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Dean, 97, of Bend, Oregon, died March 11, 2017. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1940 and flew "The Hump" in the China/Burma Theater during WWII. Retiring from the service after 20 years, he went to Oregon State University where he got his degree in Forestry. Dean flew smokejumpers, Suppression Crews and lead plane out of the Redmond Air Center.
Smokejumping; Smokejumpers -- United States; National Smokejumper Association; Wildfire fighters; Obituaries
National Smokejumper Association, "Smokejumper Obituary: Ford, Dean W. (Pilot 0000)" (2017). Smokejumper Obituaries. 645.