Fred S. Balmer


August 8, 1930 - October 11, 2013

Fred was a quiet man. He was a thinker and there never was a problem he couldn’t solve. He was an avid reader and loved doing projects around the house. He was a wonderful cook. He loved his family and especially his dog Freckles and all the critters that predeceased him.

Fred had a productive career as a store designer at West Coast Grocery in Tacoma, where he was the manager of the Store Development Department until his retirement. He had a hand in designing and directing construction on many food stores in Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

Fred Stevens Balmer was 83 years young. He was born in the city of Tacoma. He a graduate of Lincoln High School. Following high school he joined the Marine Corps Reserve and was activated in 1951 for Korean deployment. He was wounded in Korea and received a Purple Heart and a disability retirement from the Marine Corps.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mable (Bright) Balmer; his brother, James; and his sister, Sally.

He was a member of Ocean Shores Lions for 19 years and was awarded the prestigious Melvin Jones Humanitarian Award, the Washington State School Retirees Assoc., serving as the Grays Harbor/Pacific Unit’s president saying that “I am an engineer by trade and a teacher by marriage”, and the NRTA Division of AARP.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, JoAnn; daughters, Jeri Smith (Brady), Teri Balmer (Marsha), Robin Balmer Logan (Tom); grandsons, Justin Smith (Abby), Matthew Smith (April), Mackenzie and Spencer Balmer Logan; granddaughter, Elizabeth Smith; one great-grandson, Andrew; two great-granddaughters, Maryann and Mia; his brother, Phillip (Janice); and four nephews and three nieces.

Your family and all those you touched and helped through the years will miss you.

Memorial services will be held at Mountain View Memorial Park at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 21, 2013, and in the Ocean Shores Lions building at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 24, 2013.