Robin Blair Springer

Oct 20, 1948 - Nov 2, 2022

Obituary

Robin Blair Springer passed away November 2, 2022, in Sacramento, surrounded by family. He was 74.

Born and raised in Woodland, Ca., Blair was a loving and devoted husband, stepfather, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He was a positive force who brought light into every life he touched.

The secret to Blair’s charm was both simple and remarkable: he gave whoever he was with his full attention and respect. He was a good listener and a great conversationalist, making everyone with whom he was engaged feel like they were special to him, because they were.

Blair was an eternal but realistic optimist, fighting illness courageously and without complaint, then embracing his coming passing with grace and dignity. In his final hours, Blair made a to-do list of tasks for his wife Debbie to take care of as soon as he was gone and penned several letters to those close to him.

Blair was born Oct. 20, 1948, the youngest of three sons of longtime Yolo County residents Alphe and Lois Springer.

He often referred lovingly to two figures who were a significant part of his early childhood — Momo and Popo — an older couple from Kentucky who served as his babysitters and later helped raise him until age 6 when they moved back to Kentucky. He missed them dearly.

Blair graduated from Woodland High School and attended Sacramento State, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and later earned a Master’s in Public Administration.

During high school Blair was active in sports and a founding member of the E.T.’s (Elapsed Time) Car Club, whose intent was to build and operate a drag racing car. However, they mostly just drank beer.

After college, Blair worked for the California Legislature from 1972 to 1984 and then was appointed by Gov. George Deukmejian to the Office of Emergency Services as an Assistant Director of Response and Recovery.

In 1987 he returned to the Legislature as Chief Consultant for the Assembly Select Committee on Fire Services.

In 1990 Blair started his own public policy consulting firm, where he was chief strategist for the Association of Contract Counties. He later joined forces with his longtime friend and colleague, Jerry Haleva, working as a lobbyist at Jerry’s firm, Sergeant Major Associates.

Blair met the love of his life, Debbie, and married in 1997, becoming a loving stepfather to Brian and Katey, whom he adored greatly. He was also the loving grandfather to four wonderful grandchildren, Emma, Allie, Jordan and Indy.

He enjoyed hiking, golf, and traveling, especially on cruises with Debbie and often times, Debbie’s parents.

Blair became an integral part of the extended Roemer family, enjoying many good times with his father-in-law Oscar, mother-in-law MaryAnn, brother-in-law Danny and sisters-in-law Karen and Wendy and their spouses. He spent countless hours with his Roemer clan nephews and nieces Daniel, Matthew, Krystal, Kevin, Sarah and Christopher, delighting in their achievements in school, sports and the arts.

Blair also enjoyed organizing regular camping and fishing trips to his favorite spots with his brothers and Springer family nieces, nephews and grandnephews. He was a beloved and favorite uncle to nieces Glenda and Beja and nephews Zack, Liam, Nathan and Locke, who will miss his sense of humor and good counsel.

Blair was preceded in death by his parents, Alphe and Lois Springer, his stepsister, Thama, his niece Vina and great nephew Anthony. He is survived by his wife Debbie, brothers Lon and Fred, stepchildren Brian (Tanya) and Katey (Mario), and grandchildren Emma, Allie, Jordan, and Indy.

All who had the honor of Blair’s friendship are welcome to attend a Celebration of Life on Sunday, November 27 from 11 am to 2 pm at Valley Hi Country Club in Elk Grove.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Blair’s honor to the Sacramento SPCA or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Guestbook

  • Tamara Bankowski says:

    Debbie and Family, my sincere condolences for your loss of an amazing man! The few times I’ve had the honor to be around him, I’ve witnessed the love and compassion that he showed his wife, her parents, her family and everyone around him, including my kitty when he went missing!!! Blair was the 1st one to volunteer and I’ll never forget how he was in the field calling for “Baby’s”!!!
    ❤️ He had just met me that day and yet, didn’t hesitate to help, and there are very few men like that!!! He definitely served his time on earth (as God has requested of us,) sharing his love and kindness with all!!! He will always be smiling down on you all until you’re all together again!!! May God wrap His arms around you all and give you strength!!! Much love and many prayers! Tamara

  • Kathi Goldsberry says:

    Debbie and family…my heart is so sad for you all. Take comfort, as time goes on, in the wonderful times you shared with Blair. Fondly, Kathi

  • Sandy Brady says:

    Debbie, Our thoughts are with you in your sorrow and I offer my deepest sympathy. They say that times heals. I’m here if you need a friend to give you a hug and just listen.

  • Maggie Uhey says:

    I loved him so much and will miss him dearly. My condolences to Debbie and the family. Moonie Kitty, Blair.

  • Stacie Barrera says:

    Debbie and Family,
    What a wonderful life and human being! This is so informative and beautifully written. Blair was an example for us all. He was always such an optimist and so supportive of our daughters and all their endeavors – like a grandpa next door! I always enjoyed catching up with him when I ran into him at the gym – he loved that climbing rope and continued on being as healthy as possible. I so admired him for that. The world has lost an angel on earth; we will miss him so much.💔It was obvious how much he loved and adored Debbie and the entire family – a true family man. We continue to pray 🙏🏼 for your strength in this time of sorrow. May the the fond memories comfort and soothe your souls.
    With Love and Condolences,
    Stacie, Brian, Avery & Lauren Barrera

  • Bob Roper says:

    Debbie,
    I had the pleasure of working with Blair during his Association of Contract Counties role. For years he displayed his knowledge of the State legislative system for the betterment of the fire service. His contributions made the relationships between CalFire, Board of Forestry, and the Contract Counties more productive for all sides. He was able to pull together the history of this relationship by creating a historical review, which is still used today.

    I also had the pleasure to play golf with Blair and watch Jerry and Blair try to tell stories, but Jerry managed to always outdo Blair. Blair was a friend and partner for years and he never complained about his illness. His love was family, and playing golf with you and friends at the Club.

    I have often thought of Blair as we both retired, and he will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

    With regrets,
    Bob Roper (former Ventura County Fire Chief)

  • Max Rogers says:

    Debbie,
    Blair and I met over 20 years ago when he walked in to my jewelry store to buy something special for you. I remember him always so excited to come up with something very special for you for what ever the occasion. He loved buying you jewelry and he so loved you and he was not shy in showing it.
    He was such a handsome, un-assuming
    Man with a huge heart!
    He will be greatly missed!

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