(Lander, Wyo.) - Lander area maintenance supervisor Don Detimore is retiring Jan. 3rd from the Wyoming Department of Transportation after more than 39 years of service.

Detimore was hired as a maintenance worker in 1974 as a seasonal snowplow operator in Dubois. He worked as a maintenance worker in Shoshoni and on South Pass. He was promoted to equipment operator, heavy equipment operator, and maintenance foreman, all at the South Pass station.

He was promoted to his present position in Lander more than 18 years ago. He supervises South Pass, Dubois, Lander and Riverton maintenance crews.

“In my time at WYDOT, I’ve seen many major changes, including the use of better equipment, a reduction in crew sizes, and a major increase in the amount of road to be covered,” Detimore said.

Detimore is a Riverton native, and he graduated from Dubois High School in 1970. He attended college at Central Wyoming College in Riverton.

Detimore and his wife, Patty, have six children and 13 grandchildren.

Detimore will celebrate his retirement at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, with a cake and coffee reception at WYDOT’s office in Lander. Detimore’s family will host a second party for Detimore on Jan. 18 at the Riverton Elks Lodge in Riverton.

–WYDOT