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Jan Dean

Feb. 6, 1956 - Aug. 6, 2017

Date of Service: Aug. 11, 2017

Janet Ruth Feil Dean, 61, of Burley, Idaho, passed peacefully from this life into heaven on August 6, 2017, while at home surrounded by her family. Jan was born on February 6, 1956, in White Swan, Washington, to Thomas B. “Bert” and Mary M. Feil. That same year the family moved to Rupert, Idaho, where Bert drew a 160-acre farm on the north side of Rupert under the Homestead Act. Jan grew up on the family farm, setting water and hoeing sugar beets, and graduated from Minico High School in 1974. She married Ken Patterson that same year and together they had three beautiful children: Bryan, Jacobi and Arika.

Jan loved life, and she loved Jesus. She was a long-time member of the Rupert First Christian Church, serving in many ministries, including as a deaconess, wedding coordinator, and on the board of the church’s daycare. She found great joy planning weddings and delighted in children of all ages, especially babies, and eventually served as the director of the daycare founded by the church. In recent years Jan attended Grace Community Church in Rupert.

In 1989, Jan met and married the love of her life, Wendel Dean, and for the next 28 years they built a wonderful life together with their six children and ten grandchildren. Jan always and only wanted to be a wife, mom and grandma. Nothing else was more important to her than that. She cherished Wendel, her children and grandchildren, and devoted her life to loving them.

Jan never knew a stranger. Regardless of who they were, she loved and welcomed every person who crossed her path. Jan lavished kindness and hospitality on her family, and also on the weakest and least among us - those who were hurting or struggling with some trial. She made each person whose life she touched feel as if they were precious and important. Jan enjoyed traveling with Wendel, spending time at their cabin in McCall, entertaining, and making her home, yard and flowers beautiful. But most of all, Jan treasured time spent with her family, especially her grandkids.

In 2015, Jan was diagnosed with cancer. Shortly after her diagnosis, she told her family that the Lord had given her the word “surrender.” She would fight this terrible disease, but she would do so in total surrender to God’s will for her life, come what may. Jan surrendered to the process of surgery, chemotherapy, radical dietary changes, and allowing her family to care for her, just as she had for them all these years. Following treatment, she enjoyed several months of remission before the cancer returned this past spring.

This time, Jan shared that God told her to find joy in everything. And she did. In the cheerful chatter and laughter of her home which was frequently filled with her kids and grandkids. In the tender care and compassion of her husband, family, nurses, friends, and church family. In every card, call, text and visit she received, God gave and Jan chose to receive, joy in the journey until the day he called her home.
Preceding Jan in death were her parents, Bert and Mary Feil, and her older brother, David Thomas Feil. She is survived by her husband, Wendel Dean of Burley; by her children, Bryan Patterson of Twin Falls, Jacobi Patterson of Boise, and Arika Patterson Phipps (Ryan) of Burley; her step-children, Mike Dean (Becky) of Jerome; Melanie Edwards (Richard “Spot”) of Casa Grande, Arizona, and Wendy Kerfoot (Kevin), of Caldwell; ten grandchildren, Gabe, Derek, Lukah, Khyauna, Kelt, Mikiah, Kayb, Jhett, Will and Kyro; two great grandchildren; her sister, Sue Feil-Erwin (Jeff) and brother, Dan Feil (Elise); sister-in-law, Marilyn Gleed (Dennis); and nephews and nieces Alyssa, Justin, Jarod, Sarah, Ben, Matt, Owen and Sophia.
A celebration of Jan’s life will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 11, 2017 at Grace Community Church in Rupert, Idaho, services will conclude with Graveside services in the Rupert Cemetery under the direction of Joel Heward Hansen Mortuary.
The family would like to thank the medical staff at St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center and Mountain States Tumor Institute for their compassion and kindness.

Condolences for Jan Dean

From Debbie and Max Robbins:
So very sad to hear this news. Jan was such a beautiful person inside and out, so kind, so full of love and grace! Happy to have known such a wonderful person... Love and prayers to this family.
From David Graham :
What a tremendous life Jan lived. She brought life and light into every room she entered. She was a delight to know and I cherish the years I was privilaged to be her and Wendels pastor. I know Jans passing leaves a big hole in the community but I trust the family and friends will find peace and hope in the promise we will see her again! May God's grace, mercy and love be abounding to the family and to all who knew and loved Jan!
From Shelley Harman:
Jan is my dear young childhood friend. Riding bikes, giggling, sleeping over, working, and riding bus together, are some of my wonderful memories. She is beautiful inside and out. May God bless her family and friends.

