John “Mick” Cimmiyotti of Hermiston, Ore., passed away on July 11, 2016 at the age of 92. He was born at home in Clem, Ore., to John C. and Mildred E. Cimmiyotti. He attended a one room grade school at Clem and Condon high school. At the age of 17, he went to work in the shipyards in Seattle, Wash., where he then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was a machinist’s mate, Second Class in the 65th Construction Battalion. He served in Casablanca, Africa, Sicily and England. He survived three amphibious landings. Upon his honorable discharge, he married Maxine E. Norris and they returned to Kimberly, Ore., to help run his father’s ranch. They started their family which produced six sons and two daughters and 68 years of marriage.
They moved to Arlington, Ore., in 1954 where he started Cimmiyotti & Son’s Construction. He was instrumental in the relocation of the town of Arlington, Ore., due to the John Day dam. He joined the Operating Engineers Local 701 Union and worked on the freeway construction from Biggs to Ontario, Ore. In 1966 they moved to Huntington, Ore., then in 1974 to Irrigon and purchased a small farm to raise sheep, cows and goats. He started El Coyote Construction during the construction of the Coal Fire Plant.
He retired in 1986 and moved to Hermiston but continued to do small backhoe and grader jobs until he was 86. He also raised Dexter cattle and goats. He loved his animals, gardening and all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s sports and 4-H activities.
He was preceded in death by his wife Maxine, parents John and Mildred Cimmiyotti, brothers Tom, Jim and Paul, sister Eleanor McClaskey and son Chuck Cimmiyotti.
He is survived by seven children; Judy Robinson (Roger), Scott Cimmiyotti (Renae), Bradley Cimmiyotti (Bonnie), Marcia Anderson (Larry), Phillip Cimmiyotti (Debbie), Blake Cimmiyotti, Pat Cimmiyotti (Becky), sister Teek McClaskey, 23 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday July 16, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Burns Mortuary Chapel.
Burial with full military honors will follow at Hermiston cemetery. After which, a luncheon will be held at the First Christian Church, 775 W. Highland Ave., Hermiston, Ore. Burns Mortuary is in care of the arrangements.
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