Dee J. Hokanson was 85 years old. He was a fun loving man and teacher. He taught many years in a variety of settings. Dee had a story or a joke to tell you, no matter whom or where you were. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, son, brother, uncle and bishop. He passed away peacefully at home on Oct 7, 2019 with his wife by his side.
Dee was born in Afton on Aug 8, 1934. He was the oldest son of Orlin and Eva Hokanson. He has two sisters Verla (Jim) Crook, and Nyla (Al) Merchant, and two brothers Gary (Carole) Hokanson and Van (Joyce) Hokanson. In his youth he rode race horses for his father and chariot raced horses and loved to hunt and fish. Dee married his high school sweeatheart Ida Lynn Ranzenberg on the 9th of June 1953 in the Idaho Falls Temple. They have been married for 66 years. They have seven children: LinDee (deceased) (Annette) Hokanson, Jaralee (Bill) Wettstein, Randy (Suzie) Hokanson, Bob Hokanson, Laurie (Bobby) Gibb, Kenny (Monica) Hokanson, and Kris (Gary) Foreman and 30 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. He love to play cards or a game with all who would play!
Dee was a lifetime resident of Freedom, Wyoming. He was a farmer, truck driver, teacher, Principal, horse lover, fisherman. He went to grade school in Freedom, and Star Valley High School. For the Higher Education Dee went to Utah State University both for his Bachelors and Masters Degree. He was employed by the Lincoln County School District. He was an active member in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints all of his life; He served in various calling throughout his life: scout master, bishop and serviced 8 years as a High Councilman, to anme a few. Dee and Ida served two full time missions; one in Africa and one in Nauvoo, Illinois. He was a Bishop for 8years, and teacher for 30 years, a Principal for some of those years. He was a lifetime friend to all.
Funeral services will be held in the Freedom Ward Chapel on Saturday, October 12 at 12:00 with a veiwing Friday from 6:00 - 8:00 at the Thayne Schwab Funeral Chapel and one hour prior to the funeral service.