2013-01-31 / Obituaries

Dean Fogh

Dean was born on Feb. 20, 1941 in Oakland. While growing up, he developed an interest in Boy Scouts, competition shooting, fishing, and electronics. He attended Oakland City High School, then Oakland City College. He enlisted in the Air Force on June 23, 1958 and served at various places such as Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.; Kadena Air Base, Okinawa; Castle Air Force Base in Atwater, and in the Air Force Reserve at Hamilton Air Force Base..

Dean took a great interest in his cousin Karen Nielson Thompsen’s school in Oakland. It was Samuel Merritt School of Nursing. Karen, a student nurse, introduced him to one of her roommates, Donna Palmquist, also a student nurse. Dean and Donna were married in Tracy on Sept. 6, 1963. Both wanted children, but with Dean’s salary at the time, it would have been tough. Dean then decided to try a new profession. He went to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Academy in August 1966. Afterwards, he decided to transfer to Mariposa in Sept. 1970. It was here in the community of Mariposa they decided to raise their four children.

Dean received several commendations and enjoyed his time with the Mariposa community and the surrounding county residents. He was a respected and beloved traffic officer. Dean was a Past Master with the Masonic Lodge No. 24 F&AM 1976, a board member of the Mariposa County Farm Bureau 1980 thru 1989, a member of the Alcohol Advisory Board 1986 thru 1988, board member of the Junior Rodeo Association, and a member of the Juvenile Justice Commission.

Dean died on Sunday, Jan. 20—one month shy of his 72nd birthday at his residence in Mariposa surrounded by his loving family. A small graveside ceremony was held on Jan. 26 for family members. Dean was preceded in death by his father, Victor Fogh and mother, Lorraine Fogh. Dean is survived by his wife of 49 years Donna; his children, Lori Fogh, Cindy Fogh-Souza, Mark Fogh, and Denise Fogh; a brother, Dale Gene Fogh; their spouses and companions; four grandchildren, Taylor, Colby, and Noah Fogh and Danielle Souza; several cousins and a niece and nephew.

His celebration of life memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. in Building B, Manzanita Hall, at the Mariposa Fairgrounds. The event is open to the entire community and all are welcome to attend.

Any memorial remembrances can be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Lung Association.

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Sorry to the whole Fogh

Sorry to the whole Fogh Family, my prayers are with you all. Always, Baird Brown

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