Dean Winters, age 86, of American Fork, Utah passed away peacefully on June 8, 2008 surrounded by loved ones at his side, only three days after the death of his wife and one day before her funeral services.
He was born on November 25, 1921 in Hoytsville, Utah to Byron and Lola Bailey Winters. He was married to Donna E. Cleverly on March 13, 1944 in Coalville, Utah. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple.
He loved animals, hunting, fishing, gardening and most of all he loved to cook. He joined the Marine Corps after Pearl Harbor; he became a Carlson’s Raider, Company “E” 2nd Raider Battalion, from its inception. Dean’s company was involved with the raid on Makin Island. The company was involved in action on Bougainville, Guadalcanal and Midway. The Raider units were dissolved and Dean was transferred to the 5th Marine Division, 2nd Battalion, Company “E” 28th Marines. Dean’s unit fought on Iwo Jima where he was present for the first flag raising on Mt. Suribachi and continued service until he was wounded severely on March 14, 1945. Dean was awarded the Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation and Naval Unit Citation. He returned home and continued to recover from injuries throughout his life. He attended the University of Utah in Agriculture and continued civil service at Dugway Proving Grounds and Hill Air Force Base. He also owned a beaver ranch and Jada Lee Knits Hat Company. Dean and Donna served a LDS Mission in Canada, Alaska British Columbia Mission. His life was filled with love and service to his father, wife, children and grandchildren. He truly was a Man of Honor.
He is survived by his three brothers Jack, Donald and Tony. His three sons John (Sharma) of Lehi, David (Kathy) of South Jordan and Bradley of Pleasant Grove, and daughters in law Norma and Debra; 19 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren with two more on the way. He was preceded in death by his wife Donna Elaine Cleverly Winters and his son Dean G. Winters Jr. “Mickey.”
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 14, 2008, 11:00 am, at Mountain View Memorial Mortuary, 3115 East Bengal Boulevard (7800 South), Cottonwood Heights. A viewing will be held at the same location from 6-8 pm on Friday and one hour prior to services. Interment to follow at Mountain View Memorial Estates Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Disabled American Veterans.