Dee (Donald Dale, Jr.) Pitcher, 63

Dee (Donald Dale, Jr.) Pitcher, son, brother, husband, father, friend, born January 11, 1956, to Donald Dale Pitcher, Sr. and Iris Mae Hemphill Pitcher, passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack January 12, 2019, one day after his 63rd birthday and two days shy of the four-year anniversary of his daughter Kimberly’s passing.

Dee graduated from Highland High School in 1974, even after being quite the social animal that would define his life. He married Leanna Bashaw in 1979; they had two children, Kimberly Dawn and Casey William. He and Leanna divorced, but remained friends. In 2009, he married Tina Roush, making Cottonwood their home. She passed away in 2014. He had recently become engaged to Missy Freand and was planning a July wedding.

He spent four years in the Navy Seabees and was a member of the Elk City American Legion.

He had many passions; one was as an advanced EMT and trainer while in Elk City.

He loved being in the outdoors: fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, and road-tripping, instilling those traits in his children. He enjoyed bowling, jamming with other musicians—playing his harmonica, and socializing with friends and family. No one was a stranger for long where Dee was concerned. He loved being around people.

He was predeceased by his parents, Don and Iris; brother, Perry; daughter, Kimberly; niece, Heather; and nephew, Shawn. He is survived by his son, Casey (Lindsay); grandchildren, Orian and Raeley Beeler; sisters, Ren’a (Gary) Ball, Shal’a (Lyle) Rowan, and Erion (Mark) Smith; as well as nieces and nephews: Savannah, Sarah, J.C., Seth, Jessi, Sierra, and Nathan. He also left behind his fiancée, Missy and her children; his first wife, Leanna;.his sister-in-law, Mellonie; several step-children from his second marriage; and his beloved dog, Andy.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, January 19, at the Grangeville Eagles’ Hall, at 11:00 a.m. Bring a dish to share and stories to tell. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home of Grangeville. You may submit your condolences online at

Condolences to the family of Dee (Donald Dale, Jr.) Pitcher, 63

  • Marvelene Case says:

    He will be missed. Ken and I were lucky to know him for many years.Sorry we are too far away to attend the services. The family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Bradley Lobdell Sr says:

    Rest easy Dee. It was a pleasure to know and work with you.
    Hope you’re fishing with Randy up there.

  • Jean Unruh says:

    I’m so sorry for the loss of Dee. My heart goes out to Casey and the family. May the many great memories bring you some comfort.

  • Kathy Ruzicka says:

    He was a funny man love to party loved people loved his families I enjoyed him by Dee friend

  • Debi Baldwin Andrews Venneman says:

    So sorry to hear about Dee’s death. We had alot of fun playing pinochole with him and LeAnn in Lowell in the late 80’s. Our children had fun together as well.

  • Betsy Harding Walker says:

    Deepest Sympathies to the families for their loss of Dee. Full of life he was always. Nice to have watched your family grow over the years. Grateful to call you friend.

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