Dean Wilson Henderson died Sunday, April 3, 2005 after a long battle with numerous illnesses. He was born on June 21, 1934 in Los Angeles, Calif. He was raised in Phoenix.
Mr. Henderson worked for Salt River Project in Phoenix for 12 years, and for Western Airlines in Salt Lake City, Utah for about 25 years.
As a young man, he rode the local rodeo circuit as a bull rider, saddle bronc rider and team roping partner. He earned many awards during his rodeo activities including an "all around" honor at the Holbrook, Ariz. event.
Recently, he was involved with the Payson Rodeo Association as a volunteer.
He spent many pleasurable hours in the wilderness as a hunting guide and as an avid fisherman.
His study of the Bible and love for his God, Jehovah, kept him strong to the end.
He is survived by his loving wife, Betty, of 20 years; daughter, Deena Kay McLean, grandson, Dustin Garrett McLean, granddaughter, Shauna Kay McLean all of Georgetown, Texas; stepdaughters Adina Kipp of Altamonte Springs, Fla., Rexanne Jones of Rifle, Colo. and one brother Richard Laurence of Portland, Ore.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Wilma Dee Wilson Henderson; father, Laurence Marshall Henderson, identical twin brother, Gene Marshall Henderson; and one grandson, Justin Dean McLean.
A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 6 at the Payson Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses located at 1616 N. McLane Road in Payson.
Arrangements handled by Messinger Payson Funeral Home.