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Dewey Secrist ( Missoula 1948 )

posted: Oct 11, 2005

Dewey Secrist passed away on August 13, 2005 at the age of 81, days short of celebrating his 60th wedding anniversary with his wife Jane. Dewey was born in Nevada, raised in Colorado, and ranched in Montana before serving in the Navy in WWII where he earned five battle stars. He met his bride in Philadelphia during the war. They moved west where Dewey jumped in 1948 and ’49. He knew many of those who were lost at Mann Gulch. After smokejumping, Dewey farmed in Colorado and ranched in Montana before moving east. He became an officer in Merchant Marines, sailing for over 25 years. He retired to “land” duty closer to home in the maintenance department of a school district in the suburbs of Philadelphia.