Bradley James Blackman, of Los Altos Hills, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones on Monday, September 29, 2008 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born on December 31, 1951, Brad lived an entrepreneurial and multifaceted life, actively involved with his family and friends, business, government, and community.
A proud and devoted family man, Brad will be forever remembered as a beloved husband to his wife Carla, a loving father to Mark, Brooke, and Jason, a compassionate son to his father Leonard, a caring brother to his sister Vivian, and a close friend to his brother-in-law Stan Nitzberg, his nephews Jacob and Levi Nitzberg, and Scott Lipton. He was predeceased by his mother Sylvia Rose Blackman and his sister Beverly Lipton.
Brad was born and raised in San Diego, California to a closely-knit family. He was a 1970 graduate of Crawford High School and showed early academic achievement by taking advanced studies at UCSD while in high school. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Santa Barbara in 1973, and began his worldly pursuits by studying overseas at the University of Madrid, Spain, and the University of Bogota, Columbia.
Brad lived his adult life in Northern California, where he extended deep roots into the local and business communities. He and his first wife, Pam, moved from Santa Barbara to the Bay Area in 1974. In Los Altos Hills they raised their two wonderful children, Mark and Brooke. Brad married his lovely wife and best friend, Carla, in August 1999. Brad often referred to Carla as his one true soul mate. He was very proud of and influential in helping raise his loving stepson, Jason Craine.
Brad began his business career with Bank of America in 1974. At the time, he was the youngest bank manager in the history of Bank of America. In 1981, after leaving BofA as Regional Vice President of Real Estate Loan Administration, Brad conceived and co-founded the real estate merchant bank, Blackman, Flynn & Co. The firm co-developed several well-known celebrity dining and hospitality concepts in San Francisco, including Postrio (with celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck), Kuleto's, The Prescott, Villa Florence, and Monticello Inn.
Along with tennis great Charlie Pasarell and the late comedian Alan King, Blackman, Flynn & Co. also co-developed the Indian Wells Grand Champions Resort and the Grand Champions Wailea Resort in Maui.
Over the past ten years together with his wife, Carla, and son, Mark, Brad focused his career in Los Altos at Custom Dreams in Real Estate, a custom home development company he founded with Carla.
Recently, Brad also led the fundraising efforts of the motion picture venture capital fund, Film 7 Entertainment Group. It was Brad's goal to help raise the funds needed to back over 25 feature films to be produced over the next several years.
Brad was also enthusiastically involved with local families and the community through sports coaching and program development. He displayed his passion for sports early in his youth, playing baseball from elementary school and into college. As a coach of soccer, baseball, and basketball, Brad led many teams through numerous championship seasons. In 1994 he was on the host committee responsible for bringing World Cup soccer to Stanford. In his latest endeavor, Brad orchestrated the design and financing plan for Sonoma State University's future baseball stadium.
Brad loved adventure, travel, and leisure, whether with family, friends, or for business. He enjoyed Giants' baseball games, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, white water rafting, and most of all, relaxing on the best beaches around the world. His favorite memories include the family's regular vacations to the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.
Although his life ended at a young age, he packed more adventures, careers, friendships and love into it than most could only dream about. Brad had a real zest for life. He will be deeply missed by those whose lives he touched.
Services were held on Thursday, October 2nd at the Alta Mesa Memorial Park, 695 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306. Memorial donations may be made to the University of California San Francisco Foundation Neuro-Oncology Fund B1573, P.O. Box 45339, San Francisco, CA 94145-0339.