AFCM Dean R. Fetterman (USN Ret.): Aug. 1, 1942 – May 3, 2021



MCPO Dean Raymond Fetterman died at home surrounded by loved ones at 1200 hours Monday, May 3, 2021. He was born to Raymond Fetterman and Frances (Bowman) Fetterman on Aug. 1, 1942 in Yuba City, Calif. He grew up in Marysville, Calif., where he also graduated high school.

At age 17, he went to the closest Marine Corps recruitment office only to find it was closed. A Navy chief recruiter caught his eye and invited him in for coffee. That day he joined the Navy and honorably served his country for 20 years before retiring.

When Dean was 18 he married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Louise Samons. They shared their lives for over 60 years. While enlisted, Dean and Shirley traveled all over the country and abroad, including orders to Subic Bay NAS in the Philippines.

Upon his retirement from the Navy, Dean went to work for the Civil Service Defense Department and retired after 23 years with Naval Aviation Engineering Service Unit (NAESU) at NAS Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor, Wash. He spent his last couple of years before fully retiring with Naval Air Technical Data and Engineering Service Command (NATEC).

Along the way they had two sons, Eric, of Port Townsend, Wash., and Curt, of Las Vegas, Nev., who passed in 2007.

Dean is survived by his wife Shirley; four grandchildren, Victoria, Christopher, Brittany, Marissa; and two great grandchildren, Ali and Christopher, Jr.

Dean lived his life with integrity, and a dedication to God, country, family and his fellow man. He was a wonderful man and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

The Fetterman family would like to thank staff of the Hospice of the Northwest in Mount Vernon, Wash. for their compassion and care.

A private visitation will take place at Wallin-Stucky Funeral Home in Oak Harbor.

Arrangements were entrusted to Wallin-Stucky Funeral Home.

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