Former Jackson Hole resident David Michal Blair, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, died Dec. 13 at the age of 67 in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. His family provided the following.
David Blair was born May 27, 1953, in Lodi, California, to Richard Blair and Betty Gemar.
David grew up with his siblings Richard Blair and Patricia Blair until he joined the military after high school.
After serving in the United States Air Force he moved to Challis, Idaho, where he began working for the Forest Service. David attended Aviation School in Pocatello, Idaho, while living with his sister Pat. With this education he became an aviation mechanic with Rocky Mountain Helicopter. That career took David all over the world to places like Thailand, Iran and Hawaii.
David met his wife Carol at Togwotee Mountain Lodge in Wyoming. Years later they raised a family just south of where they met in Jackson Hole. David loved to ski, turkey hunt, take the boat out on the water and, above all, fly-fish. You could often find him spending hours playing board games with his grandson Ryley while sharing countless jokes with everyone that will be told forever.
David is survived by his wife of 40 years Carol Blair of Sandpoint, Idaho. His two sons and their wives, Matthew Blair (McKenzie Blair) of Bedford, Pennsylvania, and Adam Blair (Kristie Blair) of Coeur D’Alene. David was blessed with three grandchildren: Ryley, Lanie and Maxx. David’s surviving siblings are Richard Blair of Stanley, Idaho, and Pat Hinojosa of Lodi. He will be remembered by many nephews, nieces, cousins, extended family and many loving friends.
David’s kind heart, spirit of adventure, curiosity for life and all of the people in it is surrounding his loved ones and will continue to be felt for those of us who were honored to share in his spirit.
A service was held Sunday at the Sandpoint Church of God. There will be another celebration of life in Challis, Idaho, in the spring of 2021.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the David Blair Memorial Fund at Columbia Bank. Call 208-263-0505 or mail to P.O. Box 967, Sandpoint, ID 83864, Attn: Elma Winget, account executive.