DeWitt’s are Lamar Days Royalty

Parade Honor Guard

Parade Honor Guard

Life-long Lamar residents, Janet and Terry DeWitt have been selected as this year’s Lamar Days Royalty by the Lamar Zonta organization. The couple will lead the annual parade this Saturday morning, May 20th at 10am.  This year’s Lamar Days theme is, “Legends of the Wild West” and the parade route will be the same as last year, from East Olive Street to South Second and on to the west side of Willow Creek Park, ending at Pike’s Tower.

Terry DeWitt recounted how he came to be a Lamar resident, “As I understand, my great grand-father walked to the area from Ohio sometime after the Civil War and we’ve been here ever since.” He and Janet attended the schools in Lamar, from the May Valley School for Terry and the Lamar schools for Janet.

In 1958, Terry was working for Gail Mourning in construction and farming up until he joined the army and a few years afterwards when he got out in 1963. “A few years after that I bought a backhoe and have made a living by digging holes and covering them back up,” he stated.  Janet, who was a stay-at-home mother, ran the family business from their house in the 700 block of South Main Street while the business shifted to its better known location across from KLMR on the curve.

The DeWitts have three children and the business is now run by Dustin and his Wife, Stacey since around 2012. One daughter is in Greeley and Misty, a teacher, has been with the Alta Vista schools for many years.  The couple has six grandchildren and one step, great-grandchild.

By Russ Baldwin

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