi and attended Central Park Elementary, South Park Junior High, and Mary Carroll High School, where he played clarinet in the Tiger Band. He graduated in 1965.
Mike attended the University of Texas and received his Bachelor of Arts in psychology and sociology on May 28, 1970, from Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas.
He was an active member at First Christian Church in Corpus Christi before moving to Austin. He served on church committees and in choral and music programs, continuing his lifetime love of music. He was a member of the Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir, and Renaissance Reeders, playing his recorder in tights in the Boars Head and Yule Log Festival.
He had a long career in the social work and human resources fields, working in McAllen, Corpus Christi, Fort Worth, and Austin. He worked in career counseling, unemployment claims, foster care, adoption studies, day care licensing, and contract management for day care and Welfare to Work Services. He was admired by his friends and coworkers as well as the children and families he served for his compassion, kindness, humor, and dedication to the programs he served.
He retired in October 2000 to his long-dreamed-of lake home. There, he spent his retirement years with beloved friends and neighbors, The Geezers, family, and grandchildren. He enjoyed kayaking and puttering and traveling (once he was convinced to go).
Preceded in death by his parents, Marie and O’Neal Blackard, brother Robert Blackard, and nephew Jeffrey Blackard, he is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Julie Blackard (Buchanan Dam); daughters, Anna and Amy Blackard (Austin); four grandchildren, Maddi, Jadyn, Evie, and Liam (Austin); and numerous nephews, cousins, and in-laws.
The family wishes to thank the nursing and staff of Kingsland Hills Care Center and Baylor Scott and White-Marble Falls ICU and surgical units for their tender loving and compassionate care provided to Mike during his brief time in both facilities.
Celebration of Life will be held on June 1 at 2 p.m. at the family home. Please dress appropriately for outdoors. The Rev. Don Kuhn will offer words of comfort, scripture, and remembrances of growing up with Mike.