Dean Strange

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Dean Marvin Strange
September 19, 1916 - March 14, 2015
Our loved one peacefully left us to rejoin his Heavenly Father on March 14, 2015. Dean was born Sept 19, 1916 to Champ & Lilly Strange in a dug-out soddy outside of Olney Springs, Colorado; the third of five children.
As a young boy, Dean experienced many difficult times. Living on the high plains of Colorado, a series of events occurred eventually causing the family to lose the farm. When Dean was 11, his mother died of toxemia during a pregnancy, a lightning storm struck and killed the team of horses, drought intensified the dustbowl, the depression hit and the family scattered. He always held fond memories of his mother caring for the family and reading the family Bible during the windstorms. Her influence is those short years impacted the decisions he made throughout his life, and he carried a longing to be with her again.
At the age of 17, he left Colorado in hopes of a better life in Idaho. He joined the Civil Conservation Corps for three years fighting fires and building roads in the McCall/Atlanta areas. He began working at Caxton Printers at the age of 19, but Uncle Sam came calling when World War II started. He was the first man drafted from the west half of Canyon County. He served in the South Pacific as a photographic laboratory tech, developing film of the airstrikes and surveillance photos of enemy territory. He returned to Caxton Printers after serving in the Army Air Corps and would remain there for a total of 40 years.
At a New Year's Eve dance in 1946, he fell for a lovely young gal, Jean Gardiner of Caldwell, who eloped with him five days later in what would become a 69 year marriage. They made their home on a small farm near Caldwell where they raised their four daughters.
In retirement years, Dean and Jean enjoyed traveling and spending time with their family. For 58 years he was a member of the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows.
Dean was preceded in death by two brothers, Levi Strange and Chick Strange both of Caldwell, two daughters Shirley Wilson and Joyce Lambert, a grandson Bradley Watkins Jr. and a great-grandson Cooper Lambert. He is survived by his loving wife Jean, his daughters Sheila Dines and NaDean (Brad) Watkins and son-in-law Dan Lambert, nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Our gratitude is deep for the friendship and many kindnesses given to Dad by Steve & Helen Roy; also, Buntley Wilcox who enabled Dad to live out his life on the farm so he could still enjoy his cattle. A special thanks to Home Care Solutions for the loving care that was given to Dad. Thank you Midge, Jeanne, Geoff and Roger. Also thank you to the staff of Heart n' Home Hospice for the excellent care.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday March 21, 2015, at 1:30 PM at the First Baptist Church of Caldwell (221 E Linden St.). Condolences can be given at www.flahifffuneralchapel.com

Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Mar. 18, 2015
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