M. Dean Wilson
Maury Dean Wilson, 78, of Mountain Home, passed away from natural causes on Sunday, October 13, 2013, at a Boise hospital. Services will be on Saturday, October 19, 2013, with a viewing at 10 a.m. and funeral at 11:00 a.m., at Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel and burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
Dean was born on November 9, 1934, in Twin Falls to Mable Wilson. He was raised in Twin Falls and graduated from Twin Falls High School in 1954.
Shortly after high school Dean served two years in the US Army. In 1957, Dean moved to Mountain Home where he started working for Art Smith at Bay Mortuary and Lewis and Mary Wheeler at La Mode Cleaners. A year later on July 3, 1958, Dean married Deanna Vaden and they spent the next 55 years together. They welcomed three children; Maury Dean Jr. in 1959, Marla Jo in 1960, and lastly Crystal Lynn in 1963. In 1963, Dean and Deanna purchased La Mode Cleaners and would become very involved in the community of Mountain Home.
Dean found great joy working in the community and was involved in numerous clubs and organizations such as the Lions Club where he was a Charter Member and earned the first Melvin Jones Award in the Mountain Home Chapter. Other associations include the Chamber of Commerce, Charter Member of the Elks Lodge
, Golf Association and Optimist Football Association. Dean was immensely proud to be member of the Mountain Home Volunteer Fire Department from 1967-1984 where he rose thru the ranks to Captain. Dean was very involved in Mountain Home Air Force Base and was in several clubs such as the Military Affairs Committee and served as the Air Force Appreciation Day Chairman for 25 years. Dean was instrumental in getting the F1-11 airplane in Carl Miller Park and always took great pride in "his airplane"!
Dean, Deanna and their children spent many wonderful weekends at C.J. Strike Reservoir with friends waterskiing and enjoying life. In his later years Dean put up his water ski and picked up a fishing pole and fished many days at C.J. Strike. Dean was full of life and always liked to be on the go, getting involved where ever he could. Dean was a man that saw no gray, things were black and white therefore you always knew where you stood with Dean! He was a man that believed in service before self and if you cut him he would bleed red, white and blue, a true patriot to the end.
Dean is survived by his wife Deanna, daughters Marla (Ross) Shultz, Crystal/Pete (Mark) Moore, his grandchildren Kyle (Chantal) Moore, Lauren Moore and Nicole Shultz, and great-granddaughter Rilee Moore. He was preceded in death by his son Maury, his mother Mable Rathbun and stepfather Art Rathbun.
Memorials in Dean's name may be sent to either the Elk's Lodge #2276, at 325 So. 3rd West, Mtn Home, Id 83647; the Lions Club, P.O. Box 878, Mtn Home, Id 83647 or the Ronald McDonald House, 101 Warm Springs Ave, Boise, ID 83712.