Emanuel Nicholas "Dick" Hammer, the long-time owner of Dick's Cafe who was involved in southern Utah's early movie industry, has died at age 94.
Mr. Hammer, who always called himself "the plainest man in town," died Friday in St. George.A cowboy in Arizona and Colorado in his younger years, Mr. Hammer was an accomplished horseman and worked on many Western movies as an extra and a stuntman.
He and his family owned and operated Dick's Cafe, an institution in St. George, for 57 years. Tying together his two careers, Mr. Hammer catered food to movie sets through his business, Have Food Will Travel.
While running his restaurant, Mr. Hammer found time to compete in rodeos, run his own cutting horse show and serve as president of Intermountain Quarter Horse Association, director of the American Quarter Horse Association, President of the Utah Restaurant Association, and as 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 47'47 as a "Quiet Pioneer" for the State state of Utah. Mr. Hammer joined the LDS church less than two years ago.
Born February 27, 1902, in Brown County, Illinois, he was the son of Louis and Elizabeth Hendrix Hammer. He married Delma "Buttons" Miller July 6, 1943, in Las Vegas. She preceded him in death on April 21, 1994.
Surviving family members include one daughter and two sons: Tony Fenn of Las Vegas, Nev.; Nick of West Yellowstone, Mont.; Craig of St. George; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife and one grandson, Shane Hammer.
Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the St. George LDS 5th Ward Chapel. Burial will be in the St. George City Cemetery.