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Obituary - June 24, 2017

David “Dash” Charles Hammer, 66, passed away, June 14, of complications from a stroke. He was born in 1950 in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, the first son of Gilmore and Neva (Eckmann) Hammer. The family moved around Minnesota and South Dakota and finally settled in the small town of Olivia, Minnesota when he entered the third grade. There he met Jeff Vadheim,with whom he became a lifelong friend through a shared passion for stamp collecting. He graduated from high school in Mason City, Iowa. The family moved yet again to Garland, Texas, where Hammer entered Texas A&M Commerce, graduating with a degree in music education. From 1974-1979, Hammer completed his master’s in music history while simultaneously building a brand-new band program in Paris, Texas.