Dean Hamilton, WWII, Korean and Vietnam Veteran, passed away January 28, 2023 peacefully at his home in Layton, Utah. He was born in Rexburg, Idaho on May 15, 1927, to Moroni and Lillie Keppner Hamilton. He was the youngest of 12 children. He attended school there until he was 16 when he ran away to join the Navy. He had to have a parent sign at that age but since he was quite a little stinker as a youth his mother signed the paper thinking it might straighten him up.
He came home on leave which is when he met his sweetheart, Betty Jean. Then after returning to duty he became sick and was discharged after two years of service. He married Betty Jean on March 14, 1948 and were later sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple. They had three children; Randall, Sheila, and Rhonda. He joined and served in the Air Force for 18 more years, in France, Alaska, Utah, California, Arizona, and Texas.
He is survived by his two daughters, 12 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and one sister Fern Yoriando, living in Boise, Idaho.
Dean is preceded in death by his wife Betty Jean Hamilton, son Randall Dean Hamilton, his mother Lillie Keppner, father Moroni Hamilton, four brothers, and six sisters.
After 20 years of military service, he retired and then worked for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, retiring after 10 years . He then started his own tractor business which he loved.
Dean was all about enjoying the great outdoors. He loved fishing, hunting, boating, and camping.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served in many callings. He served a temple mission with his wife in Dallas, Texas from 1985 to 1986.
And he loved and served his country with pride…
After 95 years here on earth his journey has just begun to reunite with those he lived with and loved before.
Funeral services will be held Friday, February 3, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the Dawson Hollow Ward Chapel, 2435 E. Canyon Rim Dr., Layton, Utah. Friends may visit with family Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Rd., Layton, Utah and Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church.
Interment, Kaysville City Cemetery.