Dean Soelberg(1923 - 2014)

Dean Singley Soelberg, 90, of St. George, Utah, passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, after a courageous battle with acute leukemia at Dixie Regional Hospital in St. George.

Dean was born Nov. 14, 1923, in Washington, D.C., to Earl James Soelberg and Exie Alberta Singley Soelberg. He grew up and attended schools in Rexburg and Idaho Falls.

He served with the United States Army during World War II.

On June 6, 1941, he married Joy Hoffman. Together they had four children: Richard, JoyLynn, Diann and Robert. They made their first home in Idaho Falls, where he worked as a sheep farmer. They lived in Arco for 18 years, where he farmed, built and owned a service station and worked as an iron worker for Westinghouse at the site. He also worked as a rigger on the Teton Dam. After close to 60 years of marriage, Joy passed away March 29, 2002.

On June 20, 2007, he married Mary Kathryn (Donnell) Bailey in St. George. Dean and Mary made their winter home in St. George and summered near Palisades in a cabin Dean built more than 40 years ago.

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He lived life to the fullest. He loved four-wheeling and was four-wheeling right up to his 90th birthday. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and metal- and woodworking in his earlier years; in his later years, playing cards and spending time with his family. Dean was known for his wonderful sense of humor and he knew no stranger.

Dean is survived by his loving wife of six years, Mary Soelberg of St. George; sons, Richard (Debby) Soelberg of Idaho Falls and Robert (Kimberly) Soelberg of Las Vegas; daughters, JoyLynn (Kenny) Moore of Ammon and Diann (Larry) Kaivo of Kingston, Wash.; two stepchildren, Linda Bailey and Bill Bailey; 18 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Eileen McKinney, Betty (Keith) Larsen, Renée (Lloyd) Page and Marilyn (Dennis) Morrow.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Joy, three brothers and one grandson.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Tiebreaker LDS Ward, 1100 Tiebreaker Drive in Ammon. The family will visit with friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Wood Funeral Home East Side, 963 S. Ammon Road, and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Fielding Memorial Park Cemetery. Military rites will be performed by the Bonneville County Veterans Memorial Team and Idaho Honor Guard.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at

Funeral Home

Wood Funeral Home East Side
963 South Ammon Road Idaho Falls, ID 83406
(208) 522-2992

Published in Post Register on Jan. 30, 2014