Judge David B. Dee|
1923 ~ 2014
Judge David B. Dee died Tuesday the twenty-ninth of January at home with his family. Born February 13, 1923 to Ernest Leon and Genet Bingham Dee, he attended Uinta and East High School, where he graduated at age 16. He attended the University of Utah for 2 years, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi and on the University ski team. During WWII he was in the army, landed in Normandy and earned 2 purple hearts. When the war ended David stayed in France for a year as a liaison and ambassador to the French people. He attended university in France and received an architectural history certificate. He returned to the U of U and graduated with a degree in History and Political Science. There he met Ann Bailey, whom he married in the Salt Lake Temple in 1950. He earned his law degree and joined the FBI, where he was posted to Chicago and then New York City. In 1954 they returned to Salt Lake City where he practiced law for 12 years. Governor Scott Matheson made him his first judicial appointment in 1975 and he retired from the Third District Court in 1986. He loved the law and the people he served and initiated many new court programs that still exist today.
Judge Dee was an avid fisher and sailor and loved the outdoors. He was active in his community all his life, serving the Sugar House Kiwanis Club for over 37 years and leading the Boys and Girls Club for 31 years.
Judge Dee is survived by his wife, Ann Bailey Dee and was a loving father to three children: Alice Lara (Joe, deceased), Susan Diston (John, deceased) and David Reed (Sally), and four beautiful grandchildren: Geoffrey David Lara, Brooke Alyse Diston, Annalee Diston, Sarah Jane Dee.
A service and celebration of life will be held on Monday, Feb. 3rd in the Monument Park 16th Ward at 1320 Wasatch Dr. Services from noon to 1:00 pm and visit with the family (refreshments) from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, Judge Dee would wish donations to be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Sugarhouse (http://www.bgcgsl.org) or the SADS Foundation (www.StopSADS.org).
Published in Deseret News from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, 2014