Dean Floyd Law, 82, passed away Saturday, March 30, 2013, at his home in Twin Groves, Idaho, following a lingering illness.
Dean was born Aug. 31, 1930, in Twin Groves, the son of Preston Floyd and Vera Caroline Spaulding Law. He grew up in the St. Anthony area and graduated from South Fremont High School in 1949. He also attended Ricks College. He served an LDS mission in Iowa and Wisconsin from 1950 to 1952.
He married his sweetheart, Ruth Brinkerhoff, on Nov. 24, 1952, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They lived in the St. Anthony area before moving to Salt Lake City in 1956, where they lived until 1978.
While living in Salt Lake City, he became a journeyman welder and also worked for the U.S. Postal Service, but his first choice in occupations was always farming and ranching.
His lifelong love of horses and livestock led to his long association as a dairyman with Ridgeland Farm in Salt Lake City, a farming operation for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' welfare program. He developed a widely recognized breeding program that greatly increased milk production at the farm.
In 1973, he was recognized by the Dairy Herd Improvement Association for having the top milk-producing herd in Salt Lake County and the second highest-producing herd in the state of Utah.
In 1978, Dean and Ruth moved back to Twin Groves and purchased the family farm. Dean worked at Lincoln Elementary School in St. Anthony as a custodian until he retired.
During his life, he enjoyed playing league softball, gardening, fishing, hunting and exploring wilderness areas in Idaho, Utah and Wyoming. Typically, this involved sharing these activities with family and friends.
Family ties and service in the LDS church were always his defining measures. He loved the Lord and had a strong testimony of the restored gospel.
Dean served on the board of directors of the Roxy Community Theater in St. Anthony. He received the Award of Merit from the Boy Scouts of America in l990.
Dean is survived by his wife, Ruth of Twin Groves; three sons, Joseph Dean (Sherstin) Law of Teton, Richard James (Linda) Law of St. Anthony and Jack Eldean (Joan) Law of Twin Groves; and one daughter, Susan Patricia Corpany (Thom) Curtis of Hilo, Hawaii. He is also survived by his sister, Glenda Law (Steve) Schwendiman of Mesa, Wash., 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Vera Law; son, Myron David "Mike" Law; brother, Delmont Charles Law; sister, Elna Law Otteson; and brother-in-law, Harry Otteson.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, April 8, in the St. Anthony LDS Stake Center, 247 E. Fourth North. Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at Bidwell Funeral Home and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www .bidwellfuneralhome.com.