Larry Dummer

Posted: Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Longtime Juneau resident Larry Dummer died Jan. 19, 2009, at his home. He was 87.

Born June 9, 1921, in Colorado Springs, Colo., he attended Colorado Springs High School and Colorado College. He was a descendent of early pioneers and grandnephew to Jerome Wheeler, who sold his interest in Macy's department store to build a silver refinery, the Jerome Hotel and Wheeler opera house in Aspen, Colo.

He served as a World War II naval flight engineer. He owned and operated Aspen Motors in Aspen, Colo., 1946-51, and then an auto and marine business in Colorado Springs for 22 years.

He fulfilled his lifelong dream of living in Alaska when he and his wife, Ann, moved to Juneau in 1975. The two of them owned and operated a boat charter business, chartering their 40-passenger boat, the C'est si Bon, to the Cousteau group, National Geographic, Sea World, glaciologists from around the world and various companies. They particularly enjoyed their charters for local celebrations and weddings. He was a Juneau resident for 33 years.

His family said he loved fishing and hunting and was an ardent swimmer and water skier. He had many tales of his young adult years of working on Pikes Peak, Colo. He loved the mountains and the sea and took numerous trips to Mexico for marlin fishing, and to the Caribbean, but never tired of the beautiful mountains and sea life in Alaska.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ann Dummer; daughters, Judy Thomson, of Las Vegas, and Diane Andresen, of Juneau; grandson, PW Andresen, of Seattle, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews in New Mexico, Texas and California.

At his request, no memorial service will be held. He asked that his ashes be spread over Icy Straights and Pikes Peak, Colo.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Hospice, 419 Sixth St., Juneau, AK 99801; the Juneau Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska, 3100 Channel Drive, Suite 19, Juneau, AK 99801; or to charity of choice. Cards can be sent to 9216 Long Run Drive, Juneau, AK 99801.

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