Alan J. Blackwell, age 74, of Mound, originally of Victoria, Australia, passed away February 7, 2018. He is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Arlene; sister, June McIntyre; and nephew Ian Blackwell. He is survived by wife, Elizabeth; children, Andrew, Sherie (Brett Greenaway), and Michael; grandchildren, Brydon, Jacqueline, Emily, Taleah and Georgia; siblings, Robert, Geoff and Arlene; and other loving relatives. He will be remembered as having an ethic of working hard which stemmed from his childhood experience on his family farm and orchard in Australia, and from his engineering projects in Victoria and during his 40 years in Minnesota. Hobbies were golfing, choir singing, harmonica playing, dancing, and mentoring others in various skills. He is mostly remembered as a knowledgeable conversationalist. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, February 13 at 11:00am at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 2385 Commerce Blvd, Mound, with a visitation beginning at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Our Lady of the Lake Church or the Gillespie Center.