FARMINGTON – Blair D. Trask, 71, of Rangeley, died early Friday evening, Oct. 29, at the Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington.

He was born on March 31, 1933, in Wilton, a son of Harry A. and Winifred G. (Lake) Trask.

He attended Wilton Schools, graduating from Wilton Academy. He went on to graduate from the University of Maine at Orono with a B.S. in Chemistry.

Mr. Trask was drafted in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict and was stationed to work in the Naval Research Institute.

On Sept. 4, 1954, he married, Diane Weathern, in Auburn. They lived throughout the United States and Canada as Blair took his work to various chemistry labs. The majority of his working career was spent in Haverhill and Newburyport, Mass. at Bixby International. There, he worked and retired after 25 years. He was retained on the Board of Directors there and continued to return off and on throughout his retirement.

Mr. Trask was very active in his beloved town of Rangeley, serving on various town boards and also in the Congregational Church as a Deacon and the church’s treasurer.

He was a former Eagle Scout and remained active in scouting throughout his life. He also held a special place in his heart for skiing and ski racing, developing timing devices and manning gates on the slopes.

When he wasn’t working or helping others, Blair enjoyed playing golf, especially at Mingo Springs in Rangeley.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Diane; son, Brent Trask and his wife, Lori, of Beaumont, Texas and their children, Kristen and Sharon; daughter, Kelly Walton, of Turner and her children, Becky and Mark-Blair; son, Craig Trask, of Cambridge, Ontairo and his children, Nicole and Brian; son, Scott Trask, of Groveland, Mass. and his children, Patricia, Scott, Jr. and Thomas; brother, Carl Trask and his wife, Judy, of Wilton; sister, Joline Frecker and her husband, Wesley, of Augusta; sister-in-law, Ann Trask, of Ferris Beach; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Spencer Trask.

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