72, born March 26, 1942 in Phoenix, Arizona, to parents Lester G. Jaeger and Betty J. Jaeger (grew up in Phoenix) passed away January 9, 2015.
He attended Creighton Grade School, Phoenix Union High School and worked for Medlin Electric after classes in high school and before his marriage. He married his beloved wife and partner of 51 years, Margaret (Manning) Jaeger on February 16, 1963.
Dean then went to work as a truck driver and was a member in good standing with Teamster Local 104. He retired in 1997 and started building our retirement home in Roosevelt Estates at Roosevelt Lake, Arizona. We moved there in October, 1999.
He was active in Gila County Search and Rescue for 11 years until he got ill. He loved to hunt and fish and watch the animals from our backyard. He had his last deer hunt with his son on November 7, 2014, got his opening day. Son didn’t score.
Dean is survived by his wife Margaret, son Lester Dean Jr. (Jennifer), and grandson Bennett Dean Jaeger, 4 sisters, Judy Hall (Don), Linda Dell (Rich), Peggy Jaeger (Dean Snyder), and Debra Jaeger (Spaso), 4 nieces, 2 nephews, 10 great nieces and nephews, 1 great-great niece, and many, many, many good friends and buddies.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents Lester and Betty Jaeger.
A big Thank You to our friends and neighbors in Phoenix and Roosevelt, who stood by us during his Chemo and illnesses, and kept an eye on us.
Another big, big Thank You to Hospice of the Valley, who took care of Dean at home in Phoenix. Without them I would not have made it. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley, in Dean’s name. It will be greatly appreciated.
Visitation will be held from 10:00AM-12:00PM, with a Celebration of Life starting at noon, Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 East Indian School Road, Phoenix.