Dennis Hemmer

Dennis Hemmer, 69, died Saturday, June 1, 2019, in Aurora, Colo., from a recently diagnosed cancer.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, June 11 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 3422 North College Drive, in Cheyenne. Cremation has taken place.

Dennis was born June 22, 1949, in Shelby to Charles and Helen Hemmer. He grew up in Shelby. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana in Wildlife Biology and a master’s in Resource Conservation.

His long career took him from being a BLM caretaker of an official ghost town one winter, to becoming Commissioner of State Lands for the State of Montana. In 1989, he and his family moved to Cheyenne, where he served as director of Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality until 2003. Then, from 2004 until he retired in 2014, Dennis was the tree specialist for the Laramie County Conservation District.

Dennis loved the outdoors and all things in it. He became passionate about growing wildflowers and providing habitat for various types of bees. He enjoyed woodworking, old guns and fixing up vehicles.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Kay; sisters, Susan Lutke (Doug) and Mary Jane Borlaug (Bud); brother, Joe (Marie) Hemmer; numerous nieces, nephews and their children; and brother-in-law, Stephan Earl (Donna). 

He was preceded in death by his parents and by his son, Matthew.