Dewey Primmer Passes Away at 81

Dewey Primmer

Dewey S. Primmer died on Nov. 11, 2020 at his home in Hermiston at the age of 81.

He was born on Oct. 28, 1939 in Grangeville, Idaho to Millard and Elsie Shadduck Primmer.

Dewey was raised in Post Falls, Idaho and graduated from high school in Rathdrum, Idaho, class of 1957. He then joined the United States Navy and served for the first 10 years on ships, and as a recruiter for the last 10 years in Seattle, Wash. He was honorably discharged in 1977 and was only the fourth recipient of the Gold Wreath Award for recruiting.

Dewey was united in marriage to Donna Webb on April 15, 1967 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. They settled in Hermiston in 1977, where they have lived since. Dewey worked for various business in Hermiston, as well as farming for Dan McCarty, which he truly enjoyed. He was an avid fisherman who enjoyed camping, being camp cook, hunting and yearly trips to Odell Lake, and he loved his dogs. He cherished time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Donna Primmer; children, Dianna (Mark) Dufrene, Deanna (Mark) Robert, Debra (Jim) Fothergill, Douglas (Karen) Primmer, Donald (Dana) Primmer, Darrell (Jana) Primmer and Dale (Brenda) Primmer; 17 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dewey was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Lavern and John Primmer.

A private family burial will be held at the Hermiston Cemetery.

Those who wish may make contributions in Dewey’s memory to Boys Town, American Cancer Society or VFW Avenue of Flags, in care of Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, P.O. Box 289, Hermiston, Ore., 97838. Please share memories of Dewey with his family at

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements


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