Arthur Thomas \"Art\" Blair, Jr., age 91, one of the TASO Baseball Founding Fathers, passed away November 17, 2012. Born on July 27, 1921, in Fort Worth, TX, Art was a resident of Dallas and Duncanville, and a member of the Duncanville Church of Christ for many years.
After his family and church, Art\'s life centered on officiating amateur sports. He worked as a high school and college baseball umpire for over 30 years. His career behind the plate included officiating for the 1970 College World Series, many Regional NCAA baseball tournaments, and multiple Texas UIL state baseball championships. Art served as the official rules interpreter for the Southwest Conference (SWC) and Texas UIL baseball programs, supervised the SWC program for umpires, completed terms as President for regional and Texas officiating associations, and in 1999, was inducted into the National Amateur Baseball Umpires\' Hall of Fame. The Art Blair Classic Varsity Invitational Tournament is hosted each March by Duncanville HS Panther Baseball and sponsored by their Baseball Booster Club and the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Association of Sports Officials.
As a TASO Baseball Life Member, Art will now be moved the “Roll of Honor”. Art also served the Dallas Chapter and TASO/SOA in many capacities, his contributions too numerous to count.