Donald Frank Dittmar
July 2, 1928 - Jan. 30, 1024
Donald Frank Dittmar passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Woodland. Donald grew up in Martinez, and spent his summers in South Lake Tahoe at the family cabin. His love of the outdoors started with his many summer adventures. Donald attended Alhambra Union High School and graduated in 1946. His college years were spent at the UC Berkeley School of Engineering, where he was also a member of Delta Chi. He graduated in 1952. Donald was a Korean War veteran and served as a first lieutenant in the Signal Corps. After serving his country, he returned to California to work for the state Department of Transportation from 1953 to 1967 in the maintenance design department. He joined the city and county of San Francisco Department of Public Works, retiring in 1983 as a senior building inspector. Donald married Carol Hultman in 1991 and together they raised two daughters, Ingrid and Margot, who were his great joy.
Donald had a passion for real estate that began when he was in high school, with the purchase of a building with his mother. Throughout the years he purchased many properties in San Francisco, Rumsey and Paris. Each property brought challenging restoration projects, which Donald thoroughly enjoyed. His longest project was the conversion of the J.M. Morrin General Store property in Rumsey into his permanent home. He was a talented craftsman and architect. Everything he did was done with meticulous attention to detail.
A loss to all who knew him. He gave to us all. Donald will be dearly missed and always remembered with great love.
Donald is survived by his wife Carol, and daughters Ingrid and Margot. He is also survived by his sister, Virginia Wells and her husband Wallace; and two nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Maude (Honegger) Dittmar.
A celebration of Donald's life will be held at the Rumsey Town Hall, at 1 p.m., Sunday, March 23. In lieu of flowers, donations in Donald's memory may be made to Friends of the Esparto Regional Library, P.O. Box 787, Esparto.
Published in Daily Democrat from Feb. 27 to Mar. 18, 2014