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Obituary for Arvel Don Dean

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Arvel Don Dean

October 7, 1922 - January 14, 2012

Arvel Don Dean passed away on January 14, 2012, at home with his loving family surrounding him. Dad was born on October 7, 1922 in Evanston, Wyoming, to Arvel William and Abigail Vivian Anderson Dean.Arvel married his sweetheart Evelyn June West on February 20, 1945 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Their marriage was solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple on July 12, 1945. They shared 67 years together. Dad served in the Army Aircorp during World War II in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Dad worked as a Letter Carrier and supervisor for the post office, where he walked 18 miles a day. He retired in 1973. Arvel and Evelyn served in the Washington Spokane Mission. They loved the people so much, that when their mission was over they moved to Spokane to volunteer in the mission office and house sit for other couples going on missions. Dad loved being in the service of the Lord, enjoying 20 years serving as an ordinance worker in the Ogden Temple until it closed. Dad served on several Stake Missions and Bishoprics. Dad sang in several Barbershop Quartets for many years, loved to bowl and was on two bowling leagues on Mondays. Dad loved to be on the go. We often took Sunday rides and took many vacations as a family. When he was younger he took his sons pheasant and deer hunting. Dad is survived by his eternal companion Evelyn, children, Dennis (Cherrie) Dean, “Bibs” , Vivian Mcdonald, Janis (Colin) Kendell, Laurie (Dennis) Illum, Scott (Joyce) Dean, 19 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, 2 more on the way, and one great-great grandchild due in February. He is also survived by his siblings, Loel (Kathy) Dean, Dixie (Roy) Parker, Shirley (Sid) Smith, Judy Thompson, Kent Dean and Robert Dean.Dad was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Grant, George, Steven and sister Marsha, brother-in-law Dallas, sister-in-law Roseann, Grandchildren Rick Illum, Heather Eck, and grandson-in-law Troy. Funeral Services for Arvel will be held Friday, January 20, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Roy 31st Ward Chapel, 3345 West 5200 South, Roy. Family will meet with friends Thursday, January 19, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and also one hour prior to services on Friday at the Church. Interment will follow at Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park.The family wishes to thank the members of the Roy 31st ward for their love and support of the family. In lieu of flowers please donate to the LDS Missionary Fund or the LDS Humanitarian Aid. Services under the direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, January 20, 2012

Time: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Roy 31st Ward Chapel


3345 West 5200 South, , Roy, UT,

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Service Information

Date: Friday, January 20, 2012

Time: 2:00 pm -

Roy 31st Ward Chapel


3345 West 5200 South, , Roy, UT,

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Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, January 20, 2012

Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT,

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Timeline for Arvel Don Dean

Born: October 7, 1922
Died: January 14, 2012

Condolences for Arvel Don Dean

Grant L. and Janene S. Morgan posted on 2/5/12

Evelyn and Family, News just reached us today of Arvel's passing. Sister Morgan and I are so very sorry for your loss. I don't have the words to express my love and appreciation to the both of you for your devoted service and wonderful example to us and our family. Arvel was a good, good man. One won't find anyone better than him. He was an inspiration to me and I so enjoyed our conversations and associations working in the church. I am certain that he will be greeted by family and friends and the familiar words, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant." We will miss him. In the coming days and nights, we pray that you will find added love, peace and comfort from our Father in Heaven. Please know that we are thinking of you and are praying that you will be at peace. Thank you for your love and friendship. Elder Grant and Sister Janene Morgan Philippines Manila Mission


Lajuan West posted on 1/21/12

The funeral for Arvel was very nice, I felt like he would have loved everything that was said/ Each of the children were interesting and I especially like the beautiful music. Thanks for keeping it within the hour, I appreciate that in my old age. Bill and I will remember you in our prayers.


Dixie Dean Parker posted on 1/21/12

Dearest Evelyn and familyI have been thinking of all of you all day and wishing I could be there with you. Arvel was always a loving brother to me and we have managed to keep in touch through the years despite many moves far and wide on my part. He left a wonderful loving family as a great legacy. I will miss seeing his easy smile and his loving ways. I regret I never heard him sing.


junius southam posted on 1/21/12

we had the most wonderful time having you join us on a family dear hunt!!!what a great time we had together!!!!! dear friend ......till we meet again!!!


Janis Kendell posted on 1/20/12

Dad was the greatest example of the gospel. He will be missed by many. Love you Dad


Curt Shelton posted on 1/19/12

I will always cherish the honor of serving with Brother Dean in the Ogden Temple. His example of love and compassion to everyone there will truly be missed. May the Lord bless your family as much now as He did while Arvel was here. Love to you all.


Rosalie Polson posted on 1/18/12

Evelyn, I remember when you and Arvel were in our ward in Farr West. I remember Arvel singing at Ward functions and the funny & cute little moves he would do. I always admired the two of you. Every time I saw you there were smiles on your faces and you were happy. I remember what a sweet couple you were, always holding hands. That always touched me & made me tear up because it was so sweet. I saw and felt the love you had for each other always when I was around you. I know and understand the hurt and lose you are feeling right now, since it will be a year on Sunday since I lost my dear sweet daughter to cancer, and then lost my mom who was 95 years old 19 hours later - so year ago on Monday. Thank goodness for the gospel, family, and priesthood blessings.Please accept my sincere love and condulences to you and your family members I know at this time. I will keep you in my prayers.Sincerely,Rosalie Dabb Polson


Justin and Adrienne Dean posted on 1/16/12

Grandpa was such a positive influence in our lives and in the lives of our children. We will miss him in this life but we are grateful to know that we will see him again. We want Grandma to know how much we love her.Justin, Adrienne, Cole and Macie Dean