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Mr. Richard Dean

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The Seattle Times
February 4, 2003
Page B2, Column 5

Richard "Dick" Dean

May 13, 1920 - February 2, 2003

Richard Dean died peacefully at Swedish Hospital with his loving wife of 58 years and his three children at his side.

Born in Seattle, Dick spent his childhood in Portland where he proudly attended Grant Elementary. His family returned to Seattle and Dick attended Franklin and then, Broadway High Schools, serving as Student Body President at the latter. Dick enrolled at the University of Washington, where he pledged Beta Theta Pi fraternity, belonged to Compass Chart, and worked as a basketball manager under Hec Edmondson. When World War II came, Dick joined the Navy, serving in the Aleutian Islands. Mr. Dean was a contract negotiator for Boeing for 25 years.

Following retirement, he enrolled and graduated from Seattle University's Drug and Alcohol Counseling Program. He worked compassionately and effectively in this field for over ten years, saving many lives. Dick had many lifelong interests, including Scouting (he attained the rank of Eagle Scout), golfing, Husky fan (he was a 50 year season ticket holder), avid reader and library volunteer where he worked to establish the North East Friends of the Library. He enjoyed his memberships at the Sand Point Community Church, Seattle Athletic Club and Evergreen Investors.

His many relatives and friends will remember Dick as family-oriented, a life-long learner, humorist, friend and mentor to many and grower of great tomatoes! His family includes his wife, Marnie McCallum Dean; his children, Debbie and Coss Cossey, Megan Dean and Jeff and Robin Dean; four grandchildren, Wayland and Kori Cossey, Cameron and Jackson Dean.

Dick's life will be celebrated at a Memorial Service on Friday, February 7th at 1PM at the Sand Point United Methodist Church (4710 Northeast 70th, Seattle). In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the North East Branch of Friends of the Seattle Public Library.


Generously contributed by: Sheila Simpson