Larry stepped into the arms of his Lord Jesus on April 10, 2019. He was born on September 17, 1957 to Earle and Olive Blair. He was a quiet and easygoing young boy who never demanded too much of anyone. He was born to a family who had a long history of competing in a youth organization called Soap Box Derby where kids would construct their own cars made of wood and fiberglass and compete by downhill racing. He watched his older brothers race for several years anticipating the day that he was old enough to participate. When Larry was finally old enough, he was fortunate to win the Northern California competition advancing him to the world champion race held in Akron, Ohio. There he would compete against 272 champions from all over the world. In 1971, Larry became the All-American Soap Box Derby World Champion. He was also honored that same year with the Junior Elk Grove Citizen of the Year.
In Larry’s adult years, he had a love for music and Dj’d for many events especially weddings. The quality of sound in the music he played at his events was of utmost importance to him and after a time, he decided he could build systems with greater quality. He was acoustically inclined and used his talents to construct speakers with precision sound quality. His speakers, known as Blair’s Custom Sounds, became very well known throughout the Elk Grove and Greater Sacramento area and he found himself very busy building custom systems for his clients.
Larry had a great love for animals, especially strays, He was known to his family as the “rescuer”, from kittens that he would find by the creek who would not have survived without his love and nurturing, to stray dogs he would find and bring home if just for a meal and water. He also had a love for the less fortunate. His mother remembers a homeless man walking the road into town almost everyday around the same time wearing the same tattered dirty clothes. One day she noticed a man that resembled him but he was clean-shaven and wearing Larry’s shoes and clothes. His mother just had to laugh with joy knowing what her son had done.
Larry’s sister, Shirley, recounts many times when Larry would take portions of a home cooked meal and take it to the less fortunate down by the creek. She especially remembers when Larry went missing on Thanksgiving day, but Larry wasn’t the only thing missing- half of the family’s Thanksgiving dinner was missing! He was, again, feeding the homeless.
Larry had a very passionate heart for the Lord. His worn Bible showed many underlined scriptures with notations on the side as he studied it throughout his years. The love the Lord has for us was demonstrated through Larry’s love he had for others.
Larry is survived by his mother and father, Olive and Earle Blair, his two brothers, Marty Blair of Spicewood, Texas and Kenneth Blair of Yuba City, California; his sister, Shirley Kunkle and her husband Rob Kunkle and his nieces and nephews, Shane, Leah, Taylor, Robbie, Brianne, Bryce and Maddie Kunkle of Yuba City; his nephew Jordan Blair of Elk Grove, California and his niece Katie Blair of Sacramento, California.