William (Bill) Blackmore of Delton, MI died on July 19, 2017 at the age of 91 at home surrounded by family. An avid outdoorsman he enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking and being in the beauty of nature. He will best be remembered by his outstanding work as an educator and dedication to the importance of reading for children. His love for the environment was apparent through the way he chose to live and his lifelong work to preserve the beauty of nature for future generations. His passion to preserve our forests were tied to the farm he dearly loved and his leadership in establishing preservation measures locally such as Arbor Day. His hobbies included; reading, master gardener, tying flies, fly fishing and hiking. Bill obtained his Bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and Master's degree from Western Michigan University specializing in reading. Bill was a mentor for youth and adults alike. His career included working for: Kellogg Co., Albion Iron, The Kalamazoo County Court System, Lake Odessa School District and Delton Kellogg Schools where he retired as Director of Curriculum. He is survived by his wife Linda Blackmore, children, step-children and grandchildren. A remembrance gathering will be held on Friday, September 1 from 3:00-5:00 pm at the Orangeville Township Hall, 7350 lindsey road, Plainwell, MI 49080. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: The Michigan Audubon Society www.michiganaudubon.org , The Kalamazoo Gospel Mission www.kzoogospel.org , Mel Trotter Ministries www.meltrotter.org or the charity of your choice.