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Death: Dirk Dick Groen

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Dirk Dick Groen, age 85, died peacefully in his sons home on June 2, 1998, of causes incident to age.

He was born June 5, 1913, in Rotterdam, Holland to Dirk Groen and Jorijntje Van Voorden. Immigrated with parents to Utah in 1916. He married Mary Louise Aubrey November 20, 1940. They were later sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple on October 1, 1959.Dick helped the City Street Department during the floods of 1953 and 1983 in locating the main induction lines into the Jordan River, thus saving the property of many people who, otherwise, may have had property losses due to high water.

Dick worked for Rostenburg Tool and Die Co.; Made amunitions during the Second World War; Joe Doctorman Meat Processing; Stokermatic; and United Air Lines.

While at United Air Lines he was asked to complete several special assignments, including being the Public Relations Representative for United Air Lines at Salt Lake. He received great recognition and several awards from United Air Lines for his PR work and photographic displays.

In 1964 Dick was requested to be the official photographer for a group representing the Utah Council for International Contact, a voluntary person to person goodwill organization to the country of Bolivia to establish a community to community program in aiding the school children of that country with clothing and academic needs.

In 1964 he was asked to accompany a group spearheading the effort to make the Canyonlands area of Utah into a National Park. It was his photographs which influenced those in Washington, D.C. to proceed with this proposal.

He was also asked to represent United Air Lines as the proposed carrier to transport beef to Japan for the Beef-eaters Association in 1973.

He later opened his own print shop and produced printed work for many businesses in the area.

Dick is survived by his wife, Mary; their son, Dirk (Barbara); three grandchildren, Dirk Matthew, Sara, and Rachel Groen; and brothers, Henry Groen (Genevieve), of Tooele, and Stanley Groen (Aubrey), of Johannesburg, South African Mission.

In celebration of his life there will be a viewing on Friday evening, June 5, 1998, from 6-8 p.m., and from 11-11:45 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, 1998, prior to the 12 noon funeral service at Valley View Funeral Home, 4335 West 4100 South. Interment will be at the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

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