Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Dean Ford

| March 21, 2024 12:58 PM

Elliott Eudene Ford was born in Fort Gibson, Okla., on Dec. 7, 1940, to Iva and Elliott C. Ford. He passed away March 12, 2024, at the age of 83. 

Dean, as he was known, grew up in a family of eight children. He moved to Washington state, where he married Colleen (née Stokes) and joined the Air Force in 1959. After his service, he returned to Washington to join his wife, and they raised three daughters together: Debbie, Terri and Deanna. Dean was an independent businessman and owned and operated Dean Ford RV and I-90 RV in Moses Lake, Wash. 

Dean expressed a wonderful sense of humor in his writing, and his detailed storytelling style is captured in "Investment Protection for Your R.V.: A How-to Guide for Your Travel Trailer" (1992). Dean married Jude (née Northern) in 1979, and their daughter Lacey was born a few years later. For more than 20 years, Dean preached and performed weddings and funerals as a pastor. Following his divorce, Dean married Jerri (née Stanton) in 2001 and they later retired to a farm in Loon Lake, where they raised their son Conner. 

An avid outdoorsman, Dean was an active hunter, fisherman, and gardener. He delighted in giving away the bounty from his garden, especially the zucchini. 

Dean was preceded in death by his mother and father; his brothers, James Brown, Willis Brown and Ronald Ford; and his daughters, Debbie Weston and Deanna Hill. Dean is survived by his brothers, Charles, Larry and Ricky; his sister, Patsy Alexander; his wife, Jerri; his children, Teri Cadwallader (Russ), Lacey Jensen (Darrel), and Conner; his 15 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren; and his stepchildren. 

Dean was interred at a private service attended by his family at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake, Wash. There will be a Celebration of Life, open to the public, held at The Garden, 605 E. Nelson Rd, Moses Lake, Wash., from 1 to 4 p.m. April 21, 2024. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate garden plants that can be grown in Dean’s honor.