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Denver C. (Dennie) Latimer


1921 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Denver C. (Dennie) Latimer Obituary
DENVER C. LATIMER (DENNIE) Denver C. Latimer (Dennie) passed on peacefully March 6, 2014 surrounded by his family. He was born on August 9, 1921 in San Francisco. His parents were Denver C. Latimer Sr. and Dora Latimer. He was predeceased by the woman he loved, Kathleen Latimer. They were married for 67 years. As a youth, Dennie spent his years in Butte Creek Canyon where his father operated the DeSabla Power House. He attended high school at Chico High and graduated in 1938. He graduated from the University of California School of Pharmacy (San Francisco) in 1943. In that year, he joined the Navy as a lieutenant and served his country in World War II in the Pacific. After the war, Dennie moved back to Chico and worked as a pharmacist. In late 1946, he moved to Los Molinos and opened Latimer's Pharmacy, which he operated for over 30 years. After he sold his pharmacy, he managed and worked in other pharmacies in Northern California until his retirement. Dennie was a very active member of the Los Molinos community serving as President of the Los Molinos School Board, the Los Molinos Cemetery Board, and the Tehama County Planning Commission. In addition, he was a long time member of the California State Board of Pharmacy where he served as President. He was an old-fashioned mortar and pestle pharmacist. Early in his career, he created an analgesic ointment designed to control an outbreak of mastitis in the local dairy community. He modestly named it Lat-i-Balm. It also worked to cure muscle strain and athletic injuries and he manufactured and sold it until he retired. Dennie loved his family, his work, and his community. He had a strong faith in God and his fellow human beings. He closely followed the Los Molinos "Bulldogs". He was an ardent and optimistic and long forgiving fan of the Cal Bears. He was a sweet but lethal trout fisherman. He enjoyed the Tuscan hillscape and the canyons and streams that drained the western slopes of Mt. Lassen. He fished them all and especially where these waters entered the Sacramento River. The mouth of Mill Creek was his favorite spot. He was asked many times why he was moved to leave Chico to open a pharmacy in Los Molinos, a town that didn't have at that time a medical doctor that wrote prescriptions. His answer was that "Los Molinos had better fishing." Dennie was predeceased by his two brother-in-laws, Jerry Horan and Tom Horan , and Tom's wife, Virginia, his sister-in-law, and several cousins. Dennie is survived by and was a loving father and father-in-law to Dennis (MaryAnn) Latimer, Mary Jo (Steve) Fox, Kathleen (James) Stadler, Elizabeth (George) Coffey, and Patrick (Cheryl) Latimer. He loved his 13 grandchildren, Denver, Dylan, Lizzie, Katie, Megan, Kelly, Jimmy, Patrick, Christopher, Michael, Kylie, Maureen and Brendan, and 15 great -grandchildren, Bailey, Connor, Brendan, Chloe, Jacob, Matthew, Daniel, Joseph, Abigail, Zoey, Lucas, Bridgett, Kira, Colton and Cooper. Dennie is also survived by his sister-in-law, Lynne Horan, 4 nephews, 2 nieces and several cousins. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, March 21, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 814 Solano Street, Corning, California. A brief graveside service will be held after the funeral at the Los Molinos Cemetery with a reception following at the Los Molinos Veteran's Hall. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Los Molinos High School Alumni Association, in care of the Brusie Funeral Home or directly to the school. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.brusiefh.com.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record from Mar. 15 to Mar. 17, 2014
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