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William Skeen BlairMarch 9, 1927 ~ December 11, 2017 (age 90)
William Skeen Blair
March 9, 1927 – December 11, 2017
Resident of El Dorado Hills/Alamo California
William “Bill” Skeen Blair, 90, died December 11, 2017 in El Dorado Hills, California. Bill was born in Ogden, UT, March 9, 1927, to James Clifford and Charlotte Skeen Blair. He married Darlene Powell Blair December 26, 1952, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Salt Lake City Temple, UT. Following Darlene’s death in 2002, he married Evelyn Dixon on March 26, 2005 who survives him. Bill and Darlene are the parents of four children: Marcia Blair Ballou (Rodger), William Skeen Blair (Vickie), Thomas James Blair (Heather) and David Powell Blair (Holly), 14 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
He attended Weber State College, and graduated from the University of Utah, and later received an M.B.A. from University of Pennsylvania. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1957 attaining the rank of Lieutenant. He served a combat tour in the Korean War aboard the Destroyer Escort USS Silverstein and a tour in Paris, France.
He began his career with Emporium-Capwell in 1958 and was promoted to executive vice president human resources. He worked for Joseph Magnin as vice president of human resources and procurement. Bill retired in 1995 after 20 years of managing labor relations for the Oroweat Baking Company in San Francisco. His integrity and hard work earned him the respect of both union and management teams alike.
Bill served in his community throughout his life including; Boy Scout of America volunteer with Troop 225 and as a Council representative. He supported Darlene and others as they organized the Eugene O’Neil Foundation in Danville CA. For the last several years Bill has served as a volunteer in the El Dorado County Sheriff’s “STAR” program “keeping the area safe” as he liked to say. This year he was awarded “STAR” volunteer of the year.
An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he faithfully served in many callings including a full-time mission in the New England Mission, where he spent two years in Nova Scotia. Other callings included Young Men Presidency, financial clerk, multiple Bishoprics, High Priest Group Leader and in the Oakland and Sacramento Temples working two shifts a week for 17 consecutive years until he was 90 years old. He and Evelyn also served a temple mission in Nauvoo Illinois. He proudly acknowledged that his faithful service as a High Priest spanned 66 years.
His greatest joys included encouraging his grandchildren, gardening, serving the community in which he lived, puttering on his tractor at ‘Blair’s Blunder’ and watching Raider Football. His sharp wit, kind disposition and courageous heart have been a great influence on all who knew him. His family will miss his encouraging words, thoughtful advice and can-do mentality. He was forever the optimist.
Services will be 11 AM Saturday, December 16, 2017, at the Alamo Chapel, 2949 Stone Valley Road, Danville. (Stone Valley and Smith Road)
Interment at Oakmont Cemetery in Lafayette, CA.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to the LDS Church Missionary Fund.