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Matthew Blackmon, 58, of Llano, Texas, passed through Heaven’s gates on August 26, 2020, after a long illness. He was born August 28, 1961, in Jal, New Mexico. 

Matthew was a proud, 40-year truck driver. He loved driving big rigs. His longtime job of driving was attributed to his dad, Gill Blackmon, since he was a child riding on the “dog house” with his dad. Matthew always appreciated his dad, Gerry Tucker, and Henry Buttery for instilling truck driving in his life. His other passion was fishing the Llano river, and he walked the river many days. 

He lost a lot of years of being with his family while on the road, but his love stayed strong for his family. He was so proud of all of his children: Jesse, Cody, Amanda, and especially his loyal companion to the end, little Bentley. 

Matthew was also a longtime member of the Sandhills Rattlesnake Club in West Texas, where he enjoyed roundups and shows to raise money for charities. 

In 2005, he felt he had met his soulmate and true love in Penny. Their love was unique for one another. She was by his side for comfort, encouragement, and support. They totally upheld their vows for one another “until death do us part.” 

Our lives have been fuller knowing Matthew. He did feel he led a full life. His faith was his foundation for seeing through the good and bad that happens in life. 

May God Speed Matthew and Rest in Peace.

Matthew was preceded in death by his father, Gill Blackmon.

Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Penny Sue Reed Blackmon; two sons, Jesse Blackmon (Jennifer) of Graham, Texas, and Cody Blackmon of Llano, Texas; a special daughter, Amanda Weiss Davis (Bo) of Llano, Texas; grandchildren, Adrian, Madyson, James, Mairyn, and Destin; four brothers, Mark Blackmon (Lawanda) of Andrews, Michael Blackmon (Norma) of Andrews, Monte Blackmon (Blaise) of Andrews, and Jonathan Connelly (Courtney) of Louisiana; two sisters, Beth Lewis (August) of Andrews and Christy Mallis (Shawn) of Dallas; two stepbrothers, Shawn Hill and Prentice Hill of Andrews, Texas; mother, Lyndal Awbrey of Graham; special brother and fishing partner, Jeromy Morrison (Casey) of Kingsland, Texas; special “friend” cousin, Doug Awbrey; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date, following a private burial.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home of Llano. Condolences may be emailed to