David Thomas HAMER (1933 - 2018)

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HAMER, David Thomas

Surrounded by his loving family, David Thomas Hamer, age 85, resident of Spokane WA died on September 3, 2018.
Dave was born in Spokane, WA on March 7, 1933 to Charles Leslie and Katherine Maine Hamer. He attended Holmes Elementary, Gonzaga Prep in 1942, Gonzaga University 1946 and joined the army in 1949-53 as a Battery Commander of 602nd Field Artillery. Dave leaves behind his loving and devoted wife of 59 years, Susan Aroa Hamer, son David Owen Hamer (deceased 2016) (Heather Hamer) of Tracy CA, daughter Elizabeth Ann Hamer (Robert Repp) Post Falls, Idaho, daughter Cathleen Susan d'Almeida (Daniel d'Almeida) Coupeville, WA, daughter Teresa Sadlowski (Mark Sadlowski) Nashville, TN, and ten grandchildren: Georgia, Abigale, Claire, Collin (Rachelle), Casey, Cory, Amanda, Dawson, Joseph Palmer and David Parker. In November 1957, Dave opened his first clothing store in Dishman, later Shadle, South Hill, Northtown, Downtown, Pullman, University Mall and Coeur d'Alene. He employed many dear friends throughout the years as well as his kids during high school. He retired from the clothing business in 2001 after 44 years.
Dave enjoyed traveling to Mexico in the winter and skiing Utah in March with his family. Everything he did was to keep the family together. He enjoyed his lake place at Coeur d'Alene Lake where it has been an annual family reunion spot for his children and grandkids for the last 47 years. All the cousins say their absolute favorite place is the lake house! They have developed such amazing memories and connections. Dave also enjoyed playing golf (picking up after five shots to par the hole), Gonzaga Basketball and being around his good friends. Dave had a great sense of humor and a love for politics and his country. He had a tremendous sense of style and took pride in an impeccable wardrobe that inspired one to always look their best. He was a mentor to many. Dave was as devoted to his religion as his family. He was a dedicated Catholic and was generous contributor to many charitable initiatives. He was a member of GU Board of Regents, Retail Committee of Expo 74, Spokane County Plan Commissions, Spokane Chamber Board, Spokane Community College Business Committee, House of Charity and Meals on Wheels.
Dave was a generous, kind and loyal friend that will be missed. He was caring of his retail employees and their families, creating an extended family through his business years. He was articulate and passionate with his words when writing letters or speeches. We will also miss his thoughtful Letters to the Editor that he diligently crafted.
Dave requests no flowers. If you wish to make a donation we request Catholic Charities, Shriners Hospital, Salvation Army, Morning Star Ranch or Union Gospel Mission.
Dave's Funeral Mass will be celebrated on September 15, 2018 at 11:00am at Sacred Heart Church, 219 E. Rockwood Blvd., Spokane, WA 99202. Reception following at Manito Golf and Country Club, 5303 S. Hatch Rd., Spokane, WA 99223.

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Published in Spokesman-Review from Sept. 9 to Sept. 12, 2018
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