Dean Arnold Bergstrom

January 27, 2009

By Contributor

                     Dean Bergstrom 

Dean Arnold Bergstrom, of Preston, died Jan. 22, 2009. He was 82.

A memorial service is at 11 a.m. at Preston Baptist Church, 31104 S.E. 86th St., followed by a gathering for family and friends. At 2 p.m., there will be a short graveside service at the Preston Cemetery. 

Dean was born Feb. 13, 1926, in Snoqualmie, the eldest son of Manne and Ruth Bergstrom. He is a lifelong resident of Preston and attended Issaquah schools, graduating from Issaquah High School in 1944.

Dean served in the United States Navy as a seaman first class during World War II immediately following graduation. His service took him to Alaska, where he returned to work after the war, and where he picked up his trade. Eventually, he made his way back to Seattle and found himself painting for Standard Oil at the waterfront.

He was later employed as a painter for the King County Courthouse for 30 years, retiring in 1981. He was also a 25-year veteran of the King County Volunteer Fire Department in Preston and a lifelong member of the International Union of Painter’s and Allied Trades. 

Dean enjoyed the outdoors as an avid fisherman and hunter. His favorite places to indulge in these hobbies with family members and friends were Alaska, Canada and off the coast of Washington. 

He found great pleasure in playing and spending time with his grandkids, teaching them to tie their shoes, the art of poker, cribbage and driving the family car. He spent many afternoons on long walks around the neighborhood, reading favorite books, exterminating weeds in the yard and pruning trees with a vengeance! 

He was married for 50 years to his loving wife, Jewel Bergstrom, who preceded him in death in 2000. 

Dean is survived by his sons Dean E. Bergstrom (Renee), of Issaquah, Daniel A. Bergstrom (Kristine), of Cle Elum, and his daughter Ann K. Armstrong (Roger), of Preston; sister Louise Smith, of Spokane; four grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. 

The family suggests remembrances to the Preston Baptist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 948, Preston, WA 98050.

Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guest book at

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