Donald J. Kammerzell
December 16, 2021
Donald J. Kammerzell passed away on November 8, 2021, from natural causes. He was born in Colfax, WA, on January 29, 1938, to Delbert F. and Miriam (Riggs) Kammerzell. He had one brother, Robert Kammerzell. He graduated from Colfax High School in 1957. He married Diane Utgaard and had two children Tom Kammerzell and Sandy (Tyson) Haugen. The marriage ended in divorce. He worked for the Whitman County Survey Department his entire career.
He was very proud of owning the family farm that his parents had purchased two years before his birth. He loved his old cars and hunting. He took great pleasure in being a very accurate shot. Later in life he met and became a life partner of Dorothy (Dot) Bugh. They spent many happy years together, especially at the regional casinos. He was liked by all he met.
The family would like to thank Dr. B. Johnson of the Whitman Medical Clinic for his care throughout Don's life. They would also like to thank the staff at Whitman Hospital and especially the care and love he was shown by the staff at Ladow Court Care Center at the end of his life. Also thank you to the Hospice Care program for their support and care.
Don was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Robert. He is survived by his son Tom (Cheryl) and his daughter Sandy (Tyson). In addition there are five grandchildren Abbie (Chuck) DeMeerleer, Elizabeth (Dustin) Carter, Sam (Peach) Kammerzell, Jessica Haugen, and Matthew Haugen. There are also seven great grandchildren.
At his request there will be no service and a private family burial will take place at a later date. Bruning Funeral Home is handling the arrangements for the family.