From Monte & Linnell Watson:
Heaven is a better and more beautiful place with her there. But a ray of sunshine and happiness is missing here.
From Alan and Valerie Mohlman :
Dear Wendel family we are truly sorry to hear of Jan's passing our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family ??
From Dala Walton:
So sorry for your loss. I know you will miss her immensely. May you find great comfort in knowing she is with Jesus.
From Tom and Wilma Corr Hume:
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Jan had a smile that was unbeatable. She said she was rotten when we used to babysit her but I don't remember that. I just remember her gentle soul and the wonderful hugs! Her love of God conveyed to the rest of us was a wonderful gift!
From Susan and Gale Corr:
So sorry. Gale said he remembers baby sitting Jan.
From Stan & Kim Sinclair:
Wendel and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Jan was such a beautiful soul - and what a testimony her life was to you and the whole community. Much love to you all.
From Nancy Vansant-Firkins :
Jan & I went 2 school 2gether! I was so excited later 2 go 2 church with her! She knew the Lord & is now praising God all day long! So sorry 4 ur loss Wendell & families
From Debbie Dutton Bedell:
Jan was a very sweet & kind person. She always greeted with her beautiful smile. Her positive attitude was contagious. I'm so sorry to hear this news. My prayers for the family. GOD IS THE SOURCE OF YOUR STRENGTH!
From Greg - Dana Jo Cameron:
To All of Jan's Family:
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in you at this time. I loved her Dad and will miss them both, they were always fun to be around. Hoping it helps to know people care.
From Kayleen:
Girlfriend as hard as this is for me I can't help but give God all the praise and glory for our 56 years of friendship. We were little girls, but blossomed into this incredible journey. We walked through glory, darkness, laughter and fun. I thank you Jesus for such an incredible Godly friend. Girlfriend I will TRULY MISS YOU!! Love you so much girlfriend. "To Him Be The Glory".
From Bernard Greene:
My sympathies go out to the families of Jan and Wendel, Jan was such a sweet and giving person that touched many people in her life, always with a smile and radiance of sunshine, praying her spirits carries on in her family's lives.
From Kathy Painter and Family :
So sorry for your loss Jacobi, Arika, Bryan and Wendell.. Jan was such a beautiful person inside and out. She always had kind words to say and an infectious smile! She will be very missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family!!!
From James Lacy:
I didn't know Jan, but all of you did. When I read her obituary, it blessed my heart. Jan is with the Lord, but her heart and passion of life lives on in all of you. I am sorry for your loss and pray that God brings you comfort and great joy in this time of grieving. God bless all of you.
From Nonnie Osterhout Johnston:
I had many classes with Jan. She is such a kind and caring friend. So very sorry for your loss. With deepest sympathy.
From Mike & Susi & Justun McCall:
Wendell and kids, We know how hard this must be, but Jan is definitely with Jesus. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.
From Kathy Knight Wills:
So sorry for the loss of Jan from this earthly world.
She was so full of joy! Jan was such a special part of our group at the First Christian Church & Serendipity Singers.
From Mike & Becky Dean:
This beautiful lady set the bar so high on how God wishes us to live our lives. Never a more kind, generous or loving woman walked this earth. She will be truly missed
From Mike & Becky Dean:
This beautiful lady set the bar so high on how God wishes us to live our lives. Never a more kind, generous or loving woman walked this earth. She will be truly missed
From Debbie Wilcox Smith:
My prayers for comfort and peace for each one who knew and loved her. Jan was a beautiful graceful lady and her smile was always there to lighten your load.
From Bobra Spaulding Jensen:
Sweet Beautiful Janet you will be missed. My Friend & neighbor since childhood. May the Lord comfort your family.
From Susie Payne:
Wendell. I am so very sorry for your loss. Jan is beautiful inside and out. I loved her so very much! She always had a big hug for me when I would see her. She will really be missed. Many thoughts and prayers for you all. I can't wait to see her again!
From Dee Anderson:
I lost a very good friend. She reached out to me several times in the most recent years. The spirit she carried and the words she spoke will remain in my heart forever. What a caring and beautiful person! She is a treasure that her family will miss but her memory will carry them to new heights. My deepest sympathies to her beautiful family.
From Sherril & Shirley Stallings:
Wendel and family, we are heartsick about Jan's passing. She was such a sweet, sociable person. We love all of your family and enjoyed being neighbors so many years. May the Lord bless and comfort you.
From Richard and Jael Corr:
We have so many beautiful memories to take with us from Jan. She was such a special woman and always so full of love, compassion and Christ. We will cherish our relationship with her always.
From Joan Seamons Mackay:
So sad to hear about Janet's passing. I have many fond memories from High School that include Janet. Sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
From Aunt K:
Wendel my heart hurts with you. I want to tell you again, thank you for loving my best friend as God asks us to love, unconditionally and forever. Your future is your faith in Christ Jesus and I'm so thankful for that. May God Bless you every moment!!
From Tabitha Velasco:
Her smile & kindness! She was a genuine loving person. She will be missed.
From Chris and Carla Ketchum:
Jan had a special place in our hearts. A wonderful lady full of God's grace and compassion. Our hearts are with you all.
From Brenda Ceja (Torres):
I am very sorry for your loss! My prayers are with you and so is my heart! I will forever cherish the beautiful memories I had with you and your family! Thank you Jan for so many fun moments through out my childhood! May the lord give you all strength in this difficult time you are all going through.
From the West Family:
Wendell, children, everyone who knew Jan. What a wonderful woman we were privileged to know. She is spreading the love with our Lord.
From Bob Rock:
So sorry for your loss, Jacobi. Your mom was such a sweet lady and she definitely passed her radiant smile on to you. She will be missed.
From Andrea Andino:
Her smile was infectious and would light up the room, such a beautiful women both inside and out! She is loved by so many and will be missed very much! My heart goes out to her family, my thoughts and prayers are with them all during this difficult time.
From juluo & Letty Aguinaga :
I'm so sorry for your Loss we will miss Dearly friend We Love you very much you were a Good Friend & Listener .We will miss your Beautiful smile & presence ???
From Karen McManus:
Jan was such a kind person, I am so sorry for your loss, our prayers are with you. It is so hard to lose your Soulmate ,Mother, and Grandmother.

