Donald Dee Blair

October 26, 1933 — October 20, 2021
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Donald Dee Blair

Donald Dee Blair passed away Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at the age of 87, in Deer Lodge, Montana, at The Ivy.

Don was born October 26, 1933, the second of three sons, to William Narcie and Ruth (Hicks) Blair, on the family ranch in Gibson, MT. He attended grade school at the Big Coolie, which was a one room schoolhouse, and graduated from Sweet Grass High School in Big Timber, MT. He joined the United States Air Force in 1951 and was honorably discharged in 1955.

Don married Verna Mack in 1951 and they had four children; Debra (Len) Mingneau of Butte, Vicki (Leonard) Ross, of Anaconda, Terry Blair, of Missoula, and Bruce Blair, of Butte. Don and Verna later divorced, and Don married Margaret Haugland. They also later divorced, but remained friends. After working on the family ranch for years, Don worked for Ed Braaten Trucking. He also drove over the road for Jim Logan, and had 20 years as an insurance agent for Farm Bureau. Don retired from working for the Yellowstone County Refuse Department.

Dad loved horses, team roping with Lou Edwards, playing cards, and socializing w i t h g o o d f r i e n d s . H e remained friends with his childhood friend, Bernard Breeding. Bernard and dad b u r n e d u p t h e p h o n e s between South Dakota and Montana.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers, Jack C Blair, in 1994, and Glenn Blair, in 2020. In addition to his children, Don is blessed to be survived by seven grandchildren; Susie (Frank) Albrecht, of Oshkosh, WI, Justin (Molly) Mosness, of Clancy, Rob Mosness, of Bozeman, Barbara Roberts, of Livingston, and Brooke Becker, Ella Olin, and Jeff Blair, all of Billings; nine great-grandchildren, Ben, Camryn, Dylan, Devin, Rylie, John, Trinty, Querencia, and Briggs; and his nieces Sue Blair, Julie Blair, and nephews, Bill Blair, Ross Blair, and Mark Blair.

No services are planned at this time, but a memorial will be held at a later date. Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements. To view the tribute page and share condolences, visit: www.franzen-davis.com.

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