Sept. 27, 1946 – Oct. 29, 2012
Dean Carroll was born on Sept. 27, 1946, in Huron, S.D., to Grace and Henry Carroll. He died on Oct. 29, 2012, surrounded by his family after a short courageous battle with cancer. He fought hard right to the bitter end and was always more worried about his family than himself.
He touched the lives of all those who knew him. His passions included family, 4-H, horses and being outside tinkering with his many projects. He always lived life to the fullest and always worked to live instead of living to work. He never met a stranger.
Dean grew up in DeSmet, S.D., where he attended school in a one-room school house with his brothers and sisters. During his childhood, he worked hard on the family farm caring for the animals and also worked his way through high school in a meat locker. He graduated from DeSmet High School. He joined the Army in 1966 and went to Germany. He was discharged in 1968.
In 1978, he moved to Wyoming. While living here, he made numerous friends who led him on great adventures.
He was very involved in the 4-H program in Big Horn County as a leader and also superintendent of the horse show. He volunteered countless hours to help the youth of the county. He always extended a helping hand and wanted all the children to be successful. Many 4-H members have said that if it weren’t for him they would have never joined 4-H.
He looked forward to the fair all year long, using his one week vacation spending time in Basin camping out in his tent, visiting with friends and helping 4-H members. He always stood up for what he thought was best for the kids even if no one else agreed.
He loved to ride horses. His greatest pleasure was to ride a new colt and take him out in the hills. One never knew what he might show up riding. He would rather go move cows than most anything else in the world. He spent numerous weekends and vacations following his good friend Max Gifford around wherever he may have his cows at the time.
For many years, he participated in the wild horse races. After retiring from competition, he was always excited to help out a younger team and provide them with tips or equipment to win in this rodeo event. In recent years, he had began doing miniature chuck wagon races with his friend Dale Clark.
No matter what, he always stood up for what he believed and didn’t care what others thought. Of course with his family, if it wasn’t his way it wasn’t the right way even if the job got done. He will forever be missed and loved by those who knew him.
He is survived by his loving wife, LaVonne, his daughters, Lisa (Wes) Carroll of Powell and Kola Hein of Cowley; his sons, Michael (Deb) Carroll of Huron, S.D., and Randy (Sonja) Hein of Deaver; his grandchildren Abby, Jake and Luke Eaton, Devin and Drew Carroll, Amy Hein and Cody Halbur; his great-granddaughter Kayla Whiting; his sisters Pat Tyrrell of DeSmet, S.D., Joyce Kadlec of Pipestone, Minn., and Mary Traphagen of Aberdeen, S.D.; his brother Tom Carroll of Monett, Mo. and numerous nieces and nephews and close friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Grace Carroll, and his brother Philip Carroll.
A memorial fund has been set up at First Bank of Wyoming in Lovell to help 4-H members in Big Horn County.