Blackthorn adds new color to postmaster's office

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By Robin Bass

Donna Blackthorn recently joined the staff at the Taylorsville Post Office as the new postmaster. She replaced Interim Postmaster Sandy Deapen who was filling the spot temporarily after David Jones left the postmaster position last December.

Blackthorn brings with her 30 years experience with the United Postal Service, beginning as a distribution window clerk in St. Matthews in 1979. Since then, she has served in a variety of positions including payroll, accounting and information technology (IT), where she has worked for the past 17 years.

“I love the post office,” said Blackthorn. “I always have.”

Blackthorn said she followed her father’s lead after seeing how much he loved going to work each day as a postal carrier. Don Francke gave nearly 50 years of his life to the job before he passed away. He also involved the entire family in delivering newspapers for a span of nine years to help pay Catholic grade school tuition for Blackthorn and her 5 siblings.

“He instilled in us a work ethic,” said Blackthorn.

In her first official role as postmaster, Blackthorn said she plans to get the Taylorsville Post Office more involved in the community. She has been invited to speak at a local small business association and hopes to help local entreprenuers enlarge their business through services at the post office. She also is looking to make the community more aware of the long list of services they provide.

Despite being a Bellarmine graduate, Blackthorn said her true loyalties lie with the University of Louisville – particularly the football team. After years of the postmaster’s office being decorated with UK wallpaper, light switch covers and trinkets, she soon plans to add her own touches of black and red.

Blackburn, of Jeffersontown, is the mother of two grown children and has two grandchildren.