Chaplain LTC (RET) David J. Fair, PhD, DMin, CTS, FAIS

May 5, 1946 – January 7, 2023

*This is an article from the Winter 2022/2023 issue of Combat Stress

It is with great sorrow and a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague Chaplain Dave Fair. Chaplain Fair was a long-time member of The American Institute of Stress and served on the Crisis Response Team for Chaplain Fellowship Ministries International. Co-founder of the Police Chaplain Project, Chaplain David Fair was an esteemed chaplain and crisis intervention specialist for emergency responders. He served as the director of chaplain services with the Brownwood Police Department, Texas Dept. of Public Safety’s Critical Incident Response Team, and the Texas Dept. of Health’s Critical Incident Stress Management Network. For many years he was a licensed peace officer and EMT, as well as a member of The American College of Forensic Examiners International. He was always there when something needed to be done, offering to do whatever he could along with his sage advice. We will miss him.

Chaplain Fair is survived by his wife Karen, and their three daughters and four granddaughters. Please keep the Fair family in your thoughts and prayers.

One of our favorite contributions by Chaplain Fair to Combat Stress magazine, was titled, “Chaplains Are Like a Box of Chocolates,” in which he said “All Chaplains are unique – and come with a variety of fillings.” That was in the Spring, 2022 issue of Combat Stress. Read it here:

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