Dean Kent Sellers was born on April 4, 1947 in Mesa, Arizona to Ila Mae Hill and Charles Sumner Sellers. His siblings, Charlie, Bob and Shari were thrilled to welcome their new baby brother into their family. As a fifth generation Arizonan he was very proud of his pioneer heritage, and loved going to his Grandma and Grandpa Hill’s home each Sunday evening to see his aunts, uncles and cousins. Sadly for Dean and his whole family, he lost his father at the tender age of only 8 years old. He helped care for his sweet mom throughout the remainder of her life.
Dean grew up with a love of sports and especially enjoyed wrestling and playing football at Mesa High School and later at Mesa Community College. He was excited to accept his call to serve a full-time mission to the Eastern States for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a powerful missionary with a deep testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and a love for all people, and continued to share his testimony throughout his entire life.
Upon returning from his mission, he immediately noticed a beautiful brunette in the Mesa 3rd Ward. It wasn’t long before he was sealed to his eternal companion, Patricia Sue Watts in the Mesa, Arizona Temple on September 1, 1970. He was a loving, devoted husband to Patricia and felt blessed to be the father to his eight wonderful children… Susan, Kristin, Dean, Jared, Brad, Tiffany, Elizabeth and Rebecca. He loved his sons and daughters-in-law as if they were his own. He was proud to be the grandpa to 34 grandchildren and four great-granddaughters. He loved cheering on his children and grandchildren at their sporting events, and his strong, robust voice was unforgettable by all!
His love for his country led him to enlist in the United States Army Reserves Medical Unit. Years later, with a great interest in local, state and national politics, he had a desire to serve his country, and ran for the United States Senate in 1982 and then other positions.
Dean loved the beauty of the mountains and family vacations to our ranches in Alpine, Arizona and Hannigan’s Meadow in the White Mountains of Northeastern Arizona. He was a true cowboy, and you would always find him wearing his signature boots, turquoise belt buckle and Wranglers. His love for the outdoors led him to work professionally in land development, selling cattle ranches and real estate. He was a broker for 48 years.
Dean took a genuine interest in those around him and made it a priority to serve and give as often as he could. He was always fun to be around since he was full of life and had such a great sense of humor. One of his distinctive characteristics was his strong, “powerhouse” handshake.
Dean passed on his legacy of love for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He always shared his strong love for his Heavenly Father and Savior, and he lived his testimony through word and action until the end. He loved people and made friends wherever he went. He loved taking his darling family on surprise trips and outings to Disneyland, the cabin or the beach.
Our hearts feel broken by the passing of our beloved husband, dad, and grandpa. We are comforted by the knowledge that he is now reunited with his dear mom, dad, brothers and many other loved ones that preceded him in death. Very unexpectedly, he started having complications and was admitted to the Banner Heart Hospital. It was there that on Sunday, June 27, 2021 he slipped into eternity. Oh how we miss him!
We will be honoring him at a funeral service at the LDS Stake Center located at 3307 S. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert, AZ on Friday, July 9, 2021 at 11:00 am. A viewing will be held at 10:00 am. A live broadcast may be viewed at the following website: https://tinyurl.com/48kc77pw
Dean and Patricia are grateful for all your dear friendships through the years.