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Gene D. Hammer

December 22, 1934 ~ August 29, 2020 (age 85)


“This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor ever rising”.  Gene Dwylan Hammer, 85, saw his first sunrise in Heaven August 29, 2020. A longtime plateau resident, Gene was born in Geddes, South Dakota to parents Bessie Louise (Seese) and Dwight Emerson Hammer on December 22, 1934. He graduated from Enumclaw High School with the class of 1953 and continued his education at Green River Community College.

“On my honor, I will do my best. To do my duty To God and my country” Gene lived this quote as both a Boy Scout of America, in the Army Reserves and as a husband and father. Boeing recruited a young Gene and he spent his 40-year career as an Aircraft on the Ground supervisor or AOG which took him to many places around the world. Outside of his career Gene took his love of this area to new heights when he climbed our Mt Rainier, an accomplishment he was so proud of. He was ever ready to work with his hands, creating the perfect joins, turning wood, restoring items to their former glory. In his later years Gene was a full-time member of the Dinosaur Coffee Gang at Starbucks, meeting with his friends to nurse a drink and talk over their plans for the day.

Gene leaves behind his wife, Jean Hammer; son, Karl Erik Hammer and husband Alberto Mendez; sister, JoAnn Jensen and husband Donald Jensen; stepchildren, Mary and Dave Janosik, Kay and Jim West, David and Robin Morris, Pat and Annette Morris, Laura Morris, and Mark Sutton. He is also survived by multiple grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other loved ones.

Those who will be there to watch the sun rises in Heaven with him are his wife, V. Elizabeth (Lisa) Hammer; parents, Bessie and Dwight Hammer; stepson, Daniel Morris and stepdaughter, Jennifer Sutton.

Donations may be made in Gene’s honor to either The Foundation Fighting Blindness, The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, or The American Heart Association. Please share a memory of Gene on the tribute wall at

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