This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Katherine Blackburn, 78 years old, born on April 19, 1942, and passed away on February 12, 2021. We will remember her forever. You may also want to visit Jerry's personal memory site dedicated to her at ,
Posted by Ann Tack McClure on September 24, 2022
You are definitely missed by all. Jerry always brings your name up to our Engineering group. He loves you so much. I miss that beautiful smile and laugh. May you be with God in all His glory
Posted by Mike Blackburn on September 21, 2022
Was thinking of you all day today....
miss you so much!
Posted by Mike Blackburn on April 20, 2022
Happy Birthday Mom!
I miss you so much!
I love you,
Posted by Ann Tack McClure on April 19, 2022
Happy Heavenly 80th Birthday! Hope you are celebrating in style. We all miss you here and may God will always take care of you. You are a very special person. Love Ann
Posted by Gerald Blackburn on April 19, 2022
Good morning Sweetheart, Happy Birthday. Another special day for us to share. We miss you physically here with us but can feel you in our hearts and are so grateful for all that you do for us. I wish
I could join all the family there with you in your celebration but will offer you all my love and prayers on this special day. May God Bless you and us and our eternal destiny. With all my love for always and forever, Your Jerry!
Posted by Fred Blackburn on February 12, 2022
Reflecting on the past year. A moment in time can change all future moments, whether that moment was positive or negative, to one’s being. The moment may whither away as the majority will or it will be etched for eternity into the soul. When sharing a soul with others life goes on with the mutual soul. Kathy and Jerry have a mutual soul and their lives will forever be special. The traditional marriage vows should have the words ‘until death do us part’ removed because when you share a soul you will never be apart. We miss you Kathy. Jerry we love you both. Fred and Sandie
Posted by Ann Tack McClure on February 12, 2022
Can’t believe you departed us a year ago. I think if you often and miss your happy face at the Engineering luncheons. You are truly missed and we all love you. God bless and we will see you one day. Love you Ann Tack McClure
Posted by Gerald Blackburn on February 12, 2022
I miss her so much every day but I also enjoy the memories and love we still share of an eternal destiny as soulmates on this life journey. My career in space exploration has taught me that it is through the failures we experience the greatest success. Death is no longer for me something to be feared but an opening door to continuing our journey through eternity.
As Kathy and I reflect today on the one-year anniversary of her death, the pain and the grief of our loss does not diminish. It remains and will forever. We do find that we have learned to find new ways to continue to live and grow on our eternal journey. The struggle and need for answers to how? And why? Remain like open wounds that may never heal. An answer that we share in for now with millions of our fellow souls and victims of this Pandemic is the “Failure of Trust” over the past two years. Katherine has a much deeper perspective of what happened last February and has shared with me her loving comment, “It is What it is! “.
Posted by Ted Mayeshiba on February 12, 2022
I am encouraged when I look out on the landscape and notice many more butterflies. I can't help but wonder and think that Kathy has a hand in their recovery in this area. I see one and take a moment to remember the impact of Kathy's life on all the projects that we worked on together. 
Posted by Gerald Blackburn on February 6, 2022
Hello my sweetheart, In two days we will celebrate 58 years of Blissful marriage. This past year has been very difficult and I miss you here with me so much. Our journey so far has been beyond anything I could have imagined or hoped for. You have made it so special for us. I try each day to continue to add to it with love and dreams of what we will be able to do with the rest of our eternity together. I love you so much and wait for your touch again. God Bless Us, Your Jerry
Posted by Eric King on April 21, 2021
Early in my career at Rockwell Downey, I joined the National Management Association and it didn't take long for me to cross paths with Jerry and Kathy. NMA became my work family and always in regular attendance was Jerry and Kathy. Jerry was all business, but Kathy was the fun one. I recall she always had a story to tell, and smile, and good wishes as we departed and went our separate ways. Let me return the favor...Kathy thanks for the time you blessed us on this earth and know that the warmth you showed me and my wife Sheila always put a smile on our faces. The world is better because you were part of it.
Posted by Fred Blackburn on April 19, 2021
Traditionally we give gifts on your birthday, but today and forever you gave us the greatest gift of precious memories. Happy Birthday Kathy, we miss you Fred and Sandie
Posted by Gerald Blackburn on April 19, 2021
Happy Birthday My sweetheart. I am so glad that I have been able to spend 58 of you 79 birthday's with you. Each and everyone has been so precious for me. With each one my love for you grew. I am so glad that you are able to spend this one with your parents and friends in heaven. Please remember our love is eternal and we will continue our journey together.
With All My Love for Always and Forever!
Your Jerry
Posted by Gerald Blackburn on April 8, 2021
Katherine hosted a beautiful Easter Brunch for her family. I am so glad that we have been blessed with such a wonderful and loving family. It is still very difficult to get through these days without her being here next to me. I am glad she is here with me in spirit to guide and remind me that our love connection goes beyond the dimensions of our separation. We will continue to move forward to a reuniting for eternity.
Katherine I LOVE You for Always and Forever
Posted by Fred Blackburn on March 11, 2021
It’s been a month now that Kathy passed away and I’m still trying to gather my thoughts. My first thoughts were, Jerry I’m so sorry about what has happened, but to me that was not enough to say. The initial shock of the news was Kathy is no longer with us and will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her and Jerry. Kathy and Jerry together accumulated a plethora of accomplishments. They found love for each other and created a beautiful family. But it goes beyond that because as husband and wife they were very successful in sharing their love, knowledge and ideas with the world. To say Kathy will be missed is an understatement, rather Sandie and I lost a beautiful ‘sister-in-law’. We love you Kathy and Jerry.
Posted by Judith Arslancan on March 8, 2021
I will always remember Kathy being so helpful and friendly while talking to her at the monthly Pioneers of Aerospace series. She will be missed very much.
Posted by Ann Tack McClure on February 28, 2021
I have known Kathy for many years because of my association with her husband, Jerry, for many years at Rockwell/Boeing. She was one of the nicest and respected women I knew. She lite up a room when you walked in. She never said a bad word about anyone. She would listen to me and I respected her opinions. I will miss her. I offer my sincere sympathy and prayers to Jerry and his beautiful family. May God always watch over all of you
Posted by Gerald Blackburn on February 25, 2021
For those who are interested in a more personal and celebration view of Katherine's life and journey of 78 years please visit her website at:


