Dale Fair

Dale Fair passed peacefully at the Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons in Aurora, Colo. He was 10 days shy of his 90th birthday. Dale was born in Wichita, Kan. to James Dale Fair, Sr. and Christine Whitlock Fair. He was raised, and spent most of his working life in Wichita. He attended East High School, University of Texas, Wichita State, and Washburn Law School. He served in North Africa and Italy during World War II, and was a captain in the Kansas Air National Guard. He married Jeanne Giggy in 1946 and they had four children. Mr. Fair built custom homes in Wichita in his early career, then was a senior partner in the law firm of Martin, Porter, Pringle, Schell & Fair where he handled the corporate legal affairs of Beech Aircraft culminating in the merger with Raytheon. In 1978 he married Anna Dunne. Upon retiring, Dale built homes at Castle Pines, Colo., then he and Anny moved to Las Cruces, N.M. where Dale built their home in Picacho Hills. Dale was able to pursue his hobbies of golf, gardening and fly-fishing. Mr. Fair was an accomplished lifelong golfer. He won a statewide Kansas golf tournament at the age of 14. He also led the Rome Open during World War II after a first round score of 68, with borrowed clubs. Dale is preceded in death by an infant son, Thomas, and more recently by Anna, his wife of 30 years. He is survived by family who will miss him dearly: son Jim Fair of Michigan; daughter Barbara Holme of New Mexico; son John Fair of Colorado; brother Paul Fair of California; grandchildren Tristan Fair of Kansas, Andy and Willy Fair of Colorado, Tommy Fair of Michigan, Tatiana, Alex and Jack Holme of New Mexico; stepsons Jon Hunner of NMSU, Las Cruces, Pete Hunner of Denmark, and Chuck Hunner of South Carolina, and their children Harley, Tess and Ben. Services will be a private family affair in Kansas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your preferred charity.

Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on July 14, 2013