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PRIMMER, Walter Clyde Walt
PRIMMER, Walter Clyde 'Walt' Passed away peacefully November 21, 2014 in Lancaster, California. Dad was born on April 10, 1920 to Margaret and Clyde Primmer in Lancaster. He attended grade school, high school (1938 graduate of A.V.J.U.H.S.) and two years of junior college in the Valley. In high school Dad was on the basketball, diving/swim and tennis team; lettering in all three sports. Dads love of swimming actually stayed with him throughout his life, leading him to winning numerous medals in the Senior Olympics. He continued to swim almost daily until he was 93 years old. During his junior college years and after, he worked in his fathers car garage repairing cars. It was there he learned a lot of his mechanical skills, and over the years, that knowledge saved him a lot of money on car repairs! On August 2, 1942 he married his sweetheart, Mildred (Mickey) Dunham. As young newlyweds, he and Mom enjoyed going down into the Los Angeles valley to listen and dance to the big bands of their era. Dad enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and was sent to Hawaii as an aviation machinist mate. Upon leaving the Navy, he went to work at the Muroc Army Base as an aviation mechanic. Dads love of all things aviation related started early with his father, Clyde, and continued throughout his career and life. Clyde built a Chanute Glider from plans found in the magazine, Popular Mechanics and ended up owning two planes in his lifetime. Dad soloed in 1946 and received his private pilots license. He took us kids up many times throughout the years. Dad also worked for Westinghouse, Northrup and General Electric from 1944 up until his retirement from G.E. in 1983. His career with G.E. took him on assignments to Thailand, Venezuela and Guatemala. He and Mom loved the experience of living in foreign countries, and especially enjoyed getting to know the local people and their customs. In 1945 the first of his three children, Judie, was born. Richard came along in 1948 and Kenneth in 1950. Dad liked to take our family camping in the Eastern Sierras every summer when we were young. We would all trailer camp and go on daily hiking and fishing adventures. Dad was a strict disciplinarian, a perfectionist and a hard working man. His and Moms unparalleled work ethics were passed to all us kids, for which we would be forever grateful. In 1944 Dad joined the Lancaster Elks Chapter #1625. Every Tuesday was known as 'Lodge' night, with Dad being a regular at most meetings. After retiring in 1983, he spent many hours tending to the plants and trees on the Elks grounds. (Damn those weeds!) He was forever a loyal Elks member and while in the hospital, he received his pen commemorating 70 years with the Chapter. In 1985 Dad and Mom bought an Alpenlite 5th Wheel trailer and were charter members of the Alpenlite Travel Club. Together with local friends, they traveled from San Diego to Nova Scotia, from Alaska to Key West and from Mazatlan to Seattle. They logged over 100,000 miles and created many memories during their journeys with the Travel Club. Dad and Mom were both members of the Antelope Valley Historical Society. There were able to add their long time knowledge of the Valley to many of the projects that the society has worked on over the years. Dad had a great sense of humor and was a witty conversationalist. His knowledge and love of both history and aviation drew any stranger in for a long narration of places traveled and unforgettable experiences. He was a good man and stayed true to his roots as a part of The Greatest Generation. Dad always had a special place in his heart for his five grandchildren and eventually, three great grandchildren. He will be missed, always. Walt is preceded in death by his wife, Mickey (2013), daughter Judie (2013) and son Kenneth (2001). He is survived by son, Richard; son-in-law, Bob Buxton; niece, Marilyn Williams (Fred); nephews, Barron Peterson (Lavonne), and Jeff Hungerford; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. A memorial of Walts life will be celebrated in April 2015.

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