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Obituary: STEPHENS, DEAN

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Dean Richins StephensMar. 20, 1928~Mar. 18, 2012Dean Richins Stephens, husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, died Sunday evening at his home in Holladay. He was 83. The cause of death was declining health with old age. He passed away peacefully reuniting him with his sweetheart Bonnie. Dean, the son of William Oriel and Silvia Stephens, was born March 20, 1928 in Henefer, Utah. He enjoyed an exceptional childhood with great parents alongside his sisters Alda, Edith, Orla, and Susan. One of the highlights of his youth was moving around the country while his father worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps.Upon graduation from South High in Salt Lake City, he joined the United States Coast Guard. While serving in the Coast Guard he was stationed in Alaska. After the Coast Guard Dean served a church mission to England. He often told stories of crossing the Atlantic on the Queen Mary, and preaching on street corners in World War II ravaged England. On September 4, 1952 Dean married Bonnie Hansen in the Salt Lake City Temple for time and all eternity. Dean and Bonnie built a spectacular life for their three children Dan, David, and Jana. Together they created a successful business, ran a family cattle ranch, and were avid supporters of Utah art.Dean began his career as a salesman for Wheeler Machinery in Moab, before he ventured out on his own. He built Flasher Barricades from the ground up with the help of family and friends. Flasher was the first barricade company in Utah, and eventually became one of the largest companies of its kind in the West. Three generations of family worked and shared memories at Flasher Barricades.In 1969 Dean purchased what would become the TL Bar Ranch north of Wendover. The TL Bar Ranch has been a working cattle ranch for over four decades. Dean spent countless hours working the ranch with his wife, children, and grandchildren. This priceless time spent with loved ones will never be forgotten.Dean lived life on his own terms.Dean and Bonnie are survived by their children Dan (Amber), David, and Jana (Dale), their grandchildren Tessa, Luke (Abby), Dylan, Tyler (MacKenzie), Alina, Madeleine, Joshua, and Nicholas, their great grandchildren Dean and Maddux.Funeral services for Dean will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Holladay 28th Ward, 2625 Milo Drive (4910 South), Salt Lake City, UT. Family and friends may call on Friday evening March 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, and at the church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to the services. Interment: Holladay Memorial Park, 4900 South Memory Lane, Holladay, UT. Messages and tributes for the family may be posted at: www.larkinmortuary.com.