Dean Fisher, 72 years, of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away on Monday, April 17, 2017. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2:00 pm at Faith Baptist Fellowship, 601 W 57th St., Sioux Falls. Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm at the church on the same day.
Dean Frank Fisher was born on June 19, 1944 along with his twin brother Dale in Clarion, Iowa to Joseph and Viola (Dahlgren) Fisher. He received his early education in the area and graduated from Clarion High School in 1962. Dean continued his education at Iowa State University and graduated with a B.S. in Agronomy.
Dean married the love of his life, Mary JoAnne (Lehman) Fisher, in Rolfe, Iowa on July 23, 1967. To this union the young couple was blessed with two children, Deana and Joseph.
Following college, Dean served our country in the Army. He was first stationed in Kansas and later Germany. Thereafter, Dean began his career in Iowa working for the Soil Conservation Service. Various promotions led him to Colorado, Arizona, and Oregon until he became the State Conservationist of South Dakota. After retiring, he and Mary moved from Huron to happily settle in Sioux Falls, SD.
Dean loved the Lord first and foremost. This was evident in the way he loved his family, cherished his friends, and lived a life of deep integrity. Dean was an active member of every church he attended and loved to study God's Word. Each day he showed Christ's love by caring about people. He authentically connected with others by engaging on many levels; he listened carefully, participated in meaningful conversation, and was available to help when called upon. His witty teasing and sense of humor brightened the ordinary. Dean was a generous, kind-hearted, loyal, trustworthy, wise, supportive, loving, funny, and optimistic person. Friends and family looked to Dean as a rock and a refuge.
Dean was also a very talented man who was a skilled wood worker and visionary home remodeler. His green thumb was the envy of all who beheld his pristine yard and landscape. He also had a great love of dogs; he and his loyal Australian Labradoodle Angus were well known and loved in the neighborhood. Truly, he was a light in this world and will be greatly missed.
Those left to cherish Dean's memory include his daughter, Deana Fisher of Champlin, MN; son Joseph of Bellingham, WA; grandchildren, Celeste and Mason Fisher; sister Joanne (Bob) Mucken of Portland, OR; brother Dale (Carol) Fisher, of Spencer, IA; brother Mark (Patricia) Fisher of Clarion, IA; his wife's sisters, Carol and Marilyn and their families, along with numerous other relatives and friends. Dean is preceded in death by his wife Mary, his father Joseph, and his mother Viola. We are confident that Dean was joyously received by His Savior, along with these loved ones and many others when he crossed through Heaven's gate. www.millerfh.com
Published by Argus Leader on Apr. 20, 2017.