Walter Prescott, 89

Wednesday, March 2, 2005

Walter Dean Prescott, 89, formerly of Hammett, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, in the Gooding Rehab and Living Center.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, March 1, at the Wendell Idaho LDS Church. Internment was at the Wendell cemetery.

Dean was born in Smithfield, Utah, in 1915. His family dry farmed and ranched until moving to Grace. In 1925 they moved to Wendell where he continued his education and graduated from Wendell High School in 1932.

He then met Betty Kathleen Hutson and they were married in 1935 in Hailey. They moved to Boise in 1941 where he became a certified Civil Service Aircraft Inspector at Gowen Field.

After the war he went to work for Consolidated Freightways as a road troubleshooter, becoming shop foreman. After working as a diesel mechanic for Cummins Diesel and Willis Shaw, he retired in 1978.

In 1986 they moved to Hammett.

Dean enjoyed hunting, fishing and working with horses and cattle. Some of his greatest memories were with members of the Western Riding Club. He was WRCA president and actively participated in judging local queen contests. Many of his hours were spent astride his tractor helping to develop Western Riding Club's arena.

He was an active member of the Three Island Senior Center where he served on the board of directors and numerous committees.

He is survived by: his wife, Betty Prescott of Mountain Home; his sister, Tess Julian of Ogden Utah; his children, Jimmy and Lynda Prescott of Hammett, Caroll and Pat Ryan of Waikaloa N42W, Hawaii, Jean and Tom Giddeon of Wichita, Kan., Billy and Sharon Prescott of Willard, Utah, and Jody Hill of Mountain Home; 19 grandchildren, numerous great-grand -children, one great-great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, his three brothers and a sister.