Dr. Blaise DeSouza, longest standing physician and surgeon in Foresthill, passed away Aug 5, 2021 at age 67. Blaise DeSouza was known for his caring bedside manner, his sense of humor, and big heart.

Dr. DeSouza was born on October 15, 1953 to parents Michael and Albertina DeSouza. He was the youngest and only son of nine children. Blaise grew up in an Indian Catholic family and was educated in both India and the United States. Dr. DeSouza came to the United States and completed his surgical residency at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He commissioned into the Army and became a staff physician in the Emergency Room at Fort Ord in California.

Dr. DeSouza opened the Foresthill Medical Center in 1983 in the Post Office Complex in Foresthill. He grew his practice and moved it to a larger facility near Worton's Market on Foresthill Road. Dr. DeSouza served the medical needs for the people of Foresthill and beyond for 36 years, and holds the title for longest practicing physician and surgeon in the town’s history.

He was a skilled surgeon who saved countless lives with his knowledge and attention to detail. Dr. DeSouza was known to go above and beyond for his patients. He had a heart of gold and helped countless people in both his professional and personal life.

Blaise was generous and funny. He was brilliant and very interested in all aspects of physical fitness. In his younger days, he was an avid runner, completing several marathons. Blaise was especially interested in the Olympics and would try to give his daughters the same Olympic spirit that he had. In his collegiate days he went far as a collegiate middle weight boxer. Blaise would talk fondly of his athletic past and encouraged the people around him to also pursue athletics.

 Blaise loved music and still talked about the vast record collection that he had to leave behind in India. He loved to dance at any occasion where music was playing. He loved to cook and was known for cooking at least twice as much as his guests could eat  to make certain that no one would ever leave his home hungry. Blaise taught himself how to bake and used to bake loaves of bread for his patients. He loved feeding others.

  Dr. DeSouza  was a loving and devoted husband. Inga and Blaise had 22 loving years together traveling, making friends, and memories along the way. Blaise met Inga and he was smitten from first glance. Inga was intrigued by Blaise’s intelligence and good looks. They created a very loving home for each other and for Blaise’s daughters. He retired from his medical service to the community in 2019 so that he could care for Inga in her final years of battling cancer.

  Dr. DeSouza's daughters have countless stories and memories of their Dad being a fearless caregiver and provider. Blaise provided the best for his kids and always encouraged them to be their own personal best. He helped his daughters and encouraged them to stand on their own as intelligent and independent women.

 Dr. Desouza will be remembered for his big heart, his generous spirit, his knack for thinking outside of the box, and the care and love her put into everything that he did. He leaves behind two daughters, Chelsea and Heidi DeSouza, two granddaughters Raquel and Charlotte VanNoland, and a dog named Sam.

Dr. DeSouza’s daughters will be holding a Celebration of Life on 09/12/21 at 10:00 AM in Todd Valley. If you knew Blaise, please reach out for additional information regarding the event at (530)320-8839 or blaisedes911@gmail.com.  Flowers can be sent to to the location of the ceremony. Please call, text, or email blaisedes911@gmail.com for the address to send flowers. Cards can be sent to PO Box 1040, Foresthill, CA 95631.  

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