Dean N. Chatburn passed away on September 9 at the age of
He was born on December 5, 1925 to
John B and Zella Ada (Handy) Chatburn at the family home in Albion, Idaho.
He grew up in Albion, attending grade school
and graduating from Albion High School in December 1943.
During his senior year of high school he enlisted in the
U.S. Army Air Corp cadet program and was called up for active duty in 1944 taking
his basic training in Amarillo, Texas.
After serving two years in the military at
various duty stations stateside, he was given an honorable discharge in Sana
Anna, CA from the Army Air Corps in March 1946 and was transferred to Fort
Douglas, UT to complete the process.
At that time, the recruiter talked him into a 5 year term in the Army
Twenty-three years later, he
retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as a Captain.
During his career in the Army Reserves he
served with the 755
Engineer Company, the 321
Forces Unit and as an instructor for the USAR School for reserve officers.
He married Carrie Bernice Clark on May 19, 1945, in Albion,
They had three children from this
DeAnn (Joe) Zubizarreta, Boise,
Idaho; Dennis (Barbara) Chatburn of Moscow, Idaho; David (Linda) Chatburn of
After his discharge, Dean attended Boise Junior College,
graduating with an Associate of Arts (AA) Degree and taught sixth grade in
Boise (1948-1949) at Washington Elementary School.
He then enrolled at Utah State Agricultural
College and Utah State (1948 – 1951) earning his Bachelor and Master’s degree
in Elementary Education and School Administration.
During this same period of time, he
participated in Advanced ROTC and was commissioned as a 2
Lieutenant in the Quarter Master Corps.
The family returned to Boise and he continued his teaching
experience at Jefferson Elementary as a 6
grade teacher and
assistant principal for the 1951-52 school year.
In the next three years he taught at Whitney
Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary and Longfellow Elementary schools.
In 1957 he was appointed principal of
Hawthorne Elementary School, serving in this capacity for 4 years.
In 1961 he was selected as the first principal for Hillside Junior
In 1962 he was appointed Supervisor
of Junior High Schools for the Boise School District.
A position he held until 1966, when he was then
selected to serve as Supervisor/Curriculum Coordinator.
He was appointed Assistant Superintendent of
Curriculum and Instruction for Boise School District serving in this capacity
until his retirement in 1985.
He was granted a sabbatical in 1972 to complete a Doctor of
Education Degree in Curriculum and Supervision, with a minor in political
science at Utah State University, Logan, UT.
He was, at that time, the oldest person they had enrolled in the
After his retirement, Dean started volunteering for AARP, first
as a coordinator for their Vote Program and
he eventually became the AARP Idaho Volunteer
President (1995-1999), he was then selected to a six year term (January 2000 to
December 2006) as the AARP Regional Volunteer Director for eleven Western
States, (including Alaska and Hawaii).
Dean continued to volunteer with AARP for several more years.
He was also active in several fraternal orders:
Boise Elks Lodge 310 as Exalted Ruler
1980-1981, State President of the Idaho Elks Association 1988-1989.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in
Albion, Idaho joining in 1948, later joining the Scottish Rite and El Korah Shrine
in Boise, Idaho and was active in their Player’s Unit.
When the Albion Masonic Lodge closed he
transferred to the Meridian Masonic Lodge becoming a 50 year member in
He was also a life member of the
Phi Delta Kappa international education fraternity and was presented with a 30
year Honorary Service pin.
lifetime, he served on the Selective Service Board of Ada County, the YMCA
Youth Committee and the Optimist Service Club and a member of Advisory Board
for ACHD representing seniors.
on many other committees and boards during his lifetime.
On December 30, 1989, he married Betty (Cook) Jollo in Elko,
They were married almost 28
Dean loved his family, he was so proud of them.
Dean loved and took great joy in building
miniature Adirondack chairs for his great grandchildren.
He also loved his hobbies:
woodworking, fishing – especially the “Fishing
with Grandpa” get togethers every year and working on his cabin.
Dean is survived by his wife Betty, his children, DeAnn, Dennis
and David, grandchildren Andy (Stacy) Chatburn, Brian Chatburn, Tim (Kasi)
Chatburn, Jon (Barbara) Zuibizarreta, Emily (John) Ruprecht, Joey (Kristen)
Zubizarreta, Anna (Kip )Wanzer and Jennifer (Mike) Cross; and,
his great grandchildren:
Nica, Nora, Alex, Amy, Spencer, Major, Mila, Jules,
Piper, Zac and Claire.
Frances Field of Grandview and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held September 22, 2017 at the Idaho State
Veterans Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. with military honors. In lieu of flowers, the
family requests donations be made to the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery; the
Indigent Fund sponsored by the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery or a charity of