Building A Legacy

We had a fantastic premium sale in Atoka this last weekend and I was proud to be a part of it. The kids worked extremely hard and represented themselves, their livestock, their families and their communities well. However, let me tell you about someone I consider an auction legend in Southern Oklahoma.

When I was a kid I can only remember one auctioneer at every pie auction and county premium sale. I remember a few key characteristics about this individual and one of them was he never started a benefit without first saying the pledge of allegiance. Coincidentally he gave me my first paying auction job. Then this last weekend March 2nd I got to be apart of honoring his legacy. David Blackburn has been a staple auctioneer in Atoka County, Oklahoma.

It is estimated he started selling livestock for our local jr livestock show somewhere in the 1974 or 1975 ish range. It is also estimated that in his 40 plus years of raising money for 4H and FFA youth livestock exhibitors in Atoka county. This year I was able to be there and work with David as he sold all the Grand Champions at this year’s show.

It is events like this that make being an auctioneer fun. There are few things worthwhile like raising money for kids, especially kids in 4H and FFA. I was proud to work alongside David and I am humbled that David was my first paying auctioneer job. No his legacy is not being the wealthiest man alive, but his legacy is giving back to his community. No one can be disappointed in this legacy. So from Sandmann Auction LLC Thank you, David Blackburn, for the years of dedication and service to our community and our kids.

Till next time,