19, of Farmington, ME; assigned to D Co, 4/160th SOAR (A) at Fort Lewis, Washington on May 23, 2008 beginning his career supporting Special Operation Forces in the Global War on Terrorism, died Saturday, November 29, 2008 at Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis, Washington.
He enjoyed hanging out with his friends and family, wrestling, hunting, fishing, weight lifting, golf. Blaine also enjoyed the time he spent at the Foster Vocational Technical School in the carpentry program. Blaine was full of surprises. He loved to help others, protect others and always stood up for the little guy. He surprised his mother by an unexpected visit to see her and always offered to help his mother whenever he observed a job that needed to get done, or something for which she needed assistance. Blaine was kind, giving, determined, and had an exceptional work ethic. He loved the outdoors and had a strong will, never giving up. No matter what, he was a protector and giver.
To honor Blaine, his mother, Kenda Adams, along with the help of her daughter, Millissa, unearthed and donated this stone from the Sandy River near Farmington, Maine. Specifically, the stone came from the Fairbanks Bridge in Farmington where Blaine swam fished, and searched for snapping turtles.
He and his friends retrieved golf balls from the river bed and would even wade through the river to make a 3+ mile trip home into a 1/2 mile trip just by braving the cold, getting wet and taking this strategic but somewhat dangerous shortcut. The stone is one of a kind, has a unique zig zag stripe down the center and in Millissa’s view, represents Blaine’s brokenness as a fallen hero, but in Kenda’s view, it represents a stairway to heaven so Kenda can once again be reunited with her son.