Dwight LaMar, 86, long time Winslow resident and native of Arizona, passed away on Saturday, April 2, 2011, in Flagstaff. At his request there will be no funeral service.
He was born at home in Morristown, Ariz., on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 29,1924. He was the sixth of seven children. His parents Colonel Horald “C.H.” and Ila Casebier LaMar had moved in 1916 from Kansas to Northern Arizona, then to Castle Hot Springs Junction in 1924, where “C.H.” was employed as section foreman for the Santa Fe Railroad.
Dwight attended Morristown Elementary, a rural one-room school, and graduated from Wickenburg High School in 1942. He entered the U.S. Army during World War II and trained as an infantryman. He was later assigned to the 842nd Signal Service Company overseas in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations as a cryptographic technician, enciphering and deciphering classified messages. He was honorably discharged in November 1945.
Dwight hired out as an operator with the Santa Fe Railroad in 1946 at Castle Hot Springs Junction. He became a train dispatcher in 1949 at Winslow, where he continued his railroad career. In 1976 he was appointed to the position of chief dispatcher of the Albuquerque Division.
His railroad service began when communications were primarily by lantern signals, telegraph keys and Morse Code. By his retirement in 1984, the railroad was using sophisticated “space age” computer technology in its system-wide operations.
Dwight was the third generation of five in the LaMar family who worked for the AT&SF Railroad commencing with his Grandfather James S. LaMar, who hired out in 1890 in Chanute, Kan.; Father C.H. LaMar, section foreman; Dwight, chief dispatcher; daughter Beverlee Carrell, clerk steno, and her husband, David Carrell, locomotive engineer; grandson Rhett Carrell, locomotive engineer; and grandson Houston Carrell, conductor. All five generations worked on the Albuquerque Division.
Dwight married Marie Sharar on April 21, 1951, at the Methodist Church in Winslow.
He grew up exploring the desert. His knowledge of the outdoors served him well. He hunted and fished throughout his life and passed on these skills to his grandsons.
He spent time working with his brother-in-law Bill Tipton on the ranch at Gisela near Payson.
Dwight mastered the guitar and mandolin, and enjoyed jamming at Blue Grass festivals. His daughter
Beverlee shared her dad’s love of horses and music. His past time was gardening, and sharing the bounty with friends and neighbors.
In 2005, Dwight was diagnosed with lung cancer. He received treatment under the care of Dr. Paul Kuefler and the staff at Flagstaff’s Cancer Center for six years, and benefitted from the prayers of many, many people.
Survivors include his wife, Marie; daughter, Beverlee (David) Carrell; grandsons, Rhett (Heather) Carrell and Houston Carrell; great-grandchildren, John Brett and Nicole Katherine Carrell; and two sisters, Ena McGuire of Morristown and Ila Mae (John) Sutherlin of Glendale.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Clyde and DeLoss LaMar; and two sisters, Dorothy Tipton and Beverlee Ruth LaMar.
For those who wish to remember Dwight, in lieu of flowers donations can be made to Diablo Trust, P.O. Box 3058, Flagstaff, Ariz. 86003, a 501(c)(3) non-profit management team preserving 426,000 acres of land in Northeastern Arizona so there will always be a West, or Olivia White Hospice, P.O. Box 997, Flagstaff, Ariz. 86002, a non-profit operated in conjunction with Northland Hospice and Palliative Care.
Arrangements were under the direction of Norvel Owens Mortuary.