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Marvin S. Blair, Captain USN (Ret.), 90

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Date of Birth: 06/08/1924

Date of Death: 11/03/2014

Services: Friday (11-7-2014) 11:00 AM at the John A. Gentleman Pacific Street Chapel, Omaha, Nebraska.

Visitation: Thursday (11-6-2014) 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Pacific Street Chapel, Omaha, Nebraska.

Interment: Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery, Omaha, Nebraska.


Captain Marvin Blair, U.S. Navy (Ret.), died at Papillion Manor in Papillion on _11-3-2014.  He was 90 years old. 

Born in Killeen, Texas, Captain Blair was the son of the late Thomas Earl Blair of Eddy, Texas and Margaret Elizabeth Beaumier of Hempstead, Texas.  Captain Blair was predeceased in death by his wife of 65 years, Baylor Doris Blair, his brother, Thomas Earl Blair, Jr., and his sister, Mary Ross.  Captain Blair is survived by his son, Colonel Marvin S. Blair, Jr., U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) of Nashville, and his daughter, Dr. Margaret (Meg) Baylor Blair, Ph.D., of Papillion.  Captain Blair also leaves behind his daughter-in-law Joann Blair; his son-in-law Leonard Megee, and his two granddaughters, Tatiana and Alena Blair-Megee.

Captain Blair received his commission as an Ensign in the Navy in 1944.  During a naval career that spanned three decades, Captain Blair served aboard submarines U.S.S. 0-6 (SS-67), USS Blackfin (SS-322), U.S.S. Tiru (SS-416), U.S.S. Tunny (SSG-282), U.S.S. Robert E. Lee (SSBN-601), and U.S.S. Daniel Webster (SSBN-626).  As commanding officer of U.S.S. Tunny, Captain Blair commanded the first Regulus deterrent missile patrol against the former Soviet Union.  As executive officer of U.S.S. Robert E. Lee, and later as commanding officer of U.S.S. Daniel Webster, Captain Blair made six Polaris missile patrols against the former Soviet Union.  Captain Blair first came to Omaha in 1971 as Deputy Director, National Strategic Target List Division of the Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff at Offutt Air Force Base, and as the Polaris submarine advisor to the Commander in Chief, Strategic Air Command.  After retiring from the Navy in 1972, Captain Blair worked for five years as Division Manager for the Omaha Public Power District, during which time he helped bring the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Station and Nebraska City power plant on line, and later for six years as Vice President of Gibbs & Hill, Inc., an international power engineering company in New York.  After retiring from Gibbs & Hill, Captain Blair and his late wife, Baylor, moved to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, returning to Omaha in 2002.