Dee was born in Panguitch, Utah on October 7th, 1927 to Loris E. (Fuzz) and Hilda Orten Chidester. He was the eldest of four children: Art Chidester, Ted Chidester, and Lola Henrie. Once raised, he went on to serve aboard the U.S.S. MC CAFFREY DD860 in the United States Navy during World War II.
Dee married the love of his life Drexel Goulding on June 4th, 1951 in Fredonia, Arizona. On this same day, he chose the role and responsibility of loving father to William Robert. In the years following, they were blessed with two more children: Jo Ann and Shannon Dee. Together, they raised their family in Southern California until they decided to return home to Utah.
Dee had a love for the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping. Although he’s been known for a few good shots, his favorite part of the hunt was the ride through the mountains. If he wasn’t cruising around in the hills, you could find him tinkering in the garage or outside in the yard.
More than anything, his most significant interest was his family. He was a devoted husband, loving father, adoring grandfather, and loyal friend. He was known for his witty personality and charismatic smile. He will be forever in the hearts and memories of all whose lives he has touched.
Dee is survived by his children: William Robert (Donna) Romine of Milford, Utah; Jo Ann Parker of Houston, Texas; and Shannon Dee (Kathryn) Chidester of Hawthorne, Nevada. Also, he is survived by his six grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. With arms stretched out wide, he will be welcomed in heaven by his loving wife and parents.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, September 12th, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to noon in Milford, Utah at the Southern Utah Mortuary. A graveside service will follow at 3:00 p.m.at the Panguitch cemetery in Panguitch, Utah, under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent to www.sumortuary.com.