Carrell "Paul" Blair

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August 21, 1933 ~ December 14, 2017

Paul was born in Bradleyville, Missouri to Amy and Delphia Blair. In 1943, the family moved to the Northwest. Paul graduated from Woodland High School in 1952, and entered the US Navy. He served in the Korean War. In 1954, Paul married his high school sweetheart, Beverly Jean Becker (Nottingham).
After his military service, Paul attended Eastern Washington University, receiving his Bachelor's degree in Education. Their son, Glenn Jerome, was born in 1958. He finished his Masters Degree in Education- Psychology/Counseling at Portland State University. In 1961, their daughter, Sandra Kay was born.
In 1967, the family moved to Camas, WA. Paul went to work as a Teacher /Counselor at JDZ Middle School, and coached Special Olympics. He retired in 1992, after 25 years. He was an active member and Elder of Community of Christ Church. When Paul's son Glenn was diagnosed with ALS, he was a devoted caregiver, until Glenn's journey came to an end in 2011. Paul was a cofounder in the family business, Columbia River Coffee. With the grandkids, he could often be found selling coffee on Saturdays at the Farmers Market. Paul and Bev celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2004. He was a gentle, loving caregiver for his wife, and was by her side at home when her 7-year battle with colon cancer finally came to an end in 2008.
Paul was a classy Gentleman, who lived with great joy and terrible tragedy. But his greatest gift was his ability to "show up." With a twinkle in his eye and tales to cheer you up - which may (or may not) have been entirely true!
Preceeded in death by granddaughter, Rebecca Rose; wife, Beverly; daughter, Sandra Cronbaugh (Blair); and son, Glenn. Survived by grandchildren, Hannah Cronbaugh of Ketchum, ID and Elijah Cronbaugh of Battle Ground, WA; brothers, Milo Blair of Phoenix, AZ and Jim Blair (Elaine) of Woodland, WA; son-in-law, Steven Cronbaugh of Battle Ground and daughter-in-law, Corrinne Loshaw-Blair of Camas, WA.
Paul was cremated privately by Straub's Funeral Home.
Please join the family for a Celebration of Life Ceremony on Saturday, January 13th, at 3:00 p.m. in the Camas High School Theatre, 26900 SE 15th Street, Camas, WA, 98607.
In lieu of flowers, please donate in Paul's name to ALS Association OR/SW WA Chapter, 700 NE Multnomah Street, Suite 210, Portland, OR, 97232, or online at
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Straub's Funeral Home & Columbia River Cremation
325 NE 3rd Ave.
Camas, WA 98607
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Published in The Columbian on Jan. 7, 2018
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