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Karyn (Black) Bair

Born: Sun., Dec. 11, 1932
Died: Sun., Sep. 3, 2017


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Sep. 15, 2017
Location: Haskell Funeral Home

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sat., Sep. 16, 2017
Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Interment following funeral service

Sat., Sep. 16, 2017
Location: Cowley Cemetery

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Karyn Black Bair was born in Laramie, Wyoming on December 11, 1932 to Norma Stevens and John (Jack) King Black. She was the oldest of four children and dearly loved her family.

     During her childhood years, Karyn lived in Laramie, Evanston and Riverton Wyoming before the family settled in Lovell in 1944. She enjoyed her years in 4-H where she learned how to sew and made many of her own clothes. She was very active in school and the community and as a youth enjoyed being with her family on camping trips and family vacations. She graduated from Lovell High School in 1951.

     She attended Ricks College in Rexburg Idaho.  One day while wearing her famous “green saddle pants”, she won the attention and love Carl Leigh Bair.  They were married August 26, 1952 in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.  Karyn was a dedicated wife and mother and homemaker as she supported her husband’s career as a teacher and coach at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho and Montgomery Junior College in Maryland.

     In 1968, Carl retired from a successful coaching career and the family moved to Blackfoot, Idaho where Carl joined his father on the farm. They later moved to Lovell to take over the family farm where they have lived and worked for the past 47 years.

     Karyn has been an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  She has served in various callings throughout her life. For many years she served as a compassionate service leader.  She will be remembered for her love and concern for others.  Carl and Karyn also enjoyed serving as ordinance workers at the Billings Montana Temple.

     Karyn was an avid reader and because of this became knowledgeable of people, places, and things throughout the world. This made her a favorite team member when the family gathered for trivia games. She will always be known for her gift of conversation, her cherished cats, crocheting afghans, sending birthday cards and a deep love for her family.  She was famous for her fudge which was sent to family and friends at Christmas and other special occasions.

     Karyn and Carl recently celebrated their 65th Anniversary together. She was beloved by her family for her quick humor and friendly, caring nature.  She was especially popular with the grandchildren, and great-grandchildren for her smiles, stories, hugs and love.    

Karyn Black Bair passed away, surrounded by loved ones, at the New Horizons Care Center during the early morning hours of Sept. 3, 2017.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, brother John Mark Black, and an infant son.

     She is survived by her husband Carl, brother Robert (Debra) Black, sister Gloria (Don) Tew, and daughters Teddie (Dean) Tippetts, Jackie (Barr) Anderson and Megan Miller, and sons Brett (Verna) Bair, and Mike (Lori) Bair, as well as 22 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

      A viewing/visitation will be held on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at the Lovell LDS Church, at 2:00pm and burial will take place at the Cowley cemetery.

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LaWanda Miles
   Posted Sat September 09, 2017
Dear family,

I'm so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort give you peace to help you cope during this difficult time. We look forward to seeing our dead loved ones again in the righteous paradise here on earth very soon. Acts 24:15

Clayton Stevens
   Posted Mon September 11, 2017
Dear family, Karyn was one of my oldest cousins, and though I didn't know her well, Aunt Norma & Uncle Jack were great examples of Christ like love and service, ( even if they were Democrats). I loved them dearly.
Clayton Stevens

Susan Stevens Tuft
   Posted Tue September 12, 2017
Karyn, as Clayton said, was one of the oldest grandchildren of John Robert & Harriet Geneva Moore Stevens. If she wasn't their Very oldest, she may have been next in line to one of Elma's. Here's how that great family of John and Geneva goes: Elma, Norma (Karyn's mother) Del (my dad) Gwen, Clair (died young) Ira, Mark (died young) Geneva VerJean Donna Muriel. Among those 11 siblings I think there were about 55 first cousins, with Karyn at the top of the list (or nearly). I remember Karyn mostly from JRS Family reunions, and most of them, held at an LDS Girls' Camp near Ashton, ID. She had a beautiful smile and a warm and friendly nature. It was wonderful being part of a large family. Imagine having 55 first cousins! Among those 55 (if I have remembered right), there were actually 5 of my age or in my grade. John and Geneva passed on a rich heritage of love of the Lord and love for His Church. I'm glad I was cousin to Karyn and many others, and I do wish her husband and family lots of love and hope and peace.

Kay Stevens Smith
   Posted Wed September 13, 2017
We are so sorry to hear of Karyn's passing---happy for her to be reunited with other family members, but sad for those staying behind. I have always loved Karyn for her "can-do" attitude and for her cute, beautiful daughters.

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