W. Dee Dickenson, 74, died Dec. 1 in Ontario.
He was born in Burns on May 1, 1938, to Walter and Esther (Weil) Dickenson.
Dee’s early years were spent enjoying his life with older brother Ralph whom he was very close to. His mother taught a 4-H cooking class, so Dee and his buddies learned to cook from the best. His father would take time from his lunch hour to play ball with his sons at the ball field next to their home.
His young life was full of fishing, hunting and camping trips; many get-togethers with family and friends; and playing football, basketball and baseball.
Dee attended all his years of school in Burns. After graduating from high school, he attended Eastern Oregon College, where he was the starting freshman quarterback. He led the Mountaineers to their only conference championship. In 2006, Dee and the team were inducted into the Eastern Oregon Football Hall of Fame. While his children were growing up, Dee taught religious education classes and coached many youth sports.
Dee and his wife, Janice “Kitsi” (Hannan) Dickenson, were married 54 years. Together they traveled all over the U.S., camping, hiking and sight-seeing in every state but Hawaii (Kitsi didn’t like to fly).
Together, they raised three children, son Terrance and daughters Myndee and Shandl.
Dee’s philosophy was to work hard, have fun and always be kind.
Dee is survived by his wife, Janice; son, Terrance (LuAnn) of Pasco, Wash.; daughters, Myndee (Jim Nakamura) and Shandl (Chris Mejia); 10 grandchildren, Desiree Good, Daniel Dickenson (Amber), Matthew Mejia (Jenna), Joshua and Michael Mejia, Jace Nakamura (Jeanette), Chaz Nakamura, Kole Nakamura, Sage Nakamura and Jandee Nakamura; and four great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Good, Kaizo Nakamura, Charlotte Dickenson and Aislee Mejia.
Dee was preceded in death by his daughter, Jo Dee Dickenson.
There was a Rosary at Blessed Sacrament Church Sunday, Dec. 16 at 5 p.m.
A funeral service was held Monday, Dec. 17.
Those who wish may send memorial contributions to the Ontario High School Athletic Department.
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