July 1, 1934 - July 13, 2018
Gary Lee Blair, 84 passed away Friday, July 13, 2018 with his three daughters by his side at his home in Medford, Oregon after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born July 1, 1934 in Artesia, New Mexico to Robert F. Blair and Pauline Marie Blair Bradshaw (Briggs). Gary attended school in Artesia and went on to graduate from Eastern New Mexico University.
On May 18, 1956 he married Patricia L. Ragsdell of Hobbs, NM. Together they raised their daughters Sharon Blair Stacy, Marcia Blair Legg, and Leigh Ann Blair Fankhauser in Medford. Gary and Pat divorced in 1989 but remained friends, providing a foundation for family gatherings and holiday celebrations with their girls and six grandchildren.
Gary enjoyed traveling, theater, music, and gardening. He adored his dogs Mutt, Buddy, Coco, and Skipper.
Gary had a beautiful baritone voice and at one time he enjoyed singing with the Rogue Valley Chorale. As a Medford middle and high school English and Speech teacher, Gary inspired his students and gave them guidance to become effective communicators. He was fortunate to correspond with many former students over the years who continue to express their appreciation for his work as teacher, mentor, and coach of the school’s speech and debate program
Gary served in the U.S. Army as Staff Sergeant and was personal secretary to the Commanding General at Ft. Lewis, Washington in 1957-58.
His membership at Westminster Presbyterian Church over the years has provided him with community and strong faith.
He is survived by his daughters, Sharon, Marcia, and Leigh and their children, MacKenzie, Charlie, Caitlin, Caienna, Sascha, and Maia.
Gary’s beloved mother, Pauline Bradshaw; his stepfather, Roy C. “Preacher” Bradshaw; brother, Robert E. Blair; and father, Robert F. Blair preceded him in death.
The family is planning Gary’s celebration of life for 10:00 a.m., September 8, 2018 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Medford.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be sent to the Rogue Valley Chorale Children’s Chorus 541-414-8309.
“Children are the only form of immortality that we can be sure of.
- Peter Ustinov