Loving husband, father, grand-father, and great-grandfather, Arthur Thomas "Art" Blair, Jr., age 91, passed away November 17, 2012. Born on July 27, 1921, in Fort Worth, TX, Art was a resident of Dallas and Duncanville and a member of the Duncanville Church of Christ for many years. He loved and was loved by his family and many, many friends. He was always light-hearted, upbeat, and quick with a laugh. Art served the Army Air Corp as a 2nd Lt. during WWII and then worked for the US post office for 37 years as a letter carrier, retiring as a supervisor. After his family and church, Art's life centered on officiating amateur sports. He worked as a high school and college baseball umpire for over 30 years. His career behind the plate included officiating for the 1970 College World Series, many Regional NCAA baseball tournaments, and multiple Texas UIL state baseball championships. Art served as the official rules interpreter for the Southwest Conference (SWC) and Texas UIL baseball programs, supervised the SWC program for umpires, completed terms as President for regional and Texas officiating associations, and in 1999, was inducted into the National Amateur Baseball Umpires' Hall of Fame. The Art Blair Classic Varsity Invitational Tournament is hosted each March by Duncanville HS Panther Baseball and sponsored by their Baseball Booster Club and the Texas Association of Sports Officials. Art was preceded in death by his loving wife of 69 years, Wanda Rea Blair. He is survived by his children: daughter, Chris Rea Harlow and husband Terry; son, Tom Blair and wife Dianne; daughter, Charlotte Wren Pevoto and husband, Rod; grand-children, Craig Harlow, J. T. Blair and Brittany, Libby Rea Ratliff and Jason, Russ Pevoto, Michael Blair and Melissa, and Sean Pevoto and Jenni; great-grandchildren, Drew and Hilary Harlow; Ryker, Mace, and Hawke Ratliff; Brodie and Brooklyn Blair; and Joseph Thomas Pevoto due to arrive soon; brother, James Blair; and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Visitation begins at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, (TODAY), November 20, with funeral service to follow at 2 p.m. at the Jaynes Memorial Chapel. Burial will be at Laurel Land Cemetery.
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Nov. 20, 2012