Donnella Joanne Buckley Dean


Donnella Joanne Buckley Dean passed away on Monday, July 18, at the age of 94. She was born on Jan. 4, 1928, to Bill and Cecelia Buckley in Sand Point, Idaho. She grew up in Cokeville, the oldest of six kids.

She married her sweetheart, Grant Dean, for time and eternity in the Logan LDS temple on Nov. 26, 1948. They started their life together in Cokeville but settled in Woodruff, Utah, in 1959, where they finished raising their family.

Donnella was her husband’s No. 1 ranch hand and devoted mother to their six kids. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she served in various callings. She served as the clerk for Rich County schools from 1966 to 1980 and Rich County Treasurer from 1982 to 1994. She served with her husband as temple ordinance workers from 1997 to 1999. 

Donnella’s greatest treasure was her family. She followed them all over the country, supporting them in their endeavors. She also had a passion for art, music, animals, her yard and her Christmas decorations. She helped put together the book “The First 100 Years of Woodruff.” She kept a detailed history of her life, including photo albums of her life and family.

Donella is survived by her children, Bill (Kim) Dean, Jere (Vicky) Dean, Ric (Kande) Dean, Jim (Sharlene) Dean and Dauna (Richard) Bruce; 16 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson; her siblings, Audry Ellis, Afton Condie and Joe Buckley.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Grant Dean; her son, Preston Dean; her parents; and her siblings, Betty Hoffman and Bill Buckley.

Viewing and visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, July 22, at Crandall Funeral Home and 10-10:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, at the Woodruff LDS church. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m., following the Woodruff viewing.

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