August 12, 1924—February 11, 2018
At the age of 93, Heiselt (Hi) Dean Turner passed away at the University of Utah Hospital on February 11, 2018, after a short illness. Hi was born on August 12, 1924, to John and Luella (Maud) Turner in Glenn’s Ferry, Idaho. He had four brothers: John, Lee, Donald, and Joseph and one sister, Joy.
Hi attended schools in Utah and all over Nevada before graduating from Wells High School in 1942. From 1943-1945, he served his country by joining the U.S. Army’s 246th C Engineering Battalion in Germany during World War II.
He worked numerous construction jobs in Utah, Idaho and Nevada. While working in Eureka, NV, Hi met Maxine Loudin. In 1948, they were married in Eureka, and he became the father to Jim and Tom.
Hi spent much time leveling ranchers’ meadows and building roads for sheep camps around Elko County and was part of the construction of the Wilson and Bull Run Reservoirs for the Petan Ranch.
For many years Hi was a partner in Ball Construction Co. During this time Heidie, Dennis and Bob were born into the family.
In the early 1960’s, Hi lost an eye when he was fighting fire on a dozer. Even being one-eyed, he still was one of the best finish blade operators and dirt movers.
He continued to live and work in Elko after selling Ball Construction to Boehler Construction and worked there until full retirement when he was over 80. At one point he and Maxine moved to their home in Spring Creek. She passed away in 1996.
Hi was preceded in death by his parents, his five siblings, his wife and son Tom. He is survived by Heidie Ortman (Larry); Dennis: and Bob (Cheryl); and numerous grandkids, great grandkids, nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Elko Basque House on February 17, 2018 at noon.
Private graveside services will be planned at a different time.