Lummis passes away at age 91

Doran Arp Lummis, 91, a longtime Cheyenne resident who was instrumental in launching Laramie County Community College, died May 21, 2019, at Davis Hospice in Cheyenne. 

Lummis served on the Laramie County Board of Commissioners, the Employment Securities Commission, the State Board of Agriculture, and the State Board of Equalization. Lummis was also a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and the Lion’s Club.

From a young age, Lummis worked as a ranch hand on his grandfather’s land south of Cheyenne. Lummis would go on to play basketball for the Cheyenne High School and eventually the University of Wyoming. Before he could graduate, Lummis was drafted into the Army during World War II, where he served until shortly after Japan surrendered. When he returned to Cheyenne, Lummis married Enid Bennett, and they raised four children together: Christine, Claudia, Cynthia and Del .   

Lummis played a critical role in LCCC’s establishment when he pushed for his family to donate the 150 acres that the college currently sits on. Lummis was known for his support for a community college in Cheyenne when other residents were opposed to a college because of the proximity to the University of Wyoming. 

“We wanted to leave something here,” Lummis said before his death. “People ought to do that. Maybe they just planted a tree. Maybe they did other acts of kindness. Maybe they just voted. When you check out of life, you need to leave something.”

Lisa Trimble, associate vice president of Institutional Advancement and friend of Lummis, spoke about her experience with him.   

“Doran always believed that education was important,” Trimble said. “Serving the students, helping kids and continuing to grow and create a vital community for Cheyenne, those were some of the things I really think he believed in. He took it upon himself to find a place for LCCC to call home.” 

The Arp building on LCCC’s campus was dedicated to Doran Arp Lummis and his family for their involvement and generosity with the college in 1981. Campus visitors can stop by the “Arp Lummis Story,” a wall dedicated to the Arp and Lummis family history and involvement with Cheyenne and LCCC. 

Doran Arp Lummis is survived by his children Christine, Claudia, Cynthia, and Del Lummis, his daughter-in-law Sally Lummis, his brother-in-law James Bennett, and his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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