David Thomas Blair, age 73, was received by our heavenly Father on Thursday, August 3, 2023. He passed peacefully in his sleep with his wife at Swedish Hospital, Englewood, CO, following 15 months of fighting the aggressive Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He fought like a warrior and never gave up until he got pneumonia, and his body couldn’t recover. His doctors said that with the type of cancer he had, they are surprised he was able to make it as long as he did.
David, the eldest brother to three siblings, Carl Jr., Gary, and Rick was born September 11, 1949, in Baltimore Maryland, and is now joined to his father, Carl Blair Sr., and Betty Davis Blair. David deeply loved his family and kept them close to his heart. He married the love of his life, Diana on July 22, 1977. Their lives began as an adventure, getting married in the courtyard of the Castle in Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, where they arrived by boat and then later departed water skiing out of the bay.
At 30, David was the proud father to his loving daughter, Melissa Anne Blair, whom he cared for all his life. When she was born, the nurses had to kick him out of the nursery because he wouldn’t leave her.
David was drafted into the Army while attending college, serving at the end of the Vietnam War. Luckily, he was blessed by going to Germany. He worked for Hewlett Packard in various roles such as Shipping, Fleet Management, Office Management, Project Management, and as a Computer Hardware Engineer. He was a hard-working dedicated employee at HP for 39 years.
After retirement from HP, David volunteered at Evergreen Creekside Cellars; and was given the title of Cellar Rat. He assisted the winemaker, Michelle, and produced 2 small barrels of his own wine. He loved working there and being a part of the Creekside family.
The outdoors was his sanctuary. Early in their marriage, David and Diana enjoyed riding motorcycle dirt bikes and camping in the forest. He loved to make campfires and sit around the fire enjoying the stars. When Melissa was born, she too would go camping. She started riding with him at the age of two, and was gifted her own motorcycle at five. David was also an avid snow skier, in which the family enjoyed many vacations and trips to the slopes. After Melissa blessed him with 2 grandsons, he took great pleasure in teaching them how to fish and sitting for hours with them waiting for the next bite. He loved music and cherished the performances of his talented grandsons. Later in life, he took up golfing and became a member of the Bear Dance Golf Club where he obtained a hole-in-one. One of his biggest regrets was not being able to ski one last time before he joined our Lord.
Throughout Melissa’s life, he supported her in all things including sports and activities including being her softball coach from the time she was 9. When she was in High School, and her school didn’t have girls' softball, he partitioned the Littleton school district to get Softball approved for all Littleton High Schools: this is when he became a coach for Heritage High School.
When David and Diana built the house in Larkspur, David turned the 2.5 acres into a park-like setting. He did all the landscaping, built the retaining walls, and kept it perfectly manicured. He never backed down from a tough job, and he always had a tremendous amount of energy.
David is survived by his wife Diana Blair, daughter Melissa Campbell (Blair), son-in-law Nathan Campbell, and grandsons Mason and Maddux Campbell.
Recitation of Rosary, 9:30 AM, Wednesday, August 9, 2023 followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 AM, both at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2746 Fifth Street, Castle Rock, CO. Reception to follow at Bear Dance Golf Club, 6630 Bear Dance Dr, Larkspur, CO from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm.