Plain City, Utah–Dean E. Anderson, 75, passed away peacefully on July 10, 2023 at his Plain City home of Dementia. He was born on February 1, 1948 in Preston, Idaho to Carrol Millard Kendall and Marion Lucille Neff. Dean attended Box Elder High School and graduated in 1966, lettering in six sports. Dean then attended Weber State University where he studied engineering.
Dean served during the Vietnam War. He was drafted into the US Army in 1968 and served both in Germany and Czechoslovakia helping ensure the Russians didn’t invade the border. He was a door gunner in a Chinook Helicopter Squadron performing rescue operations.
Dean was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, holding numerous callings. He was ordained to the office of Seventy by S. Dilworth Young and was able to serve as a missionary. He was also a High Priest and served in six bishoprics as executive secretary.
He worked at Smith’s Food King, then ATK where he helped build and test engines and the propulsion systems for the Space Shuttle for 31 years. He then worked at Fresenius Medical, maintaining production line robots for 13 years before retiring a second time.
Dean married Barbara Romer in the LDS Ogden Temple on June 4, 1971. They had six children, Tammy (Greg) Reynolds, Marcie Hill, Cristy (Jeremie) Poppleton, Aleshia (Tom) Gibby, Brian (Heidi) Anderson, and Trisha Anderson. They were later divorced.
He married Lori Peterson in the Bountiful Temple on April 28, 2000 and they were later sealed there on October 26, 2001. With their union he received four more children, Sara Mortenson; Michael (Kira) Mortenson, Scott Mortenson, and Jan (Spencer) Hafer.
Dean is survived by his wife of 23 years, Lori Anderson; his children and his 27 grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Dennis (Barbara) Kendall, Geri (Reed) Halling, Donnell (Mike) Nelson, JoEllen (Val) Gunther, Ernie (Connie) Anderson, and Clay (Sheri) Anderson; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his children, Sara and Scott Mortenson; parents, Don and Marion Anderson, who raised him; and by his birth father, Carrol Kendall.
Dean enjoyed watching Jazz games on TV and attending them with Lori. He enjoyed doing puzzles and reading histories of John Stockton and Larry Miller and competing with Lori in golf. She generally won.
Special thanks to the staff or Valeo Hospice for their special care given Dean, with especial thanks to Aaron and Lexi. They are truly professionals.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 18, 2023 at 11 a.m. at the Plain City 2nd Ward Chapel, 2952 North 4200 West. Friends may visit with family on Monday from 6 to 8 pm at Lindquist’s North Ogden Mortuary, 2140 North Washington Blvd., and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the church. Interment, where military honors will be accorded, will follow at Plain City Cemetery.
Services will be live-streamed and available the day of the services by scrolling to the bottom of Dean’s obituary page at: www.lindquistmortuary.com, where condolences may also be shared.