Vernon Dean Deaver died Monday, July 23, 2012, in Grand Junction. He was 79.
Dean was born April 21, 1933, in Littleton, to Earl Eugene Ballard and Ruth Amelia Burdick.
He spent most of his childhood in Meeker and Craig, and graduated from Craig High School.
While in the U.S. Navy and stationed in Japan, he met and married his wife, Noriko. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Dean is survived by his wife, Noriko; daughters Catherine Cheryl Braby, of Centennial, and Jeanne Deaver, of San Diego; son James Dean Deaver, of San Diego; grandchildren Katy, Brian and Stephanie; and great-grandchild Akyla. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care at 3090B N. 12th St., Grand Junction, CO 81506, or www.hospicewco.com. Condolences may be left for the family at www.martinmortuary.com.