Donald Wallace Blair, 82, of 13426 Rte 957 Sugar Grove, PA passed away Monday, April 4th, at his home. He was the husband of Doris (Niemi) Blair whom he married on March 21, 1953 in Chardon Ohio.
Donald was born in Chagrin Falls, OH on March 7, 1929, the son of the late Clyde Raymond and Nina Belle (Robinson) Blair and was a 1948 graduate of Burton High School in Burton, Ohio. He served in the US Navy during the Korean War as a diesel mechanic. In the 1950's he served as an artificial inseminator for Curtiss Candy Breeding service and worked as a dairy herdsman for several farm between 1955 and 1969. In 1969 he founded "D" Blair Jersey Farms, which he ran until 1995.
Donald was a member of the American Jersey Cattle Association, the Pennsylvania Jersey Cattle Association, The Northwest Maple Syrup Producers Association, the Oil Valley Blacksmith Association, and the Circle Eight Square Dancers association. As a young man he served as a Grange Master, as well as being a 4H Leader in Newbury OH, He was a member of Several square dance groups in both Pennsylvania and Ohio and was a two time honorary Keystone Farmer Degree Award recipient.
In addition to his wife Doris, Donald is survived by 6 children, David (Joy) Blair, of Clarington, OH; Debra (Ken) Bechard, of Moultonboro, NH; Dixie (Gary) Brumagin, of Warren, PA; Diana (Dan) Smith, of Howard, PA; Daniel (Donna) Blair, of Sugar Grove, PA; Denver Joe Blair, of Foxburgh, PA; a son-in-law William Covell, of Jamestown, NY; two sisters Dorothy Molnar, of Eustis, FL; Nancy (Guy) White, of Mount Dora, FL, as well as 22 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by, a son Jim Blair, a daughter Donna Covell and a great-grandson Tyler Bechard.
Friends are invited to call on Friday April 8, 2011 from 24 pm and 79 pm at the Sugar Grove Branch of McKinney Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Inc. A funeral Service will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 11 am, with Rev Burfoot "Buddy" Ward of the North Warren Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be private in Turnpike Cemetery. Those wishing to make a memorial donation may do so to The American Cancer Society or The Pennsylvania Jersey Juniors of the PA Jersey Cattle Association. Those wishing to sign the online guest book or to leave an econdolence may do so at www.mckinneyfuneral.com