A virtual world of memories.
Posted by Gerald Blackburn on February 22, 2021
Kathy is now out of L.A. and the Coroner's Facility. She is in the professional Care of White Mortuary in Azuza. These challenging times are making it difficult for many to provide services for their loved ones. My family and I are hoping for a memorial service to be scheduled for next month. We will keep everyone informed. In the meantime please share your memories here and visit Katherines Webpage at;
Thank You for all your condolences.
Posted by Chuck Lowry on February 19, 2021
What a fine lady! So many times when Jerry and I came together, precious Kathy was there--supporting what ever was going on. I always looked forward to seeing and talking with her. So special. Jerry and family, please always know you are loved by so many out here, and we share your sorrow. 
Posted by William Simone on February 19, 2021
A true friend is never truly gone. Their spirit lives on in the memories of those who loved them.

I am so sorry for your loss.
Posted by Sharon Blackburn on February 19, 2021
There is a new extra bright shining star in the sky. My Mom is absolute LOVE. She gave all her love 100% and got it back a million%! My Mom was my greatest listener, supported all my creative endeavors and taught me SO many life lessons. I am proudly my Mothers Daughter. She has left the planet but she is forever showering her love on everyone!
Posted by Ted Mayeshiba on February 18, 2021
Kathy always brightened a room upon entering. Gerry and I have worked together on many councils, boards and other volunteer groups. I looked forward to having Kathy there as an ex-offico member because she always made the meetings more pleasant. Her bright demeanor, and gentle prodding to keep us on track if we were having too much fun, always added to our meetings. I cannot imagine being with Gerry without Kathy. Her light will fortunately be around us always. In everything we see and do, we will be reminded of her bright personality. She lives on within all of us. I am a better person for having known her and been blessed by her presence. 
Posted by John Toulios on February 17, 2021
I first had the pleasure of meeting Kathy about 10 years ago when she and Jerry presented a new program to my campus. I can't express how much of an amazing influence both that program and Kathy brought not only to my students, but to my staff and myself. She was quickly part of our family, always bringing a smile to us all. She carried herself with Grace and good humor. She will be sorely missed. I will forever be better for knowing her even if it was only for a short time. My condolences to her family and friends... I'd like to leave you with a little advice I ran across that has helped me through, it's a bit long and I don't know where it originated, but it's always helped:

“Alright, here goes. I’m old. What that means is that I’ve survived (so far) and a lot of people I’ve known and loved did not. I’ve lost friends, best friends, acquaintances, co-workers, grandparents, mom, relatives, teachers, mentors, students, neighbors, and a host of other folks. I have no children, and I can’t imagine the pain it must be to lose a child. But here’s my two cents.”

