Home of Dean and Shirley Gilbert

Home of Dean and Shirley Gilbert (1956) (Number 41 on the 1958 Highland map - 5620 W. 11000 N.)

Dean Austin & Shirley Glade Sanders Gilbert

Dean was born Jan 21, 1933 in Riverton, Utah to Albert and Johanna Sofie Margaret Szybrowsky Gilbert, the ninth of fourteen children.  He graduated from Jordan High in 1952. He was drafted and  served in the Army from Feb 1953 to Jan 1955, becoming a Sergeant 1st class and serving in Korea in the signal corp.    

Shirley was born February 2, 1929, in Murray to Owen LeRoy and Lila Sanders and graduated from Murray High School after which she attended BYU for a couple of years.  She married Dean June 23, 1955 in the Salt Lake Temple  They lived in Riverton, working for his father for the first year of their marriage then they moved to Highland in 1956, operating an 80-acre dairy farm (#41 on the 1958 Highland map - 5620 W. 11000 N.).  They had five children: Danny, Dick, Debbie, Wendy and Doug (who was born after they left Highland). In Highland Shirley worked in the Primary for almost ten years and Dean was in the Sunday School Superintendency.  In 1972 they moved to Burley, Idaho on a 400-acre dairy farm which he worked with his sons. In 1981 they moved to Moreland, near Blackfoot, Idaho where Dean worked for Simplot Soilbuilders, then for Rockford Farm and Ranch, retiring in 2006.  In retirement he built wagons of all sizes, traded horses and horse equipment.  He served on the Select Sires board and the Idaho State Holstein Association board. 

His Church service also included the MIA, Elders Quorum, ward mission leader and with Shirley served a mission for three years overseeing the Bishop’s storehouse and they also were temple workers.  Shirley died March 6, 2020 in Moreland, and is buried in the Moreland cemetery.  Dean died October 16, 2020 in Burley, Idaho and was cremated.

Source: HIGHLAND HISTORY: A compilation by Charles T Greenland II for the Highland Historical Society

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