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Dana Quentin Lair


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Dana Quentin Lair, beloved husband, dad, gramps, pops, uncle, brother, brother-in-law, son and friend to many returned home to the arms of Our Heavenly Father on May 25th, 2021. On February 6, 1949, Harold and Adeline Lair welcomed child number five to their family, hence the middle name Quentin.

Dana moved to Roswell from Omaha in 1954, with his mom, dad and sister Penny. They arrived with a new fancy black and white television only to have to wait a year before a local station emerged. Dana always said people would come by just to see an actual television.

Dana developed his love of cars at a young age working with his dad in the garage. He purchased his first Corvette in 1967. Little did everyone know that this 1964 coupe would be his first love and would start a lifelong trend for Dana. It is still in the garage today.

Dana graduated from Roswell High School in 1967. He then drove back and forth daily to ENMU in Portales where he obtained a degree in business administration in 1971. He would often even sleep in the Corvette in friends’ garages instead of making the drive back to Roswell at night.

Dana met his true love, Rosanna Jones (a good Goddard High girl), a year after she had spotted him doing donuts in the NMMI parking lot in the snow in his Corvette. On December 7th, 1969, they met and began dating. Dana and Rosanna married August 7, 1970 and began their new life. Together they had two AMAZING children, Ede (his favorite oldest) and Eric (his favorite youngest). Dana was always a city boy and Rosanna was raised a country girl, she has always said how she was slowly converting him daily to her ways. We seriously doubt he ever saw himself falling in love with country life, living on large acreage surrounded by livestock, but it was his happy place and he had a true passion for his piece of heaven on earth.

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So, let’s talk about Roswell Body Shop. Roswell Body Shop was the oldest licensed body shop in the state of New Mexico. Dana started in 1965 at the ripe age of 16 for his DECA class, pushing a broom at the shop. Dana worked his way up through the ranks under his mentor, Ben Childs. Dana was a shop boy, foreman, manager, partner and owner at Roswell Body shop during his 56 years with the shop. Dana was finishing his real estate license in 1973 when Ben called him and talked him into coming back and running the shop operations. Even after Eric took the shop over in 2016, he stayed on as a consultant and ran the shop while Eric was at the fire department. And you all know the rest.

Dana is preceded in death by his parents, Harold John Lair and Adeline Eleanor Switzer Lair; his older sister Patricia Johnson and older brother Gale Lair; and brothers-in-law: Sid Johnson and Ed Mullen.

He is survived by his true and loving wife of nearly 51 years, Rosanna; daughter, Ede and favorite son-in-law Dave Linterman; son, Eric and favorite daughter-in-law Trish; along with his 6 grandchildren; Lacie Corn (Tyler Corn), Dustin Craig, Amber Lair, Holland Linterman, Peri Linterman and Tanner Lair, and great-grandchildren; Blaze, Jace, Henley, Kooper Corn and Ryder Craig. He is additionally survived by his siblings, Darlene Mullen (Nebraska) and Penny Malburg (Texas) and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dana NEVER met a stranger. It didn’t matter if someone was a judge or a janitor, you always had a friend in Dana. He knew every Corvette in town, including its complete history. He was so knowledgeable of Corvette’s in the community that people from other countries (Canada, Jamaica and Puerto Rico) reached out looking for his knowledge. The world has now lost his extensive knowledge of these Corvettes and forever mourn him. People of all ages have always come to sit and talk with Dad about cars, life or looking for advice. Seats were permanently reserved at the shop counter for his forever buddies, Dennis, Jim and Lloyd. His smart-alecky sense of humor usually won anyone over. Eric and Ede will forever be retelling his “Dad” jokes.

He always had those jokes, and always had his smile and laugh, until a camera came out and he went stone-cold straight-faced. It became a personal mission of ours to capture pictures of him smiling, he always had to make people think he was hard, although we knew all to well that couldn’t have been further from the truth.

Eric is wondering who is going to remind him of things to be done and to wash his coffee cup. Who will remind Trish it’s time pick up Tanner and water the plants for her? Who will Ede call every morning on the way to work? Who will Dave call for fatherly advice? Dave and Ede called him the Jabberwocky. And we (Eric, Trish and Ede) recently realized we could have called him DQ (Dana Quentin) -like Dairy Queen, all along. Darn!

There will forever be left a void in our hearts and daily lives that he kept filled, something that will be unreplaceable without saying!

Dad chose not to have a memorial or any type of services. We decided to honor dad by starting a scholarship in his name. In lieu of flowers please consider gifts to Go Fund Me for the Dana Lair Memorial. ( https://gofund.me/6a32bd0b) Anderson Bethany Funeral Home has been entrusted with Dad’s arrangements.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to the ICU staff at Lovelace Heart Hospital for the care he recently received.

And to close, we will forever remember and miss the way our dad answered the phone!

“ The Roooossswelllll Body Shoppp…..”

Please take a moment and share a fond memory or kind expression of sympathy for Dana’s family at www.andersonbethany.com.

Dana’s tribute was written in his honor by his family.

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