Loye Dean Ricker



Our sweet and selfless Dean—husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend—passed from this life and walked into the arms of his Savior on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Dean spent his last moments at his home in Covered Bridge Canyon.

Dean was born on March 11, 1961 in Hampton, Arkansas, to Norma Ellen Christensen and Robert Morton Ricker. Although he was the youngest of four boys, his brothers always looked up to him. Dean met his eternal sweetheart, Danélle Sherie Dutson, in 1983, and they were married September 14, 1985. They were then sealed for time and all eternity in the Provo, Utah LDS Temple on November 25, 1986. Never were two people more happy and in love. Dean and Danélle were blessed with three beautiful children: M’Leah Danélle, Essa Matisse and Conner Dean Scott.

Dean’s wife and kids were his pride and joy, and his love for them was unparalleled. His favorite roles were those as dad “papi” to his children and “sweetheart” to his wonderful wife. Nobody could have asked for a better father; he was a steadfast supporter, example, teacher, and number one fan. His kids had him wrapped around their fingers, and he loved every bit of it. From singing them to sleep as little kids to coaching sports teams and having dance parties in the kitchen, there wasn’t anything Dean wouldn’t do for them. His love for Danélle was apparent in every action, every word, and every look. He honored and cherished her as his queen, his constant companion, and his very best friend. Since they were 18 and 22 years old, they did everything hand in hand. They sang, drummed on the dashboard, went on long canyon walks, always made time for lunch dates, took Saturday trips to S&S for his Dr. Pepper and her Diet Coke, adventured on road trips, and loved spending time with their kids. There was nothing Dean enjoyed more than spending time with his family.

Dean loved his Savior and trusted deeply in Him and in Heavenly Father’s plan. He was a friend to all who met him. He loved people unconditionally and completely, and saw others as God saw them. He never uttered a mean word and never made anybody feel less than awesome. Dean was the best listening ear, the steady voice of reason, and the much-needed comical relief. He always—yes, always—had a giant smile on his face. And his hugs were the kind that squeezed your soul and made everything better.

One of the hardest workers around, Dean was an IT manager and engineer at MicroFocus (previously Novell) for more than 30 years. He served happily and willingly in his callings both in work and church. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he taught primary. Those kids sure loved Dean. He also served as a member of a bishopric for young single adults and in the high council, and as both the elder’s quorum and young men’s president.

Dean could fix anything. He loved working with his hands, and was always building and creating. He was a crazy good mechanic, and said his dream job would be to restore old cars. Dean was an avid reader and learner, and was fascinated with space—something he taught his kids to love by taking them stargazing throughout their childhood. He enjoyed football, the outdoors, the beach, and especially Disneyland or, as he called it, “Didnayland.” He was always game for a mean round of foosball with the guys at work, and may have taken out a window or two. He was an old soul and wise counselor, and you could often find him watching historical documentaries or listening to classical music.

Dean is survived by his wife, Danélle; children, M’Leah Danélle (Marc) Manuele, and Conner Dean Scott Ricker; brothers, Robert Lee Ricker, Roger Tim (Kim) Ricker, and James Keith (Beverly) Ricker; half-sister, Amanda Gail Ricker; step-siblings, Camille (Glen) LaPraire, and Christopher (Cindy) Ellis; stepmother, Julie Bridie Ricker; as well as many in-laws, cousins, nieces, and nephews who love him dearly. He is preceded in death by his angel daughter, Essa Matisse; mother, Norma Ellen; father, Robert Morton; and his grandparents on both sides.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Canyon View Stake Center, 979 S 2550 E, Spanish Fork, Utah. Family and friends may join the family for a viewing on Thursday, October 5, 6-8 p.m. at the Walker Funeral Home, 187 S Main Street, Spanish Fork, Utah, or Friday, October 6 at the church from 9:45-10:45 a.m. prior to the service.

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  1. Vicki (Kelly) Mitchell

    Thank you Dean and Danelle! I will ever be grateful for the opportunity to be your friend. Your influence on me from your examples and service throughout the church and community will never be forgotten. I am a better person because of you . Also, through youth Trek’s and young adults my children especially Kyle and Rachel love you and are stronger because of your love, examples, and laughter. May God grant His peace and constant comfort and blessings upon you and your family. We love you!!!!! Love The Birdseye Mitchell’s Kelly,& Vicki, children Kyle, Rachel, and Clarissa,Holly.😰😊

  2. Danelle: I haven’t seen you for a long time but I was ever so sad when I saw Dean’s obit on Facebook posted by a friend. We have shared some quiet sacred times together in the temple and I am grateful for you and your beautiful smile. I don’t know if you will know who I am but I am sending my love and prayers…Bryce’s Mom. Wynette Christensen

  3. Judy Lambert Southall

    So very sorry to hear of Dean’s passing. He spent a lot of time with my brothers back in the 70’s. I loved it when Dean was around because there was NEVER a dull moment. Prayers for you family.

  4. I am sorry to lose a good friend and classmate. Though we didn’t see much of each other after graduation my thoughts and prayers were with him and his family. I can’t tell you Danielle how many DR. Pepper’s we had before school each day for several years. He was a great friend.

  5. Richard Ricker

    Sorry for your loss we did have fun back in ark when we were younger

  6. Gary and Rachel Ricker

    Aunt Danielle, our hearts are heavy but with you. We’ve prayed much for you and the family and Uncle Dean these past months and love and miss you very much. We’ll miss Uncle Dean greatly and I’m sorry my younger children will not meet him in this life. You, Conner and Mleah will continue to be in our prayers. We love you!

  7. Lynda Miller Bickley

    My heart goes out to you sweet Danielle with the loss of your eternal companion.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and you family during this time.

    Love to you and your family,

    Lynda Miller Bickley

  8. Joe and Diane Ricker

    Danielle and family, we are so sorry to hear about Dean. But we also know he is in a perfect place where there is no pain and suffering. Stay strong and let GOD see you through the rough times ahead.

  9. Tara Bushman

    I’m so sorry! I can’t imagine what you are going through! You have been in my prayers. Dean was a wonderful man. Always smiling and kind. I got to work with him when I was in the Stake Primary and he was the High Councilman over Primary. He was so close to the spirit and always gave us good council. Brad & I have fun memories of you and Dean coming with us to Lake Powell! Our 70’s night and the “Lime and the coconut” dance, So fun!
    I am thinking of you!
    Brad & Tara

  10. Rumi Yukawa

    I’m so sorry.
    We pray for Dean and Ricker family.
    I remember my daughter Rina got hurt when she sleight with Essa.Essa Worried about Rina and came to me and said Rina was hurt. I went to your house. Dean put the medicine on Rina’s cheek.
    We are thankful Dean and Essa.