From Aunt K:
Bryan, Jacobi and Arika--you all were a beautiful gift to your mom. She loved you more than you will ever know. It's only when our lives are emptied that we're surprised by how truly full our lives really were. Even in your time of sorrow and broken hearts don't forget all of your thanksgiving. I love you kids so very much--May God Bless Each Of You--Aunt K
From Dan Martinez:
To my family that i grew up with , my heart is heavy and my heart is sad. Jan showed me love and kindness and i always admired her strength and devotion in God and our savior Jesus Christ. She was my second mom and i will miss her dearly. But i know from the bottom of my heart that she is in a better place and that i will see her again soon. To Wendell my brother Bryan and my two sisters Jacobi and Arika i love you with all my heart and will always be here for you.
From Penny Newbry :
Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Our families all grew up together on the Northside. God bless you.
The Shouse Family
Muriel Shouse
Penny (Shouse)
Kelly (Shouse) Woods
Jody (Shouse) Lagioia
From Kathleen May:
Prayers for comfort and peace in that loss of your treasured wife, mother and grandma. She was a wonderful sweet breath of sunshine to everyone around her.
From Clara Jensen :
She was a good and sweet women god has gained a special soul and she will be missed .. so sorry to the family may god comfort you through this time and fill ur hearts with his luv and spirit of strength .. god bless you in this time ??????????????????
From Dave and Leslee Couch:
I am so sad for the Dean family. Such a beautiful woman - inside and out. Jan is welcomed in the arms of Jesus and is no longer in pain. God bless you Wendel and kids.
From Warren and Michele Snyder:
Jan brilliantly reflected the light of Christ; she literally "sparkled" with His radiance. Our loss is definitely heaven's gain. Wendell and kids, we are so very sorry. Our hearts go out to you in this time of great loss. May you experience the grace and peace and comfort of the God your wife and mama served.
From Dawn m Zimbelman:
Wow! What to say? A beautiful lady that I never had the pleasure of knowing but am absolutely positive I would have loved her. So very sorry to the entire family for your loss, especially Melani and Spot who I do have the pleasure of knowing. God Bless All Of You. You are in my prayers.
From Kent Stallings :
My heart goes out to all of you. Jan was a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. so sorry for your loss.
From Duane Grant:
Wendel and family, so very sorry to hear of the loss of Jan. Our thoughts are with you.
From Terri Smith:
Wendel and family. So very sorry to hear this. Jan was beautiful inside and out! May God be with you at this time. Prayers for you.
From Barbara B Feroce:
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. May God give you comfort.
From Diana & Dennis Warburton:
So sorry for your loss. Jan was a special lady. She was always thinking of others.
From Stephanie Stelly:
I'm so sad to hear this. I had no idea it came back. Every time I would see her she was always smiling and she is so beautiful! You will be greatly missed Jan Dean, love you!
From Tim Orton:
With big tears in my eyes I want you to know how much Jan touched my life and showed love to everyone So sorry God bless you we will all miss her dearly
From Anna Lee Elquist :
My first impression of Jan when I met her was first, her striking beauty including a beautiful smile, and second the pride she had for her children /family. That showed through right away! May you all be blessed and comforted during this difficult time. Much love and prayers sent from me and my girls!!!
From Patrick and Becca Gregory:
This wonderful woman will be missed so much. So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
From Crystalyn :
Her smile always lit up a room!! She will be missed. ?? My heart aches for you kids.
From Go and Judie Gonzales:
Jan did make us all feel loved and very special we will miss her our deepest condolences
From Donn Peacock:
I was so sorry to hear about this. Jan was such a sweet lady who always greeted you with a smile. I am thankful for the time that she was in my life. You are all in my prayers.
From Penne Main:
That smile. The beauty which came from deep within. She was a gift.
From Kathy Seal Vogler:
