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“Finally free to soar... Thanks for the memories, Dean! You will never be forgotten as long as your name is spoken on the whisper of prayers from your...Read More »
1 of 3 | Posted by: Mary Angela Stapley-Hauser

“What a blessing it has been to have known Dean, as a father-in-law and a friend, these past 20 years. I am grateful for the time I was able to share...Read More »
2 of 3 | Posted by: Gina Stapley

“Saddened at the passing of our long time friend, Dean. Dean and Max were best friends in high school and have had a close friendship since that time...Read More »
3 of 3 | Posted by: Max & Carolyn Schnepf


Robert Bodine "Dean" Stapley quietly and peacefully passed away on Friday, March 20th, 2015 at 3:40 P.M. Dean is survived by his wife Harriet, three daughters Linda (Dennis) Mecham, Lori (Stuart) Driggs and Lisa (Ed) Hatch, and two sons Michael (Lindy) and Greg (Venetia Waddell). His posterity includes twenty-seven grandchildren and seventy four great grandchildren. Dean worked many years in the farm implement business, serving in numerous managerial roles with the O.S. Stapley Company. He was respected and admired by the Stapley's customer base as one who could readily recognize a need, negotiate and solve the customers challenge, and through his personal touch, strengthen the business relationships that were cultivated by a long line of Stapley family leadership. Later in life, and as the valley farmlands began to shrink, Dean found success as a real estate broker. Dean was an avid aviator. His love of flying commenced in his early teens and continued throughout his life. Having flown many makes and models of private aircraft, he was most proud when strapped into the Midget Mustang which he built. Grandchildren still talk of Grandpa Dean buzzing the West Jordan, Utah airport, just feet above the ground, at over 200 MPH. Dean's exactness to detail and expertise was witnessed by all who had the opportunity to either sit in conversation with him regarding technical issues relating to the topic at hand, or when calling for advice on how to assemble a particular item. Dean could discuss with ease, the sophistications of complex aircraft computer driven stabilization systems, the re-fabrication of a vintage aircraft, and even the rebuilding of an old motorcycle carburetor. Dean had a deep reservoir of technical knowledge. Dean, in the quiet moments of his last days, requested his final departure clearance from this life. He executed that clearance with grace and dignity. His caregivers, family members, and those who spent time with him during his final days and hours, all commented on how they were enriched by the time spent with him. With certain regard, as Dean departed this life's existence, heavenly angelic wingmen escorted him into the waiting arms and embrace of his previously departed family members and friends. May Dean always find lift under his wings. We will always love you, respect you and never forget.

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