Dorman James Ewing was born on November 10, 1927, to Amos and Helen (Warner) Ewing in a ranch house east of Sundance, Wyoming. When he was nine years old the family moved to a ranch they bought on Houston Creek, west of Sundance, where he grew up. He attended rural Crook County Schools. When he was seventeen years old, he enlisted in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in 1946.
He married Ellen Frederiksen on May 21, 1949, and they lived in several Wyoming towns including Sundance, Newcastle, Sheridan, Edgerton and Gillette, as he worked on road construction and drove a truck. In 1969 they moved to Saratoga and in 1970 established Saratoga Corporation, a heavy equipment construction and trucking company, which he managed until retirement in 2010. In 1983 they bought some acreage north of Saratoga and established a small ranch. He built a big shop, sheds, barn and a nice cabin there and moved the Saratoga Corporation equipment there from a shop he had on West Bridge Street. He always had horses, mules or calves there that he enjoyed caring for, and also spent lots of time restoring old farm equipment, which worked like new when he was finished. He always had a team and gave wagon rides and sled rides to all who enjoyed doing that.
He was a member of the Town Council, the Planning Commission and the Landfill Board for many years. In 2002 he was presented with the Pioneer Award by the Wyoming Trucking Association for driving two million miles without an accident or a citation. In 2009 he was privileged to go on the September Honor Flight to Washington, DC where he viewed the World War II Memorial and other War Memorials.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Louella; and a sister, Mercedes Peery in 2009.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ellen; his children, Billy Ewing, Linda (Chuck) Larsen, both of Saratoga, and Sharon (John) Anderson of Encampment, Wyoming; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Gail Fall of Belle Fourche, South Dakota
He was a wonderful man who truly loved his family, his home and his little ranch.
Services are planned for Saturday, July 5, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Valley Chapel in the Saratoga Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Platte Valley Community Center, PO Box 128, Saratoga, WY would be appreciated.
Tributes and condolences may be offered online at www.carboncountyfuneralhome.com.