Curtis Ray Blair(.)

Curtis Ray Blair February 22, 1952 - August 30, 2013 Curtis was born in McFarland, California and was the middle child of three children, sister Nancy Blair Howell (Don) and brother Doug Blair (Pam), born to Vern and Billie Blair. Preceding him was his wife Karen; his dad Vern; and beloved grandparents Bill and Dessie Duckett. Curtis attended McFarland Schools. He earned his GED several years later. He is survived by his two daughters Kristi Kitchen (Butch) and grandson Tyler of Torrance, California and Kimberly Schnell (Steve) and granddaughter Addison Ray of Bakersfield, California; his mother Billie Blair of Bakersfield; special uncle Ron Duckett (Pattie) of Bakersfield; and siblings Nancy and Doug. For many years Curtis struggled with drug addiction. Finally through Teen Challenge and many prayers he became sober. He turned his life around and taught the 12 step program at Teen Challenge and Salvation Army, with God leading his way. He was awarded Poet of the year for several years and has had many poems published. He worked for Global Marina, off shore drilling, and traveled all over the world having many adventures. It was Curtis's wish that there be no services. He chose to be cremated and ashes scattered in favorite spots. He liked to say his mom was his best friend, and that he was a better grandpa then dad. Rest in peace. No more bipolar episodes. He died after one month of brain cancer. Special thanks to Pro Care Hospice and Selena Sherman for her loving care, Bridget for her many meals she delivered, Marybelle, his prayer warrior and special "mom", June for her jellies and delicious cookies. You are loved and appreciated. And Don, brother in law, for all the many many extra's he has done. If you should so choose, a donation in Curtis memory made to Teen Challenge would be a wonderful way to remember him.

Published in Bakersfield Californian on Sept. 5, 2013