1926 ~ 2013|
Dean Haslam Baxter, 86, passed away peacefully February 2, 2013. He leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Lauramay Nebeker. He was born to Robert Laurence Baxter and Sarah Haslam Baxter on September 13, 1926 in Mt. Sterling, Utah. He was very proud of his Cache Valley heritage and his beloved Aggies.
He enlisted in the Navy right out of high school and served during World War II. He graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Social Work. He later earned a Masters Degree from the University of Utah. After graduation he worked in the Division of Family Services of the State of Utah for 38 years in various positions; beginning as a case worker, later as Director of the Family Life Center in Kearns, Director of Child Welfare in Salt Lake County as well as a State Specialist. He was very involved in the community serving on many boards including Travelers Aid, University of Utah School on Alcoholism and other Dependencies, Mental Health Services and the Utah State University Alumni Association.
He was very active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; serving in two bishoprics, as a member of the High Council, and as an ordinance worker at the Jordan River Temple.
Dean had a great sense of humor. He was the master of ceremonies of many high school class reunions and ward parties. He was always known for his quick wit and making those around him laugh. Most important to Dean was spending time with his family. He was everyone's favorite uncle and the best grandpa "Shortie" anyone could ask for. He deeply loved his grandchildren, great grandchildren and his nieces and nephews.
He is survived by his wife, Lauramay; his daughter, Kriste and her husband Frank Hales; his daughter, Sue Baxter; his grandchildren, Niclas and Kelli Hales, Camron and Amy Hales, Anna and Jon Bay, and Kolby and Cami Hales; his great grandchildren, Emily, Brycson, Michael, Torbin, Zachary and Dylan; and his sister Lydia Willmore. Preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Laurence and Von; his sisters, Sylvia Farnes, Libbie Maughan and Ann Lund; and his great granddaughter, Makayla.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Cottonwood Acres Ward, 981 E. Revere Circle (5555 S.),Murray. Viewings will be held Tuesday, February 5th, 6-8:00 p.m. at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 S. State St., and 10:00-10:45 a.m. prior to services on Wednesday at the church. Interment: Murray City Cemetery.
Online condolences may be shared with family at www.jenkins-soffe.com.
Published in Deseret News on Feb. 3, 2013