Earl Dean Graves, or “Dean” as he was known by all, a longtime resident of Thatcher, entered into eternal life Saturday afternoon, July 7, 2018, at his residence, following a lengthy illness. He was 84.

Dean was born June 18, 1934, in the farming community of Antelope Flats, Texas, to Edith Grant and Carl Sanford Graves.

Dean is survived by: his wife of 52 years, Loretta; and his sons, Randy Graves and Gary Graves.

Preceding Dean in death was: his daughter, Christine; a stepson, Marden; his mother, Edith; his father, Carl Sanford; a sister, Alma; and his brother, Carl.

In honoring Dean’s wishes, his body was donated to the University of Arizona Willed Body Program for medical research purposes.

A celebration of Dean’s life is currently pending and will be announced at a later date.

Online condolences may be offered at viningfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are entrusted to Vining Funeral Home.

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