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Dean E. Govreau

Oct 17, 1945 - Oct 27, 2018
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In the early morning of October 27, Dean Govreau quietly slipped away.  It was probably the only time this loving prankster left a place quietly.  When he was around, people knew it.  The crooked, toothy grin gave it away. He had been up to something.  You may not have known it at the time, but one was certain to find the evidence of his shenanigans later. Whether it be empty candy wrappers in the bowl, an empty plate at the buffet table or upside-down magnets on the refrigerator, Dean left his mark. He never could pass a garage sale for it could contain the perfect gem to compliment his collection of junk and treasures. Of course, he needed three or four of everything!
Dean was born October 17, 1945 in Yakima and grew up in Selah graduating from Selah High School in 1964.  His parents instilled in him a strong work ethic, love for the outdoors and loyalty to those people he loved and that loved him. He was ever devoted to his parents, Virgil and Layns, and beloved sister, Marilyn.  While in high school, he earned his Eagle Scout, worked for Meads Foods, the U.S. Forest, and he joined the Army Reserves. He and his gruff dog, Scotty, manned Fire Lookout Towers of the Naches Ranger District.  After graduation, in 1967, he married Karen Lucas, and served in Vietnam as part of the 737 Transportation Company.  Upon his return to Selah, he and his wife, Karen, moved to Edmonds where his 30+ year career in retail management began.  Dean managed Sprouse Reitz stores in Edmonds and Yakima.  Later he became non-foods, sporting goods manager for the Selah’s Phase II Store.  His personality and knowledge of all that was the outdoors made for a perfect fit.  Later, Dean began a new adventure.  He was a bus driver for the Selah School District, retiring in 2007. His student passengers did not get away with much as he knew all the ornery tricks of children and teenagers because he still exhibited many of those same traits and behaviors.
Dean and Karen raised three children to appreciate hard work and loyalty, and the importance of keeping your word and making time for family and friends.  Dean was the epitome of the caring husband, perfect father, loving grandfather and loyal friend.  Not one to complain, he worked hard so that summer weekends could be spent fishing, camping or tending the cast iron skillet over the fire for a chicken fry, whether at their family lots in Packwood or later at their cabin at the base of Edgar Rock. Dean loved to cut wood and archery hunt.  
In 1995, Dean and Karen moved from their Selah home to their dream home in the mountains of Cliffdell.  Since then any deer, squirrel or birds living in the vicinity have been well-fed.  Dean’s workshop produced countless birdhouses and bird feeders which he readily shared with family and friends.  More comfortable in the mountains than the city, Dean preferred to stay home.  Many card games of Thirteen were played to pass the time.  Of course, a trip to the casino was never out of the question.  He cherished traditions and time spent with family. Holiday celebrations, family dinners and Christmas shopping with his daughters and sister provided countless memories.  He was most proud of his children and grandchildren.  He took pride in their accomplishments in the classroom, work place and sports’ fields. His legacy of generosity and kindness will live on within them. 
Dean was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, John Duncan. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Karen, his children, Teresa (Alan) Eims of Selah, Brad Govreau (Kirsten) of Meridian, Idaho and Nicole Govreau of Yakima, sister, Marilyn (Larry) Curfman of Benton City, grandchildren, Tristan Eims, Dakotah Eims, Brady Govreau, Matthew Govreau, Kelsey Schuldies, Kaleb Homan, Jayce Homan, Max Lehman and Morgan Lehman, in laws, Kathy Duncan, Carol and Gerry Wiseman, Roger Lucas, fur baby, Luci, and countless lifelong friends. 
Over the past eighteen months, Dean faced many health challenges with grace and stoicism. In the end, Dean’s body, not his tenacious spirit, gave out. The family would like to thank Joanne Stillwaugh for the compassionate care she provided over the past several weeks and the staff at Cottage in the Meadow. 
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Pomona Gun Club (441 Pomona Road, Selah, WA 98942). Stories and food will be a plenty, just as Dean would have wanted. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in care of Brookside Funeral Home (PO Box 1267, Moxee, WA 98936). 



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Funeral service

Nov 10, 2018: 2:00 PM

Pomona Gun Club