So Sorry for your loss Loved when I got to see Jan and Wendell in McCall
From Jen latta:
I absolutely love and adore this woman , she was an angel from above and will be greatly missed , loves and prayers to her family??
From Donetta Davis:
So sorry to hear about Jan passing she was an amazing kind and wonderful lady. Will so miss that beautiful smile of hers
From Shari Hodge:
Arika, so sorry for your loss. Lodi g your Mom is hard. Praying for you and your family!!
From John and Diana Wheeler:
So sorry to hear of your loss. Jan was precious and beautiful and a jewel to know. You have a lot of memories about this special lady to treasure. Jan was always kind and supportive. May the family be blessed during this time.
From Rod& Bonnie Latta:
We are so sorry for the loss of your beautiful wife Jan. If we can do anything to make this any easier please let us knoe! We will see you soon!
From Steve and Monica Stuart :
Jan reminded us so MUCH of Mary...even if you only met them one time...they affected your life because you experienced Christ living in them and loving you through them.
From Deb Despot:
A beautiful woman. She will be missed, but she made a BIG difference in this lifetime. My thoughts and hugs to all ofher family. Deb Despot
From The Caddy's:
Bryan, Jacobi, Arika & babies we are thinking of you all! We love you all and are so blessed to have known your beautiful, kind, generous, loving, & humorous Momma ?
From Bryan and Leslie Crafton:
She is truly a woman of faith who touched many lives. A great example to all. We thank you Jan for good memories.
From Scott Erwin:
What a sweet lady. She will be surly missed by friends and family. To day she met Jesus and flys with Angels.
From Crystal Burgess-Martin:
My heart is so heavy with saddened. Jan was a beautiful person inside and out. My prayers go out to her family.
From Diana & Kirk Teigen:
Jacobi we are so sorry for your loss. I know it's hard to loose your mother. You are in our Prayers. So sorry we missed you when we were in Idaho. Your mom sounds like a special lady. I would have loved to meet her but I'm sure theirs a lot of her in you.
From Jill wornell:
So sorry for your loss, too young, too soon.
From Jim and Teresa Corr :
Our deepest sympathy Wendel and family. Jan was such a super sweet lady that always had a great smile and big hug when ever we seen her! May God comfort each of you at this time.
From Tom Scott:
Scripture says when we get to heaven W no more pain no more sorrow no more suffering and we're going to have a new body blessed be the name of the Lord
From Corinna Torres-Paz:
Im so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and may the lord give you peace. Love you Arika!!
From Debbie Critchfield:
Your mom gave me ride to Tires West to get my car after I had a flat tire! I was randomly looking around figuring out what to do in a parking lot and she literally said, "HOP IN!" We chatted in the car like we were old friends when,in fact, we had never even spoken! She was an absolute beauty inside and out. I am deeply saddened by this news. My prayers go out to the family. May the memories of her and her spirit carry you through this difficult time. Much love,
From Arliss Lentini:
My condolence to you in the loss of Jan. She was a dear friend and beautiful lady with a beautiful spirit. May God bless you and comfort you.
From Scott and Susan Anderson:
We are so sorry for your lost. We are praying for you.
From Erin Service :
So glad I got the chance to meet this sweet lady. Such a beautiful smile and sweet spirit. Something she definitely passed along to my friend Jacobi. I love you lots lady and Im so sorry for you and your families loss xoxo
From Jacoby Sneddon:
My heart and prayers go out to you all. Jan was such a special lady, definitely as beautiful on the inside as the outside. Rest in peace beautiful angel.
From Felipe Gonzalez :
Sorry for your loss you guys are in my thoughts and prayers
From Jim Larsen:
Bryan, Jacobi, Arika and Wendell. So sorry for your loss. Jan was a beautiful person in every way.
From Nancy Young :
We will miss this wonderful lady. She was an amazing woman and our family thought the world of her. We are so sorry for your loss.
From Janell Ahern:
Ahh. this is sad. I loved Janet and she will be missed. So sorry Wendel. Losing a spouse is not easy.
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