Remembering John Blackbird

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2011 Master National President John Blackbird

2011 Master National President John Blackbird

The Master National community has lost a great friend.  Former Master National President John Blackbird, of Mora, Minnesota and longtime field trial and hunt test competitor died suddenly September 9, 2017.

Our deepest sympathies are extended to John’s wife of 34 years Karen and their two sons Joe and Jim. John is also survived by three grandsons, a sister, brothers and nieces and  nephews.

John judged the 2006 Master National and was a founding director  of the Master Amateur Retriever Club and the Greater Minnesota Hunt Test Association.

John retired after 30 years as a member of UAW Local 879 at the Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant.

Memorials for John Blackbird

Pheasants Forever of Kanabec County for youth activities.

Mail checks to Rick Peterson, 2418 300th Ave, Brook Park, MN 55007 (320) 679-1228
Note: In the memo area of the check, add John Blackbird.


Gifts in memory of Mr. John Blackbird can be made to the Mayo Clinic in support of Alzheimer’s Disease Research.

Family and friends can made a donation to Mayo Clinic by phone, online or by mail.
By phone – They can call 1-855-852-8129 to talk with one of our Gift Processing Associates who can take their donation securely over the telephone.

Online –
– Next to the designation field, they can select Alzheimer’s Disease Research from a drop down menu
– Under “tribute information” they can indicate it is a memorial gift and write in the name John Blackbird. 
Mail – They can send in a check to Mayo Clinic Department of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905
– In the memo line of the check or on a separate note have them indicate that the donation is in memory of John Blackbird and in support of Alzheimer’s Disease Research.

Notification letters will be mailed to Mrs. Karen Blackbird when memorial gifts are made. Those will be mailed to 1783 Johnsons Cartway, Mora, MN.

View John’s Obituary:




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3 Responses to Remembering John Blackbird

  1. Bonnie Wright says:

    Please let me know of funeral arrangements Great man an teacher of the dog world and Godly. Will be missed! Honored to run my dogs under him and selected as the 2008 Master National Test dog thanks to John.

  2. Roger Fuller says:

    I always respected this man and enjoyed getting to visit with him.

  3. Mary Williams says:

    One of my favorite folks. He was our Chiief Marshal when I judged the MN. His leadership was super. I will always remember John with great respect and appreciation.


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