Douglas Paul Blackmon, “Dr. Doug,” 63, of Terlingua passed away May 19, 2017 at the University Medical Center in Lubbock.
Dr. Doug will be laid to rest with a graveside service at the Ghost Town cemetery, Terlingua at 10am Friday, May 26. A celebration of life follows on “The Porch,” at the Terlingua Trading Post. Attendees are requested to bring a covered dish.
Doug, the last of eight children, learned early the tricks of survival and in his early 20s went to Terlingua and lived as a survivalist for the remainder of his life.
He became known early on as the borderline pseudo psychiatrist who ran the largest open air insane asylum from The Porch at the Terlingua Trading Post where he combined mental health therapy and medicine for a small fee. For the good times, see: http://www.drdougs.com.
Dr. Doug was also featured in “The Badlands,” a film by National Geographic (see dr.dougs.com for site).
Postcards of the doctor can be purchased at the Terlingua Trading Post.
He is survived by his older brothers, Jon Blackmon and Donald Blackmon and by twin sisters, Karyn Trigg and Gale Blackmon Carrington; three sisters-in-law, Sandra True Blackmon, Kathy Hawkins and Marla Williams, and one brother-in-law, Bruce Crane. He leaves behind a multitude of nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews as well as the community of friends and family in Terlingua and beyond.
He was predeceased by his mother and father, John and Eulalia Blackmon, brothers Gene Blackmon and Kent Blackmon.