Blair Glover ALEXANDER November 21, 1930 ~ April 6, 2012 Blair Alexander passed away peacefully in Chehalis, Washington after his struggle with Lewey Body Dementia. Many among his loving family were present at his passing. Blair was born in Oakland, California to Earle and Constance Alexander. Outdoor activities defined him. His father introduced him to fly fishing at an early age which became his lifelong passion both personally and professionally. He attended Oakland High School and chose to finish out his senior year in Downieville, California. After obtaining a marketing degree he went to work for Weeks, Howe & Emerson, a sporting goods store in San Francisco. Shortly thereafter, he met and married Barbara Louise Ruebold. Settling in San Francisco and a year after the birth of their first son, they moved to Santa Rosa to raise their children, Walter, Blair, Rick, Trish and Bailey which also put him near his new job with Sunset Line & Twine, where he lead the development of a successful array of Fly Fishing lines. They then moved to Oregon for a short time before moving on to Seattle's Magnolia area in 1966 where Blair worked for Nordby Supply Company, a commercial Fishing Supplier in Seattle. He then applied his marketing and advertising skills for Cossac Caviar & Siberian Salmon Egg Company north of Seattle where he later retired. The day after retirement he visited some friends at Kaufmann Streamborn Fly Shop who were shorthanded so he lent a hand. He was asked to stay on and soon became the shop's manager. When his wife became ill, he retired once again to help with Barbara's quality of life. Several years were spent at the family cabin in Cle Elum where Blair and his children fished the Yakima River and enjoyed its outdoor life. He traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada and also Europe.He left behind lifelong friendships and a large loving family including Walter (daughters, Ryan (great-grandson Rohen) and Lauren), Rick (wife Anna and daughters, Nicole and Danielle), Trish and Bailey (Robert Altinger). Blair was preceded in death by his wife Barbara and son Blair (wife Kirsten and sons Yuri, Zeke and Kai). Those that knew Blair well would know him to possess a great sense of humor with a booming laugh and a friendly smile and a willingness to help others.
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Published in The Seattle Times on May 6, 2012