Donald G. Dewey, 53, a retired personnel specialist for the Department of the Army who was active in the Masons and in automobile and music clubs, died Feb. 6 at Fairfax Hospital. He had cancer.

Mr. Dewey, who lived in Alexandria, was a civilian employe of the Army Department for 25 years before retiring in 1973 from the Office of the Chief of Staff here. He began his career as a position classification specialist with the Army Ordnance Corps in the Panama Canal Zone and later worked at Fort McPherson, Ga. After transferring to this area in 1966, he also worked for the Office of the Surgeon General.

He was self-employed as a business consultant after his retirement.

A native of Hazel Green, Wis., Mr. Dewey was reared in Rockford, Ill., and in the Panama Canal Zone. In 1953-55, he served in the Army here and in Panama.

He was a Mason and an active member of the Kena Temple and Alexandria Court No. 162 of the Royal Order of the Jesters. He also was a member of the Horological Society, the Rolls Royce Owners club and Bentley Drivers Club, the American Theater Organ Society and the Montgomery County and Metropolitan Organ Clubs.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Ursula I., of Alexandria; his mother, Eleanor E. Dewey, and a sister, Elva Higbee, both of Rockford, and a sister, Mavis Pals of Pecatonica, Ill.