Although we lost, Heaven gained.
Blair Jay Bloms was born Sunday, Jan. 11, 1987, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Minot, to Jeff and Gwen (Basol) Bloms. He left this world peacefully on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at the age of 26.
Blair was an old soul in a young body. He was defined by his patience, determination, and selflessness. Although his life was short, he squeezed everything he could into it.
Blair's favorite place was the farm. From driving the tractor on dad's lap when he was young, to starting a gardening business as a teenager, he loved it all. He had a passion for the outdoors and for growth, for taking tiny packets of seeds and turning them into bustling rows of squash, gourds, and pumpkins. Such people are usually said to have a "green thumb," but with Blair that touch extended to everything. Blair brought out the best in people. He had a charm about him that made your words feel important. He smiled easily, but when you said something that made those dimples come out, you felt like the world's greatest comedian. His gap-toothed smile was almost dangerously contagious.
Blair never let anything get between him and a goal. As a young student, he was diagnosed with a learning disability. Instead of using it as a crutch, he used it as fuel to work harder. Not only during the school year, but also through the summer, you could often find Blair having homework sessions with his mom. Throughout this process, Blair developed a determination that would guide him through the rest of his life. He earned Highest Honors in high school, and, at 17, had already completed two college courses with the help of his future brother-in-law. He also used his experience to tutor kids with similar learning disabilities. He wasn't one to keep a gift to himself.
Although Christmas was the favorite family holiday, the Fourth of July was Blair's favorite day of the year. He loved to fill the sky with brilliant colors as his aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and family looked on. Beneath the fireworks with a lit punk in hand, Blair was always an exuberant little kid, smiling from ear to ear.
Blair accomplished so many things in such a short time. He was elected senior class president and was the State Student Council Class B representative for North Dakota. He was appointed as the first student member of the Bishop Ryan School Board, was enrolled in their first Leadership class, and initiated the "Student Voice." He was very active in Honor Society, SADD, Key Club, Envirothon, Science Olympiad, coaching the St. Leo's boys basketball team, and tutoring. He received numerous track awards, and always enjoyed running. He was also honorary homecoming king his senior year. With the help of his sister, he completed his final senior course and was a 2005 graduate.
Although he was proud of all of these things, his greatest gift to the world was the love he shared with his family, friends, and his girlfriend, Heather. It was this love that carried him and his family through everything, the good times and the bad.
When Blair was 17, he was injured while riding home from an Envirothon competition in a school van. Many things changed, but his ability to improve and inspire the people around him didn't. In the nine years that followed, he was a silent example of the determination, strength, and willingness to confront challenges that defined his youth. He never gave up, and his family always believed in him.
Grateful for sharing in Blair's life are: his parents, Jeff and Gwen Bloms, Minot; his sister, Brekka Bloms-Hancock, and brother-in-law, Tyler Hancock, Minot; Gramma Mary Bloms, Minot, Gramma Beverly Basol, Mayville; aunts and uncles, Gloria and Duane Janikula, Waverly, Minn., Mindy and Orville Neuhalfen, Granville, Renae Wright, Minot, Richard and Nancy Basol, Juneau, Wis., Louise and Clayton Heinz, West Fargo, Wanda and Carl Wasness, West Fargo; and 14 cousins.
Blair was reunited in heaven with his Grampa Ralph Bloms and Grampa Gehard Basol.
Run, Blair, run, as you enjoyed it so much in life.
Memorials: Are preferred to Bread of Life Lutheran Church Community Playground, Minot.
Visitation: There will be no reviewal, however, friends may sign a guest register on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, from 3 to 7 p.m., at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Celebration of Life Service: Saturday, Aug. 17, at 11 a.m. at Bread of Life Lutheran Church, Minot.
Those wishing to sign the online register and share memories may access the online obituaries section at (www.thompsonlarson.com).