Douglas S. Blair 1932 – 2020

Doug BlairDouglas “Doug” S. Blair, 87 of Niceville, FL passed away peacefully in his sleep and went to be with his Lord and Savior on March 14, 2020. He was born in Carbondale, PA on November 22, 1932 during the depression era.

Doug proudly served 29 years in the United States Air Force which included the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He traveled all over the world during his career and landed at Eglin AFB as his last assignment. He earned several medals which included the Purple Heart. He continued to serve in the Civil Service for 16 years until his retirement October 2000. Throughout all of his service to the country, he always remained humble.

He was the middle of three children born to the late Fritz and Minna Blair. He is preceded by his parents and older brother Bryce W. Blair. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Helen E. Blair, son Frank K. Blair of Mobile, AL, daughter Rose (Darrel) Shatterly of Fort Walton Beach, FL, granddaughter Britney H. Shatterly of Birmingham, AL, younger sister Judith A. Blair from Mifflinburg, PA, sister-in-law Nancy Blair of Hummelstown, PA, niece Vicky Crout of Hummelstown, Pa, nephew Rick (Linda) Blair of Hummelstown, PA and their kids and grandchild.

Doug was a stalwart ACA volunteer over the years, a dear friend and comrade. He will be missed!

Special thanks to Emerald Coast Hospice and Belvedere Commons for their care during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Air Commando Association or the VFW.

A time of visitation will be held from 2:00- 3:00pm on Friday, March 20, 2020 at Heritage Gardens Funeral Home and Cemetery, 2201 Partin Drive N, Niceville, FL 32578. Graveside Services with Military Honors will begin at 3:00 pm, with Dr. Mickey Hawkins officiating.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Douglas S. Blair, please visit Heritage Gardens floral store.

Obit courtesy of Heritage Gardens Funeral Home & Cemetery

3 Responses

  1. I first met Doug when we were stationed with the 1st AMS during the 1963 to 1969 time period. He was my supervisor on the Stand board team. We ran into each other on Duke Field during the Gunship Program. We talked about the times back at Hurlburt Fld. He had a great career that included his stint as gunner on the C-119 Gunship. He was a friend and I will miss him. My condolences to the family during this difficult time.
  2. My wife Maureen and I use to get together with Doug and Helen when we came to FWB for a few days. He always insisted on taking us out to a fish restaurant they liked and refused to let me pay. Doug and I worked in the Armament shop of the 1st AMS back in 1963- 1964 time period. They were great friends and my sincerest condolences to Helen and their families.
    • I worked for Doug when he was a Tech Sergeant back in the 1stAMS also. I remember you Frank. Doug was a good supervisor and he taught me quite a lot. I caught up with Doug when he was at Duke with the Gunship program. We talked a lot about the old days and his time as a gunner on the C-119’s. He had a great record and was a good friend. My condolences to the family. I know Doug will be missed greatly.

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