Laurance Dean Trump
West Valley City Utah – Laurance Dean Trump of West Valley City, Utah passed on November 8, 2022, at the age of 93.
Dean is preceded in death by his wife Bonnie, his brother Jean, and Grandson Riley Preston Trump. Dean will be lovingly remembered by his three children Steven (Connie), Darrell (Debbie), and Allen (Deanna), and his 9 living Grandchildren and 12 Great Grandchildren.
Dean was born in 1929 at the old Trump homestead located on the breaks of East Grossman Creek near Promise, Oregon. He and his family moved to Wallowa, Oregon in 1935 where his father worked in the logging industry.
As a youth, Dean enjoyed fishing in the nearby streams and rivers, the Saturday night dances, playing trumpet in the band, playing basketball, football, and baseball on his school teams. Beginning in his early teens Dean helped to support his family working for local farms, the State Forestry Service, and sawmills,
In 1950 Dean enlisted in the Air Force and was sent to Radar school at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. Following graduation, Dean received orders to go to Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah.
It was on the beach of the Great Salt Lake where Dean met the love of his life, Bonnie Jean Whyde and they were married on Nov 9, 1951. Shortly thereafter Dean was transferred to serve at the Yokota Air Force base in Yokota, Japan.
At the end of the Japan duty, Dean returned to the US where he finished his tour of duty at Holloman Air Force base in New Mexico.
Following his military service, Dean returned to Salt Lake City where he attended the University of Utah and received a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA. Dean’s long career included work in medical electronics and 40 years in Aerospace engineering at Hercules.
Dean enjoyed golf, fishing, boating, canoeing, camping, scouting, snow skiing the resorts along the Wasatch mountains, and family time. His greatest pleasure and contribution was his service to the citizens of West Valley City – his election to the Chamber of Commerce, the Salt Lake County Library Board, the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Citizen Advisory Board, and the West Valley City Professional Standards Review Board, which he established and was chair of this committee for many years.
A private Celebration of Life will be held at the family’s request.
The family wishes to send a special thank you to the staff at the Legacy Assisted Living in Taylorsville and Envision Hospice.