“I wish I could say you get used to people dying. I never did. I don’t want to. It tears a hole through me whenever somebody I love dies, no matter the circumstances. But I don’t want it to ‘not matter.’ I don’t want it to be something that just passes. My scars are a testament to the love and the relationship that I had for and with that person. And if the scar is deep, so was the love. So be it.”

“Scars are a testament to life. Scars are a testament that I can love deeply and live deeply and be cut, or even gouged, and that I can heal and continue to live and continue to love. And the scar tissue is stronger than the original flesh ever was. Scars are a testament to life. Scars are only ugly to people who can’t see.”

“As for grief, you’ll find it comes in waves. When the ship is first wrecked, you’re drowning, with wreckage all around you. Everything floating around you reminds you of the beauty and the magnificence of the ship that was, and is no more. And all you can do is float. You find some piece of the wreckage and you hang on for a while. Maybe it’s some physical thing. Maybe it’s a happy memory or a photograph. Maybe it’s a person who is also floating. For a while, all you can do is float. Stay alive.”

“In the beginning, the waves are 100 feet tall and crash over you without mercy. They come 10 seconds apart and don’t even give you time to catch your breath. All you can do is hang on and float. After a while, maybe weeks, maybe months, you’ll find the waves are still 100 feet tall, but they come further apart. When they come, they still crash all over you and wipe you out.

But in between, you can breathe, you can function. You never know what’s going to trigger the grief. It might be a song, a picture, a street intersection, the smell of a cup of coffee. It can be just about anything…and the wave comes crashing. But in between waves, there is life.”

“Somewhere down the line, and it’s different for everybody, you find that the waves are only 80 feet tall. Or 50 feet tall. And while they still come, they come further apart. You can see them coming. An anniversary, a birthday, or Christmas, or landing at O’Hare. You can see it coming, for the most part, and prepare yourself.

And when it washes over you, you know that somehow you will, again, come out the other side. Soaking wet, sputtering, still hanging on to some tiny piece of the wreckage, but you’ll come out.”

“Take it from an old guy. The waves never stop coming, and somehow you don’t really want them to. But you learn that you’ll survive them. And other waves will come. And you’ll survive them too. If you’re lucky, you’ll have lots of scars from lots of loves. And lots of shipwrecks.”

Posted by Chi Ni on February 16, 2021
Kathy always had such a joyful and happy soul. Any event that included her always ended in a fun story and laughter. It is with great sorrow to have her leave us. I will forever miss her energy, her courage, her wit, and everything about her. I am very thankful to have her be part of my life.
Posted by Mike Blackburn on February 15, 2021
Where do I start? She is my Mom.... everything I am today is because of her and my Dad. I still can't believe she is gone, everywhere I look I see her or a part of her that she left behind, I see it in the house I live in, I see her in my kids, I see her in Frank.... She is everywhere! I'm going to miss holding her hand as we talk about baseball or how my day went, I'm going to miss walking her down the drive way, I'm going to miss trying to clean the house in 15 minutes because she's on her way over... I have a lifetime of memories to hold on to. She will forever live in my heart and the hearts of all those that she touched. I miss you so much, and i will always Love you!
Posted by Gerald Blackburn on February 14, 2021
This is not the way I planned to spend my Valentines Day. My world has been shattered in the past 72 hours. There is a hole in my soul that will never be filled. I am so grateful for my children and grandchildren who have been here for me and continue to remind me also of Kathy's gifts to us all by just being here. While are words are so hollow compared to the symphony of her life. My 57 years with her are the most precious time of my time here on this planet.
Thank you to my valentines Sydney and Sharon for saving my Day. and Happy Valentines Day My Kathy wherever you are.
Posted by Samantha Blackburn on February 14, 2021
How do i think of one memory that stand out when they all mean something? From trips to the grocery store where grandma hands me the note pad and pen and says check things off as we go knowing full well I'm adding cookies to the list, or waking up on a Saturday to the sound of the vaccum because Saturday was cleaning day. Or vacations or concert in the park with strawberry shortcake. Learning how to make crackers and Christmas cookies so many traditions .. She taught me so much and she was the best grandma I could ever have asked for. she would always hold my hand and walk with me and talk about whatever was happening. I will miss her for the rest of forever. I love her so much ❤️
Posted by Gerald Blackburn on February 13, 2021
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Posted by Gerald Blackburn on February 13, 2021
The pain in my heart and loss in my soul can never be changed. We have lost a most precious gift. Kathy was and is my life. If she entered your life you were part of her forever. Living with her as spouse and soul mate made me the luckiest man alive. She made everyone she met feel special and personal. Each of us shares this journey called life and it is family that makes the journey worth it. We all will reach the same destination. Embrace each and every minute of your journey to share with those who have yet to finish theirs.

