Dean A. Snow, 69, of Great Falls, passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side, on November 26, 2019, after a prolonged battle with cancer. Dean was born on July 29, 1950 in Jamestown, ND. At two weeks old Dean moved to Great Falls, MT with his parents.
He attended Longfellow Elementary, Paris Gibson Junior High and graduated from Great Falls High School in 1968. On January 20, 1973 he married Janet Meek and they spent 46 wonderful years as husband and wife. The happy couple immediately moved to Billings, MT for a year and a half, before returning to Great Falls, where he spent the rest of his life being the best family man ever.
Dean was a well-known guitarist, singer, and songwriter, and was also a huge fan of the Beatles. A couple of his favorite accomplishments, besides his family, was the release of a record by his band, The Missing Lynx, in 1967. Their song “To Be Like You” was featured on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Rate a Record, and they won! Dean worked at the Berkley Pit in Butte, MT, the Anaconda Company in Great Falls, MT, and at Rocky Mountain Neon Signs, prior to having a career in Business Management.
He is survived by his wife Janet, daughters Shannon (James) Nephew and Stacey Snow. Grandsons Ethan and Caden Nephew, and Granddogs Herman and Ranger, brother-n-law Duane Meek, sisters-n-law Sally (Les) Kuhen, Marsha (Daniel) Eklund, and nieces and nephews. Dean was preceded in death by his parents Mike and Lovida Snow, along with numerous special friends.
Dean was known for his infectious smile, loving relationships, and outrageous sense of humor. Everyone knew the door was always open at the Snows’. He loved spending time at the family cabin, in Lincoln, MT. Some of his favorite memories were made there. He also loved playing, writing, and listening to music, hunting, hiking, fishing, 4 wheeling, camping, photography, and any time spent with the people he loved. Dean took pride in being the best Grandpa to his grandsons, and the best Dad to his daughters. He had a very special place in his heart for his son-in-law and enjoyed all their adventures, most recently getting to play guitar together.
Our family would like to give a special thank you to the staff in the Oncology Department at the Great Falls Clinic, for their continuous care and support. Another special thank you to the staff on the Oncology floor at Benefis. The love and care you gave to Dean and our family made a very difficult time more bearable. We can’t thank you all enough.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, December 15th, from 2-6 pm at the VFW (4123 10th Ave S., GF, MT).
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Benefis Foundation in honor of Dean. www.benefis.org
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