Michael Blair

Michael David “Digger” Blair, 66, died on Friday, December 14, 2012. He is survived by three brothers, Bob Blair and Bill Blair of

Frankfort and John Blair of Richmond, TX; and two sisters, Marilyn

Blair Wandell of Frankfort and Liz Blair Newton of Jupiter, FL.

Mike was born on August 22, 1946, the second child of the late Murvel and Ruth Blair. He graduated from Frankfort High School and attended Eastern Kentucky University, and was employed by Celanese Corporation in Louisville, KY, for 27 years.

An amateur geologist, he unearthed rocks throughout the state, always ready to describe, in great detail, the mineral composition of every stone uncovered. This passion earned him the nickname “Digger.” Mike used his rock collection to make beautiful trivets, candle holders, rock inlaid tables, and clocks. He fashioned jewelry out of glass and beads and generously gave to friend and stranger alike.

Mike’s great-great-grandmother was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian, a heritage he was quite proud of. He embraced the American Indian culture.

Mike loved animals... all animals. Any stray, usually a cat, found a loving home at his back step. His door was always open to his fellow man as well. Many who lacked a place to sleep found their way to Mike’s house, where he always took them in. He was a kind and generous man. Donations in his memory can me made to the Franklin County Humane Society or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

At the end of his life, Mike was lovingly cared for by Cindy Pardi and the staff of Hospice of the Bluegrass. His body has been cremated, and his ashes will be scattered during a memorial service in the summer with family and friends.

Rogers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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  • I knew Mike through his drop in visits when I worked at a non-profit in Downtown Frankfort. He was a lovely spirit, who I always enjoyed talking with. He always said how he loved "animals, old people and children" and gave generously to charities, despite his own limited income. I am so glad I had the opportunity to know him.

  • I feel a little sad that I didn't know this interesting man.