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Wilbert Dean Fife

Dean Fife, 72, of Hazelton passed away Wednesday, March 11, 1998, at his home with his family.

He was born in Dayton, Idaho, in December of 1925.His family moved to Filer when he was 14. He graduated from Filer High School. He joined the Navy in December of 1943, serving in the Pacific Theater and was honorably discharged in May of 1946. He married Kathie Tschannen in June of 1946. He farmed and ranched in Jerome County until 1974 when he retired from farming. He then worked for both Jerome Implement and Gem Equipment selling farm machinery until 1983.

Dean was active in numerous organizations including the Republican Party as a precinct committeeman, Jerome County Fair Board, Sugar Loaf Grange, Eden American Legion as past commander, Magic Valley Cattlemen's Association as vice president, Hazelton City Council, the Board of Magic Valley Dilettantes, and a charter member of the Valley Rowdies.

He is survived by his wife, Kathie; son, Bill (Jane) Fife of Doylestown, Pa.; and son, Nick (Julie) Fife of Hazelton: five grand-children, Brian, Katie, Megan, Brady and Jentry; two brothers, Clare Fife of Jerome and Dale Fife of Burley, and three sisters, Myrna Tvrdy of Buhl, Ollie Johnson of Henderson, Nev., and Sharon Johnson of Fruit Heights, Utah.

Dean was known to be a very fun loving person. He took great enjoyment in his family, his horses and golf.

The funeral for Dean Fife will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, March 13,1998, at White Mortuary in Twin Falls with the Rev. Kevin Anderson officiating. Interment will follow at Hazelton Cemetery with military rites by Eden American Legion. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at White Mortuary. The family requests that instead of flowers, a donation be made to the Silver and Gold Senior Citizens Center in Eden.


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