December 3, 1918 ~ January 19, 2014
Dean Albert Bullock was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on December 3, 1918 to George Albert and Lavinia Dean Bullock. He married Edith Irene Zackrison on October 26, 1942 in the Salt Lake Temple. She preceded him in death in 1995. They were the parents of three daughters, Susan Ann Robbins (Michael), Patricia Lynn Howell and Pamela Jean McDaniel (Calvin). Deano, as he was affectionately called by most people who knew him, died peacefully on January 19, 2014.
Deano served our country in the US Army for over 20 years, first in the ROTC program at the University of Utah, where he was activated to serve in WWII just prior to graduation. He also fought in Korea where he was gravely wounded (he still sports a bullet in his upper right arm that the grandkids loved to feel.) He was stationed at Ft. Sill OK, Ft. Riley KS and lastly at Ft. Bragg NC where he became a paratrooper at the “young” age of 40. He had two tours to Germany post-WWII, and spent a year in Iran prior to the ousting of the Shah. He retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1962.
After his retirement, Deano spent many hours volunteering for the American Lung Association, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and most of all for the George E. Wahlen V.A. Hospital. There, as an 80-90 year “young” volunteer, he could be found assisting 60-70 year “old” patients. While Deano had his own health problems, he would focus on what he could do, and the service he could provide to others.
Deano was an avid photographer, mountain climber, skier and cyclist and had many other varied interests. After his military career he broke free from the required crew cuts and uniforms and created his own style with his permed hair and colorful clothing. Deano was a loving husband and father. He made sure we were properly provided for, and then threw in the extras… ski trips, mountain climbing, camping, dinners out, or dancing at the officers club. If we expressed an interest in anything, we were encouraged and given the opportunity to pursue that interest. At bedtime, he was there to hear our prayers and tuck us into bed. We absolutely knew how much he loved us.
The family wishes to thank the able and compassionate caregivers at Garden Terrace and Mt. Olympus Rehabilitation Center, and also Leann, Shawnee and other members of the hospice team for their tender care of our father during the last few months.
To Frank Stephenson, Deano’s roommate, who stood guard over “The Colonel” during his stay at Mt. Olympus, Thank You! We love you too!
Deano is survived by his daughters, 17 grandchildren and many great and even great, great grandchildren, all of whom he rejoiced in and loved.
There will be a viewing on Monday, February 3 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 Highland Drive. Funeral services will be held at the mortuary on Tuesday, February 4 at 11:00, with a viewing beginning at 10:00 a.m.
From all of us, with GREAT love, Deano, “Auf Wiedersehen”!