Dean Edwin Saderup

Sanderup1Dean Edwin Saderup, passed away on March 7th 2014. Born July 21st 1933 in Salt Lake City, he moved in 1938 with George and Della Saderup and two brothers Bob and Gary to Ely, NV, where he attended Ely Grade School, and White Pine County High School. As a teenager he apprenticed himself to Wade Taylor the owner of Super Lite & Neon, the only sign making shop in eastern Nevada. After high school he served in the Air Force attaining the rank of staff sergeant. Upon completion of his tour of duty he returned to Ely where he continued working as a sign maker. He married Darath Taylor his beloved wife and worked briefly for the Kennecott Copper Corporation at the Ruth mine. In 1961 he started part time as a dispatcher with the White Pine County Sherriff’s Office, and was promoted to deputy, beginning his career as a law enforcement officer. After many promotions he was elected the Sheriff of White Pine County, Nevada in 1978, where he served until 1982. He was responsible for the apprehension and arrest of several renowned Nevada criminals. After the death of Darath he relocated to Reno NV and continued his career as a gaming control agent with the State Gaming Control Board. He retired from law enforcement in 1993 working for John Ascuagas Nugget and then fully retiring to Fernley NV. In Fernley he lived the remainder of his life enjoying golf, camping, boating, art, woodworking, model-ship building, motorcycle riding, traveling, and quad running. He was active in the communities he lived and was a loving father, grandfather, uncle and friend.

His favorite saying was “Don’t know what to tell ya’ “

Surviving are his sister- in- laws Sharon Saderup, Mabyn Elicegui, Sons; Kevin and wife Leslie, Robin and wife Pam, Randy, and Phillip and wife Leslee, granddaughters; April, Lisa, Valerie, Amy and Lindsey. Grandsons; Trevor, James Dean, Zach, and many nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.

A private memorial service will be held on August 24, 2014 in Ely.



  1. Dennis R Petty says:

    Dean I just want to say good bye. You gave breaks that a young boy needed and advice for me to grow on, You never pounded me with the stiff hand of justice but tendered me with a nurturing guidance that was so much needed. My condolences. Kevin your dad was a giant among men!!!

  2. Glen Saunders says:

    Dean there are no words to express my appreciation for your friendship and guidance. Fair Winds and Following Sea’s my friend.
    Semper Fidelis

  3. michael gamboa says:

    Wow! What a guy. How many people do you know that could do what he did and and pretty much get away with it. And the whole town of Ely just gives him a pass. Small fine for a loaded gun inside of a vehicle. Could make a very good Steven King Movie. What a guy………………….Michael Gamboa

  4. Wow! What a tactless piece of work. How many clueless trolls do you know that would happily spew opinion and post what he did without any pertinent information to inform his crass and inappropriate disposition. And the whole town of Ely is shamed by the lack of respect for a grieving family. Must be plenty of room for a half loaded brain rolling around inside that cranium. That kind of half-baked, cluelessness, attitudinal individual could make a very good character in a Steven King Movie. What a guy, apparently: Michael Gamboa.

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