Dean Earl Greeno

1945 ~ 2018


Obit Photo Dean Greeno

 Captain Dean Greeno, age 73, passed away on November 12, 2018. Dean was born April 15, 1945 to Walter and Ruth Greeno.  He grew up in the small town of Rudyard, Montana, where his family farmed wheat. 

   An avid athlete, Dean played several sports and excelled at basketball which he played in high school and college. While attending the University of Montana he discovered his first love, flying airplanes.

After graduating with a degree in political science he pursued his private pilot’s license at Harrod’s Aviation in Billings, MT. There he met his first wife Dona Hicks, who remembers “he had the best smile in the world.” On March 24, 1969 Dean began a long career as a pilot for Northwest Airlines where he flew domestically and internationally for 35 years. Dean retired as 747 captain on April 15, 2005 – respected by his colleagues as an exceptional pilot.

   While at Northwest Dean met Mary Oesterreicher, a flight attendant with the airline. They married in 1979 and in 1984 moved from Minneapolis to Spokane, WA. In Spokane Dean was a fixture at the local racquet club where he balanced a busy career by playing tennis and racquetball with friends and club competitors. He also loved cars and built a beautiful classic car collection that he displayed in his “shop.” Dean and Mary also spent as much time as they could at Priest Lake in northern Idaho, where they shared a cabin with friends and family for the last 30 years. They retired in the Coeur d’Alene, ID area in 2004. 

   Dean passed away at home on November 12th.  He is preceded in death by his parents, infant sister Marie and brother Dale. He is survived by his wife Mary, daughters Marney Zellers and Mandee Vigesaa, sons Darren and Mitchell as well as six grandchildren.

  In lieu of flowers please honor Dean and his wife Mary, who suffers from late stage Alzheimer’s by donating to the Alzheimer’s Association.

-The Greeno Family