Dean Haney, of Niwot, died March 27, 2011, at his home, surrounded by four generations of his loving family. He was 90.
Born July 14 1920, in Denver, he was the son of Leroy and Wamie (Nutter) Haney. He and his brother, Herbert, were raised by their mother and stepfather, Eugene Warrell, after the untimely death of their father.
While attending North Denver High School, he excelled in wrestling, and in 1938 he won the Colorado State wrestling championship in his weight division, an accomplishment of which he was very proud. From an early age, his interest in radio led him to become a licensed HAM radio operator. He was a member of the Longmont Amateur Radio Club. In 1941, he enlisted in the Army Signal Corp. and was later honorably discharged.
On May 15, 1942, Mr. Haney married the love of his life, Erma Waters, in Greeley. They lived in Brush, where he worked for Burlington Northern Railroad. In 1943, the couple moved to Denver where he began his 37-year career with Continental Airlines.
In 1957, Continental moved its base of operations to Los Angeles. In his position, Mr. Haney was responsible for developing the policy and procedures for the maintenance and overhaul shops at LAX. During this time, he received many awards from his peers in the industry. For one year, he was president of the Airline International Electronics Meeting, at which time he was awarded the Airline Avionics Institute "Volare Award."
During his employment with Continental, the couple traveled the world accompanied by their co-workers and good friends. Beginning in 1975, every weekend the couple traveled to Escondido, Calif., where he was building Erma her dream home. In 1980, Mr. Haney retired from Continental as director of avionics. After retirement, the couple purchased an RV and began traveling the country with their Continental retirement group (Carm). In 1988, they returned to Colorado, residing in Niwot until his death.
Among his many interests, Mr. Haney took great pride in his vegetable garden. His family was always his highest priority. He will be remembered for his compassionate nature, his ever-present optimism, and good humor, especially his "one liners." He never spoke an unkind word about anyone. His analytical thinking brought many to seek his counsel. His love of life was the greatest gift to all who knew him.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years; son Mike, of Yucca Valley, Calif.; daughters Sue Peck (Roger), of Niwot, and daughter Janet Finney (Rob), of Livingston, Mont.; five grandchildren, Cindy Young (Kelly), Christine Kirkpatrick (Troy), Jeffrey Peck, Katie Daughenbaugh (Jason), Karie Finney; four great-grandchildren, Kaitlynn and Tanner Kirkpatrick; Reder and Ruby Daughenbaugh; and step great-grandson, Eric Young (Shakeena).
He was preceded in death by his mother, stepfather, and brother.
The family wishes to thank Hospice Care of Boulder and Broomfield Counties for their compassionate care. In particular Carol, Marsha and Jenny.
Cremation has been entrusted to Howe Mortuary and Cremation Services.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, at Westview Presbyterian Church, Longmont.
Memorial contributions are requested to HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties or the Westview Memorial Fund.