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Posted by Ann Tack McClure on September 24, 2022
You are definitely missed by all. Jerry always brings your name up to our Engineering group. He loves you so much. I miss that beautiful smile and laugh. May you be with God in all His glory
Posted by Mike Blackburn on September 21, 2022
Was thinking of you all day today....
miss you so much!
Posted by Mike Blackburn on April 20, 2022
Happy Birthday Mom!
I miss you so much!
I love you,
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Our Garden of Love

As Kathy and I began the journey of raising our family, we became consumed with the daily challenges and tasks it requires. I also had a career to build to fuel our plans and efforts. I continued going to school evenings and she was the one managing the house, the kids and me. Each of us had our roles but it was doing it together that became our reward and goal. Our communication and love grew during these years. As the children moved on we had more time to share. Out of that time grew seedlings of future dreams to explore our love even more. I sit in that garden alone now watching it to continue to grow and still needing nurturing but my days are wanning and that rythym of love that Kathy and I shared together has been interrupted. She was the greatest part of building this garden we both embraced working on it together and sharing even the simple things, the touch of our hands, a wink and a smile and most that laugh she would give when she was pleased. Our memories, her children, grandchildren and our friends are her legacy of love to us all. Our garden will continue to grow as long as we keep and hold her memory. Katherine I will remember you for eternity.  J

A Family Affair

Kathy and I started our journey knowing family would be what hold our life together besides our love for each other. Sharon started us with the realization of the new responsibilities that went with caring for a new person in our lives. Stephen followed a few years later and we were on our way. Those joyous days are precious memories to me now. In 1970 Michael Robert joined the clan. He survived the new love of his brother and sister and of course was the baby of the family, and still is. Kathy and I chose one goal for raising these beautiful children, we would help them find their own happiness. Each of them did and we are so proud of them and their legacies to their families and so many others. That alone should be a satisfying accomplishment but it is now in this incredible time of grief for me that I truly realize the value of family and friends in the support to me and the memory of Kathy.

Soulmates Meet

In February of 1963 Gerald Blackburn and Katherine Miller met on a weekend trip with the CYO group at Lake Gregory. This was the begining of a year long courtship and bonding of two special souls. Jerry was an engineer on rocket ride to an aerospace career, Kathy was working as a biller for a glass company. They soon realized their stars and dreams were bringing their visions together. By Christmas of 1963 Jerry had proposed marriage Kathy accepted on February 8th 1964 they were wed. They honeymooned in Carmel and by November the family was launched with the birth of Sharon Marie.
Recent stories

California Dreamin'

Shared by Gerald Blackburn on April 19, 2022
Both of us growing up in California, loved the coast and the beaches. We loved introducing each of the children to the sun, surf and sand. Here Sharon dip's her toes at Dana Point.
Shared by Chuck Lowry on February 12, 2022
A few years ago Gerry and others were invited to participate on a board at Griffith Observatory.  I drove there but found myself totally lost in the crowd.  Didn't know where to go or who to see.  But I remember spotting Kathy across a crowded room and I knew everything would be OK.  She had it all organized.  She was that way.  Kathy was always helpful in times like that.  Always such a wonderful lady, so loving, caring, and kind.  I miss seeing her.

My Grandma

Shared by Sydney Blackburn on February 15, 2021
I miss you so much that my heart hurts. But that’s because we shared so much love. Thank you for being the most amazing grandma I could ask for. 

I will never forget the smile on your face when I introduced you to my daughter, and told you she was named after you. I’m so glad she shares your name.