Don spent his early childhood in Minnesota, and enjoyed many happy years exploring the woods and fishing with his uncles. He spent several summers working at YMCA camps as a youth counselor. He relocated to Southern California with his mother and step-father, and graduated from North Hollywood High School. He attended Utah State University where he studied Agriculture, and later moved to Utah County where he worked as a meat cutter.
He was married to Bonnie Jacobson, with whom he had three children, David, Diana, and Connie. Don and Bonnie were later divorced. Don married Jean Woodard Walker in 1968, and they relocated to Birdseye, Utah where they lived for over 25 years. Don built a beautiful home that was filled with laughter, fun, love, and grand memories of family gatherings.
He was an avid horseman, a devoted husband and father, and had a special place in his heart for dogs. Don and Jean retired to Hurricane, Utah, where they have resided for the past 20 years. He remodeled their house over the years, and created fabulous gardens from which he selected the most fragrant roses to present to his wife.
Don is survived by his beloved wife Jean Woodard Dean, Hurricane Utah, his children David (Lisa) Dean, Teasdale, Utah, Diana (Doug) Walters, Orem, Utah, Connie Jansen, Teasdale, Utah, Janis (Clarke) Walker Forsyth, Cedar Valley, Utah, Holly Walker, Park City, Utah, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Cecil Jutras, mother, Irene Flesche Hampson, and daughter, Marcy Lou Walker.
His kindness, humor, generosity and love touched the lives of many, and the grace with which he managed adversity a humbling lesson in courage. A memorial has been established in his name, Donald D. Dean, with the American Alzheimer's Foundation. Donations may be made at alzfdn.org. His life is being commemorated privately by family and friends.