|Birth: ||Oct. 5, 1923|
|Death: ||Jan. 10, 2009|
IDAHO FALLS, ID -- Dean Davis Bloxham, 85, of Idaho Falls, died January 10,
2009, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center of causes incident to age.
He was born October 5, 1923, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to John Charles Bloxham and
Elizabeth Davis Bloxham. He grew up in Idaho Falls and attended Holy Rosary
Catholic School, O. E. Bell Junior High, and graduated from Idaho Falls High
He served in the U. S. Navy for 30 years, and during that time fought in World
War II, the Korean War, and the first part of the Vietnam War.
During his years of service, he served on the USS John R. Craig DD 885, USS
Rombach DE 364, USS Mansfield DD 728, the USS Ozbourne DD 846, J C Breckenridge
AP 176, USS Kearsarge CVS 33, USS Anderson DD 411, USS McGowen DD 678. Dean
received many awards: American Campaign Medal, American Defense SVC Medal with
bronze "A," Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 2 silver stars,
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal with 4
bronze stars, Korean Service Medal with 4 bronze stars, national Defense Service
Medal, United Nations Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Philippine
Liberation Ribbon-Foreign with 1 bronze star, Philippine Unit Citation-Foreign,
Honorable Service Lapel Button, China Service Medal, and the Republic of Korean
War Service Medal Foreign. His greatest accomplishment was seeing so much of the
world: more than 23 countries. Dean enjoyed meeting the diverse people of this
He was married to Bonnie Storer from 1969 until 1980. He worked for Union
Pacific Railroad, the INL, the State of Idaho, and Sears, from which he retired.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a
member of the Bonneville County Jeep Patrol, a life member of the VFW and a
member of the American Legion. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, and
Daughter: June (Joseph) Nielsen, Idaho Falls, ID
Daughter: Robin (Charles) McCracken, Idaho Falls, ID
Daughter: Dawn (Craig) Follett, Idaho Falls, ID
7 Grandchildren: Victoria NeSmith, Gabriel, Kisa, Tehya, and Willow McCracken,
and Addison and Jayden Nielsen. 3 Great-Grandchildren and his 20 pound tomcat,
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Vella and Marjorie; and
five brothers, Harvey, Charles "Chick", David, Alton, and John.
"Old sailors never die, they just sail away."
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 15, 2009 at Wood
Funeral Home, 273 N. Ridge Avenue. The family will visit with friends Wednesday
from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Wood Funeral Home and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to
services. Burial will be in the Ucon Cemetery. Military Rites will be performed
by the Bonneville County Veterans Memorial Team and the Idaho Honor Guard. In
lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial donations to the Idaho State
Veterans Home, 1957 Alvin Ricken Drive, Pocatello, ID 83201.
John Charles Bloxham (1873 - 1923)
Elizabeth Ann Davis Bloxham (1884 - 1974)
Vella Bloxham Davies (1901 - 1958)*
Harvey Bloxham (1903 - 1916)*
Charles John Bloxham (1905 - 1971)*
David Bloxham (1910 - 1989)*
Alton Bloxham (1912 - 1993)*
John Emerson Bloxham (1915 - 1991)*
Marjorie Ann Bloxham Metcalf (1918 - 2007)*
Dean Davis Bloxham (1923 - 2009)
Created by: Byron & Mable Ramseyer Z...
Record added: Jan 14, 2009
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