Mark Lance Blackwood, 65, of Davenport, formerly of Newton, died Monday, April 3, 2023, at his home. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at the Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory. The family will greet friends from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service and again after the service with a coffee time at the funeral home. Memorials in Mark’s name (checks made payable to Diane Blackwood) may be left at the funeral home.
Mark, the son of Everett and Caroline Blackwood, was born on September 19, 1957 in Des Moines. He grew up in the Newton area and graduated from Newton High School in 1974. On August 28, 1976, Mark was united in marriage with Diane Van Hoosen at the First Baptist Church in Newton. Mark worked in HVAC in many places around Iowa for over 40 years. Much of what Mark learned, he taught himself along with taking classes at area colleges and receiving various trade diplomas. During his career, he worked as a HVAC Engineer and Building Commissioner. In 2003, Mark and Diane made their home in Davenport. While there he owned his own HVAC company “River Place Technologies” for 15 years. Most recently he was working for dbHMS out of Chicago.
Mark was a member of the Great Plains Game Players who enjoyed war gaming. He also liked computer games; especially Civilization and watching history and agricultural documentaries. Mark’s favorite pastime was spending time with his family; cheering them on with all their activities. He was a past member of the Newton Elks Lodge.
Mark is survived by his wife, Diane Blackwood of Davenport; children, Elaine (John) Brassard of Grand Mound and Brett Blackwood of Davenport; his grandchildren, Kayson Blackwood, Jack Brassard, Victoria Brassard, Charlotte Brassard, Georgia Brassard, and Jackson Popp; siblings, Joan (Jerry) Davis of North Vernon, Indiana and Brian Blackwood of Bellingham, Washington; his nieces, Emily Davis and Grace Davis; and many other close family members. He was preceded in death by his parents.
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