Don H. Plummer, a resident of Pleasanton, died Dec. 16, 2019, at the age of 97. He was born in Chicago, the only child of Elsie Atkinson and Don M. Plummer. He grew up in Bushnell, Illinois, where he was raised by the Miller family after his mother’s death in 1937.
He attended Bushnell High School, where he was a star athlete in football, basketball and baseball. After graduation, he attended Bradley University until he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard during WW II. He served with the Pacific Fleet and eventually settled in San Francisco after his discharge, having grown fond of the mild California winters and swearing he would never again shovel snow.
He found a position as a bank teller on Market Street, where he met his future wife, Marjorie Brunelli. They were married on June 18, 1949, and were together for 53 years until her passing in 2003. Don is survived by their 5 children Donna Douglas, Harriet Burns (Ed), Sue Price (Larry), Warren Plummer and Mary Noble; 10 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren.
Don was a General Motors dealer during most of his working life, with dealerships in Fremont, Livermore, Jackson, Quincy and Reno. He was also an avid golfer, fisherman, hunter and story teller. He was the oldest member of Castlewood Country Club, where he spent many days playing golf, playing cards, and enjoying a cocktail or two. His mind was always as sharp as a tack and he could deliver a joke with the right punch-line every time. No matter what the subject he had a joke about it.
Friends and family will reminisce about some of his one-liners and recall some of those stories at Castlewood Country Club, 707 Country Club Circle, Pleasanton, on Jan. 26, from 2-5 pm. Please join in celebrating Don’s life.