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Dean Kenneth VanAmburg

December 23, 1929 ~ October 19, 2020 (age 90)


Dean VanAmburg died in the embrace of his beloved October 19, 2020 of causes incident to age.  He was born to Fred and Floy VanAmburg of Gooding, Idaho, and enjoyed his youth as an energetic farm boy.  Graduated from Gooding High 1948, and attended Henager School of Business in Salt Lake 1956/57.  Employed at Grand Central Stores 27 years and the Fred Meyer Credit Union an additional 14 years.  He was the Treasurer of the Utah Chapter of PFLAG for 17 years.  He cherished the 42 years he spent with his life partner and husband, Carl Boyer, with whom he shared the vintage car hobby.  Dean was a master of the McGyver. He never met a problem he could not dissect, decipher, then divine remedy – if not outright improvement on the design – with whatever resources were at hand.  His guiding words were “make do” and, when outflanking an observer’s negative prognostication, “just watch”.  

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Agnes Leidig Memorial Scholarship at the College of Southern Idaho Foundation.

“I will love him, I will be constant, a faithful spouse and a faithful lover.  Only for you will I sigh.”

A celebration of Life for Dean will be held at his gravesite in Elmwood Cemetery in Gooding, ID at noon Sunday, May 30. The informal gathering will be in Row 10 Section 1- just inside the entrance to the cemetery. A reception will follow at his home at 1 pm. RSVP to & for directions, if needed.


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Celebration of Life
May 30, 2021

12:00 PM
Elmwood Cemetery, Gooding
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Funeral Service
May 30, 2021

7:00 PM
Demaray Funeral Service (Elmwood Cemetery, Gooding, Idaho)
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