(Apr. 25, 2008)
Former Deaver resident Dean Cozzens, 54, died in his sleep Friday, April 25 in Payson, Ariz.
He was born in Powell Feb. 21, 1954, to Ivan Rex and Kate (Nicholls) Cozzens. He grew up and graduated from Deaver High School in 1972. He excelled in football in high school.
Dean married Penny Dian Asay in 1973. This union was blessed with four children. They were later divorced.
He was a truck driver, driving for Ken Mangus and Montana Sulphur. He worked construction in Arizona.
Family members will remember him for a heart of gold; when the chips were down, you could always count on him. He loved to take his family and his mom fishing at Deaver Reservoir. He loved to hunt and loved nature. When he moved to Arizona, he lived in the mountains and felt at home.
Survivors include his children, Monica Grace (Jay) Cotter of Powell, James Dean Cozzens of Cowley, Brandon Rex (Shannon) Cozzens of Lovell and Heather Dian Cozzens of Cowley; grandchildren, Logan James Cotter and Megan Nichole Cotter of Powell; brothers, Rex William (Ruby) Cozzens of Cowley, Ronald Nicholls (Sue) Cozzens of Snohomish, Wash., and Kent Hartley Cozzens of Oak Park, Calif.; brother-in-law, James Patrick Schmidtberger of Kingman, Ariz.; and sisters, JoAnn C. (Phillip) Wagner of Lovell and Judy (Jack) Cregger of Powell; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Charles Kimball Cozzens and Ivan David (Buddy) Cozzens; and sister, Phyllis C. Schmidtberger.
Cremation has taken place, and private services will be held at a later date.