Dee married Lois Wilkins in 1956, and they had two children: JoDee and Steve. They were divorced in 1966. He married Judy (Draper) Barker in 1968, and Dee acquired two more children, Robert and Krista.
Dee grew up in Monrovia, California and was interested in scouting, sports, hunting and fishing. He graduated from MAD High School in 1952, and went on to play basketball and to earn a B.A. from the University of Santa Barbara.
His interest in fishing was a part-time profession—which turned to a full-time profession in 1973. Dee moved with his family from Balboa Island, California to Brookings, Oregon. He had purchased a boat that was a salmon troller, and later he got a larger boat which was a troller/crabber. He served on the Crab (Dungeness) Commission for six years. He learned how to golf one summer on the coast of Northern California—when it was too windy to fish for salmon. He loved golfing as a hobby almost as much as fishing.
Dee "rediscovered" St. George about 1998. He had come here as a child many times. Dee and Judy started coming here as "rain birds" from their home in Cottage Grove, Oregon, every winter for about 12 years. They decided to make Washington their main home about 3 years ago.
He is survived by his wife Judy, daughter JoDee Stringham of Eugene, OR, son Steve Stringham of Brookings, OR, son Robert Barker of Pasco, WA, and daughter Krista Harrison of Eugene, OR and six grandchildren: Brett Barker of Cornelius, OR, Will Stringham of Brookings, OR, Stephanie Stringham of Laguna Niguel, CA, Grace Harrison of Eugene, OR, Grant Barker of Post Falls, ID, and Haley Harrison of Eugene, OR.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 611 North 2450 East, St. George, UT. A Celebration of Life service will also be held in Brookings, OR, during Memorial Day weekend. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, (435) 673-4221.
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