Emanuel Nicholas "Dick" Hammer, age 94, died Friday, January 3, 1997 in St. George, Utah.
He was born February 27, 1902 in Brown County, Illinois to Louis and Elizabeth Hendrix Hammer. He married Delma "Buttons" Miller July 6, 1943 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She preceded him in death April 21, 1994.Affectionately known as "Dick," Mr. Hammer has lived in St. George most of his life where he and his family owned and operated the famous Dick's Cafe. Involved in the early Southern Utah Western movie industry, h e catered the movies through his business. "Have Food Will Travel."
An accomplished horseman and cowboy, he also worked in many Westerns as an extra and a stunt man. He developed many close friendships with many movie stars and production people. Wile running his restaurant, Mr. Hammer found time to compete in rodeos, run his own cutting horse show and serve as president of the Intermountain Quarter Horse Association, director of the American Quarter Horse Association, president of the Utah Restaurant Association, and was a lifetime member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association. He was also a member of both the Lions Club and Elks Lodge.
He was inducted into the Utah Tourism Hall of Fame, established to recognize those people in the state who have been pioneers in tourism development. He was also inducted into the Utah Restaurant Hall of Fame in 1995 and was recognized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Days of 47 as a "Quiet Pioneer" for the State of Utah. In his early years, he worked as a cowboy in colorado and Arizona. He recently joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Spring of 1995. A man who touched many lives and owner of a restaurant which became a Southern Utah landmark, Mr. Hammer always called himself "the plainest man in town."
Surviving family members include one daughter and two sons: Tony and husband, Packy Fenn of las Vegas, NV; Nick and wife, Becky Hammer of West Yellowstone, Montana; Craig and wife, Debra Hammer of St. George; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife and one grandson, Shane Hammer.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 7, 1997, at 11 a.m. at the St. George LDS 5th Ward chapel, 85 South 400 East. Friends may call on Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Metcalf Mortuary, 300 West St. George Blvd., and on Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the chapel prior to services.
Interment in the St. George City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to the Dixie Regional Med Center Foundation.
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