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David Dean

October 25, 1952 — March 6, 2024

David J. Dean ("Bucko") was born on October 25, 1952, to Margie Burningham and Jerald Jay Dean. He is preceded in death by his older brother, best friend, and partner in crime, Gary D. Larsen, and his adored sister, Joan Grange, and beloved parents and grandparents. He was devastated by the early deaths of his siblings and is certainly overjoyed to be with them again. He is survived by his sisters, Jodi (Fred) Evans and Julie (Nick) Castleton, and his stepmother, Carol Dean.

Dave possessed an unparalleled ability to build anything and to fix anything that was broken. This gift was the major thread throughout his life, blessing everyone who knew him. If your car, washer, blow dryer, or fence broke down, he was the one you called. He loved people and always helped anyone he could.

Dave attended Springville and Orem High School and married Suzanne Sorensen in 1971. They raised their three children, Brittney (Greg) Pyne, Bronson (Heather) Dean, and BreiAnna Nuttall, in Springville and Orem, Utah. He worked as a mechanic and in many other trades, eventually building his own system and business to convert a vehicle's fuel source to propane. He designed and constructed a beautiful cabin for his family in Sanpete County, providing countless happy memories. He has been blessed with many wonderful grandchildren and great-grandchildren, several of whom share his middle name.

In 1997, Dave married Cindy Hepworth, and they enjoyed many happy years in American Fork, Utah. His considerable construction and mechanical skills led him to work as a commercial construction superintendent, primarily building hospitals, hotels, and shopping malls, his most rewarding project being the renovation of the San Francisco Centre Mall in 2006. Cindy and his granddaughter, Mikka Pendergrass, cared for him after suffering a devastating stroke in 2014 that eventually took his life after ten enduring years. Dave was blessed with a bonus family and loved Cindy's children, Shane (Denise) Pendergrass, Jason (Danielle) Pendergrass, Chad (Tisa) Pendergrass, and their grandchildren as his own.

Dave's heart has always been in the outdoors, and he was an accomplished hunter and fisherman. He loved camping and boating and performed amazing tricks on waterskis and snowmobiles. He loved riding a good horse or anything with a motor and could always repair the motor when he overdid it. We honor Dave for the life he built and his endurance of this long and difficult trial, and we rejoice in knowing that he is free of suffering now. We can't wait to see what Dave builds in Heaven, and hope that he has plenty of tools, Tabasco sauce, and that he has also been reunited with all of his faithful dogs that meant so much to him over his life. He is loved and missed by many.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, March 11th at 11:00 AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 381 S 300 E in American Fork. A viewing will be held at the church prior to the services from 9:45 to 10:45 AM The interment will be at Provo City Cemetery.

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