William Jonathan Blackwood

Apr 08, 1953 - May 18, 2020


William Jonathan Blackwood, 67, of Austin, Texas, passed away the morning of Monday, May 18, 2020 in Austin Seton Medical Center. Jonathan was born in Little Rock, Arkansas to Harold and Bonnie Blackwood on April 8, 1953. Jonathan went to High School at North Little Rock High and graduated in...

William Jonathan Blackwood

April 08, 1953 - May 18, 2020

Cynthia Morgan May 30, 2020

I came to New York to work in a bigtime computer magazine, a terrified stranger in one of the strangest lands of all. I had no idea what to do, what to write, who to talk to. I couldn't even pronounce "proscuitto." Jonathan opened his arms for a welcome hug, and from that moment I knew it would be fine. That first year he talked me down off the ceiling more times than I care to remember. When he told me that he and Dean were moving to Austin, all I could think was that this gentle, man-about-town was moving to the land of bigots and liable to get them both killed. "Cynthia," he said, trying not to roll his eyes, "Austin is NOT like that, there's art and music and we'll be fine." Of course they were, and when I was down that way we'd have dinner and chat about his life as a pseudo-Texan. When he told me he was leaving editorial for teaching, I thought, "God, he's going to be the most incredible teacher..." and he was. He's been an encouraging voice in the background for years, and I'm going to miss the hell out of him. Ave, Jonathan. Dean, if there's something you need, please let me know.

Paula Marks May 26, 2020

Dean and other family, Jonathan was simply one of the kindest, thoughtful, most authentic people I have ever met. Dean, you probably recall that I was fortunate to work with him in the MLA program at St. Edward's, and the whole program was graced by his presence and gifts. What a loss to a world so in need of just this kind of human being! Peace and grace as you navigate life without him.

Corliss Connelly May 26, 2020

Words can never express how much Jonathan will be missed. He was so bright in both spirit and mind and was a loving partner in life to my brother, Dean.
I will always count myself lucky to have known him. Love you, Jonathan!

David Blegen May 26, 2020

Johnathan was always a delight to be around! Full of joy, great stories, and laughter! I will miss you my Friend! My Condolences to Dean and all of the Family!

Mary Wasiak May 26, 2020

Jonathan was an extraordinary man. Brilliant, generous, funny and kind, he was a joy as a friend and colleague. I extend my condolences to Dean, Jonathan's family and his dear friends. This is a heartbreaking loss.
Mary Wasiak

Sissy Camacho Anderson May 24, 2020

Jonathan was such a kind, generous and gentle person. He had so much to offer us and taught us to be kind to one another. In this time of great sorrow, I offer Dean and the rest of Jonathan’s family, condolences and prayers. Jonathan will be missed.
Sissy Camacho Anderson

Victoria Smothers May 21, 2020

There is nothing to be said which could adequately commemorate or describe the wonderful being that was Jonathan.

I am fortunate to have known him and treasure the wonderful times spent with him and Dean in New York as well as in later years when they came to Arkansas to visit family.

I will hold on to the many positive memories of him as the beautiful, flawed human he was (which he embraced), who was taken from us much too soon. I will take comfort in my memories of Jonathan as an incomparable friend we will dearly miss.

I love you Dean and am here to support you in whatever way you need. ❤️ - Victoria

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