Frank (Buzz) Blair
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Frank (Buzz) Blair, 81 of Salinas, passed away Wednesday, September 18, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. Buzz was born December 9, 1931, in Sioux City, Iowa.
He was one of four children of Ray and Harriet Blair. He grew up on farms in Bristol, S.D., then Lily, S.D., where he started high school and played basketball. In his senior year, the Lily High School basketball team upset power house team Webster High, a game still talked about today! He continued playing basketball in college and in the service. In high school, he started dating Maxine Ann Lynch, whom he married on December 8, 1951. They were blessed with almost 62 years of marriage!
Buzz attended college at Huron S.D. for two years, then married Maxine, and joined the U.S. Army. After two years in the Army, Buzz moved to Aberdeen, S.D. and attended Northern State Teachers College. After graduating, he and Maxine moved to Conde, S.D., then Doland, S.D., where he taught and coached for six years. Buzz and Max moved to Salinas in 1962 with seven children and one on the way! He taught P.E. and coached at El Sausal Middle School for 18 years, Alisal High for three years, and Mt. Toro High for nine years. He received his Masters Degree at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. He attended each summer for three years from 1968-70, taking his wife and all his children with him!
Buzz was a member and attended Madonna Del Sasso Church for more than 50 years. He was a member of the American Legion Post 31, and was Post Commander from 1992-1993 and served many years on the Executive Board. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and Elks Lodge. He met so many good friends through those memberships.
Buzz was blessed with many, many life-long friends whom he loved dearly. Buzz loved watching all sports and loved going to all his children's and grandchildren's sporting events. His favorite past time was spending time with family, playing bridge with his close family and friends. He also loved to travel and visit family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marilyn Duell; and brother, Allyn Blair.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Maxine; sister, Carolyn Woodward; and his children, Carmen (John) Kloncz, Connie (Rod) Wadsworth, Owen (Linda) Blair, Paul (Gloria) Blair, Kevin Blair, Tammy (Joseph) Hernandez, Joan Molina, David (Anna) Blair; 14 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren, and more than 60 nieces and nephews!
Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, October 6, 2013, at Madonna Del Sasso Church.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 7, 2013, at Madonna Del Sasso Church.
A gathering of family and friends will follow at the American Legion Post 31.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
or donors favorite charity.
Online condolences to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Published in The Salinas Californian from Sept. 25 to Oct. 3, 2013