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Aug 30, 2013 - Staff
Quin Blair, of Cody, died of natural causes Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at his home. He was 101 years old.
Services will begin with a family prayer at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, with services at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stake center in Cody. Internment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Cody the following week.
Quin Blair was born Dec. 8, 1911, the son of Frederick Theodore and Daisy Belle Blair in Mount Carmel, Ill.
He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Pacific Theatre with the U.S. Navy. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
On Sept. 5, 1933, he married Elizabeth Horseman, and he married Ruth Taggart on Sept. 15, 1946.
He graduated from the Denver School of Pharmacy in 1932 and obtained his Wyoming license in 1934.
He was the leader (drums and saxophone) of the Quin Blair's Band and Orchestra of Renown, the manager of the Cody Trading Company, the owner of several drug stores in Wyoming, including both Blair Drug and Cody Drug in Cody. He was the manager of Pahaska Teepee, the owner/manager of the Buffalo Bill Village Tourist Court and Campground, Blair Realty and Brokerage, and the founder of Quin Blair Enterprises, which was to eventually include the Holiday Inn-Cody, Laramie and Riverton, as well as the Buffalo Bill Village.
His family said he was actively involved in his community and his adopted state. He served as the Cody Club/Cody Country Chamber of Commerce president in 1957 and was a member and chairman of the Wyoming Travel Council in 1971. He received the Bevinetto Friend of Tourism award in 1986 and the Big WYO Award in 1989.
Before his passing, his family said he was the only living person to reside continuously in his Frank Lloyd Wright home that was designed and built by the architect. The Blair House was built in 1952 and dedicated to the National Historic Register in 1991.
He was a lifelong member of Lions Club International and was recognized recently as the longest dues paying/oldest member of Lions Club International worldwide.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and he and his wife Ruth completed a mission to New York City in 1986.
He is survived by his son, Frederick "Ted" (Judie) Blair; daughters Elizabeth (Betsy) Kendall-Browne and Barbara Smith; grandsons James (Emily), Quintin and Taggart Blair, Jason (Jessica) Hogg, Ty Nay and Dr. Brian (Shelly) Smith; granddaughters Allison Kendall-Power, Kristen McGrew and Angela Spradlin; and great-grandchildren Taylor Blair, Joshua and Jason Hogg, Charles Power, and Sidney, Samuel and Sean Smith.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, his wife of more than 60 years, Ruth Taggart Blair, and daughter Marilyn (Hogg) Blair.