Joel Sharp Black
April 23, 1937 ‒ August 27, 2018
By Joel Sharp Black
I was Joel Sharp Black. I was born April 23, 1937 to Clare Louise Conklin Black and Donald Spencer Black in Mansfield Ohio. I reluctantly departed this world on August 27, 2018. I succumbed to leukemia, but not to its complications (those I beat). I was preceded in death by my mother, father, brother Terrence Charles Black, and sister Ellen Cave Black.
I am survived by my incredible wife of 57 years, Margaret Scott Black, without whose support I would have passed long ago! Also surviving me are my two sons Stephen Spencer Black and John Blymyer Black of whom I am incredibly proud (see Raemelton.com), wonderful daughters-in-law Anne Malinak Black and Karyn Wright, and three unbelievable granddaughters Catherine, Madeline, and Caroline Black. These three young ladies are destined to make a real difference in this world.
I began my education at the Country Day School and Johnny Appleseed Jr High School in Mansfield. I graduated with the class of 1956 from the Salisbury School in Connecticut. In 1960 I received a Bachelors of Science and Engineering from Princeton. My thesis was on Paleo-magnetics—a forerunner to the theories of continental drift and plate tectonics, which is pretty cool. My MBA is from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. After a number of years I returned to the classroom at The Ohio State University, for continuing education in organic chemistry and many agronomy courses.
My professional life started with the Ohio Brass Company, where I worked as a Mining and Transit Engineer, and Factory Budget Manager. After a short time with Revest Corp., a real estate investment company, I moved into farming. In 1970 I started Killydonnell Farm, a standardbred race horse breeding operation. I retired from raising horses in 1996.
I succeeded in failing to fully retire from farming when I joined in the establishment and operation of Raemelton Farm, Adamstown, MD. When not at the farm I served on the pit crew of my four time national champion son, John, as he raced his car at tracks around the country.
I participated on the boards of several organizations through the years which included Friendly House, Richland County Historical Society, Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and the Ohio Standardbred Breeders Assoc.
Several days before my death my Pastor Bruce Haapalainen stopped by to meet the entire family. He asked me if I would like to say a few words at my memorial service. This seemed at the time to be a pretty good idea. After careful review I realized it would probably mean keeping my friends parked in the Chapel for hours so I finally declined his offer.
Bruce will lead a memorial service on Friday August 31st at 11 a.m. in the First Congregational Church, 640 Millsboro Rd., Mansfield, Ohio (due to construction, please use the front doors). Private interment will be in Mansfield Cemetery.
Joel spent an enormous amount of time through the years mowing and maintaining, and behind-the-scenes support of Discovery School and the Art Center. So in lieu of flowers or cards, memorial donations can be made to Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Discovery School, or the Mansfield Art Center, and these may be made at the memorial service or through Snyder Funeral Home, 350 Marion Avenue, 44903.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Black family, and encourage you to share a word of support with them online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com