Jun 6, 2012 - StaffDean E. Hyatt, 83, of Riverton, died Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at Wind River Healthcare in Riverton.
Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Friday, June 8, at the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Interment follows at Mountain View Cemetery in Riverton with committal rites by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Pastor Ian McFarland of the Cornerstone Community Church officiates.
A viewing is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at the Davis Funeral Home.
Dean Elton Hyatt was born Feb. 5, 1929, in Ansley, Neb., the son of Jewell E. Hyatt and Lulu M. (Allen) Hyatt. As a young boy he lived in South Dakota for a year and Eastern Wyoming for about five years on a family farm south of Moorcroft and in the Newcastle area. The family came to Riverton in May 1939.
He attended first through fourth grades in Newcastle and came to Riverton in the fifth grade, attending Jefferson Elementary School. He went on to graduate from Riverton High School in 1947, playing basketball and football under the then-RHS colors of orange and black.
Mr. Hyatt was drafted Nov. 4, 1950, into the U.S. Army serving as Sgt. First Class with the 40th Infantry Division. He was in artillery survey, attending artillery school at Fort Sill, Okla. He was honorably discharged on Oct. 26, 1952, receiving the Army Occupation Medal, United Nations Service Medal and Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star.
Mr. Hyatt was a mason by trade, engaged in brick laying and plastering. He learned the trade from his father who taught the skill to all of his children. He worked with his brother Dale.
His family said Mr. Hyatt enjoyed hunting (especially one trip with his brother-in-law, Bud, where they killed a black bear), fishing, playing cards, gardening, playing pool in his younger years, and going to family reunions.
Survivors include his brothers, Dale Hyatt and his wife Pauline, and Lyle Hyatt and Carole; a sister, Norma Brines; nieces and nephews, including Joyce Raymond, Jeanne Roberts, Jim Brines, Jay Brines, Lila Thompson, Dolan Hyatt, Donavan Hyatt, Delvin Hyatt and Darwin Hyatt.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Darrell Hyatt; a sister, Naoma Hyatt; a nephew, Jonnie Brines; a niece, Deanna Schultz; and a brother-in-law, Bud Brines.
Memorials may be made to the Riverton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.
Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.
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