OBITUARY

Donald Eugene Blair

April 25, 1943October 4, 2021

Donald Eugene Blair died at the age of 78 on October 4, 2021 in Papillion, Nebraska where he resided with his daughter and family.

Don was born in Providence, Rhode Island to Frances and Willis Blair. He was the fourth child in a big family. His siblings are Willis, Joan, Bobby, Frank, Tommy, Gerry, Glen, Jackie, Dan, and Pat. He was a loving husband to Olive (married for 50 years) and had four children Donald, Dwayne, Maria and Belinda. Don and Olive struck out on their own away from family in their early years of marriage and moved to Colorado. They went on many adventures and loved fishing in their spare time. Don was an excellent chef and owned his own restaurant for many years. Don and Olive were foster parents and had assisted children in crisis for 21 years. They have fostered over 200 children during their time as both temporary and long-term placement. They have two foster children that they consider their own, Tino and Kathy. Donald was a character. He loved performing and playing the guitar. He never missed an opportunity to do karaoke, share a drink, tell a story or to play pool. Upon retiring, Don and Olive moved to Nebraska to be closer to family. Don performed with the Papillion Singing Seniors, was a master gardener and could often be found feeding birds, turkeys and any strays that he happened upon. His love for animals and commitment to their care sustained him after losing Olive.

Don is rejoicing with his wife Olive (2017) and grandson Derek (2016) along with many others he loved.

He is survived by his children, Donald (Jenise), Maria (Derek) Laney, Dwayne, Belinda Brown-Blair; and Grandchildren, Jesse, Marcus, Alex, Zach, Erin, Audrey, Aaric, Kaden and Julien. He will be thoroughly missed.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Monday, October 11, 2021

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Sandra Blair Laflamme

October 6, 2021

He was a great Uncle Donald I remember when we came over my grandma and he was there he played with all of us kids we loved going there to see my Grandmother and uncle’s he will be missed hope he’s with his family in heaven and with my Dad Bill Blair my heart is broken with out them all so sad.

Belinda Brown (Blair)

October 6, 2021

You were not just my dad but played the role of father to your grandsons, Kaden and Julien. As a single mom, your made absolute sure the boys never did without! You worked endless hours and still had the time and energy to be a superb step in dad! I’m also thankful for mom being so loving and giving you and I breaks to enjoy our nights out doing our usual karaoke, pool, drinking, and dancing! We’ve had a life experience rich with the the typical daughter father complexities. I used to be a mommy’s girl but eventually, you ultimately became the one I turned to about everything. The boys are who they are because both you and moms unwavering dedication to assist me with parenting. I’m proud of them and I’m forever thankful we had you. You live on in them as you live on in everyone you interacted with. You have now joined moms long awaited embrace and one day we will be reunited once again. We love you and deeply miss you.

Dorinda Parente

October 6, 2021

As a family friend,I would like to send my condolences and prayers to the Blair family. Most you rest in peace 🙏

Donna Monteleagre

October 5, 2021

Don will always hold a special place at the Papillion Senior Center. He volunteered for many years with the Papillion Singing Seniors, dressed in the the most outrageous costumes for our Papillion Days Parade floats and he always kept us clapping and singing during the Music Jams. He was loved by all, Papillion Senior Center 55+ Club

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY