1947 - April 29, 2010
David Homer Dean was born May 18, 1947 to Homer T. Dean and Jean Bates Dean in Cody, Wyo. He died April 29, 2010. He was 62.
Dave was raised in the oil field camps in Toe-Creek and Hamilton, and schooled in a two-room country school through the fourth grade.
He and his family moved to Craig at the start of his fifth-grade year. In high school, he played football and wrestled. He was also homecoming and prom king.
After school, he worked at the standard station in Craig. While working at the station, he won the Outstanding Station Attendant Award for Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.
Dave eventually moved to southern California, where he met his first wife, Hilda “Tootie” Hasel on a blind date. They went bowling, played miniature golf and pool, and she beat Dave at all of them. He asked her out again to prove he wasn’t a klutz.
Dave fell very much in love with her and they married a year later. She had two young children, Mark and Vicki, who Dave adopted and loved very much.
In 1970, they moved back to Craig, where Dave taught his children about wildlife, fishing and camping. Dave did many odd jobs as steady work was hard to find.
He drove trucks in the oil fields, was a carpenter and worked for a cement company. Dave went to work for the city of Craig as a building inspector in 1974.
That same year, his son, AJ, was born.
Dave belonged to many organizations.
He was the fire chief at the volunteer fire department, head of the ambulance service and worked on the sheriff’s posse and police reserve. He started the Fourth of July Fireworks Committee, organized the first Mud Run, spook house at the fire department and Visalia Elks Lodge No. 1298.
Dave is listed in the 1982 Book of Outstanding Young Men of America. In 1986, Dave, Tootie and AJ moved to California and he went to work as a plans checker for Tulare County, eventually becoming the county’s chief building official.
His wife, Tootie, had cancer and died in February 1990.
A couple of years later, he met Suzanne, or Sue, his current wife and they enjoyed 18 wonderful years together.
Her two sons, Jason and Brandon, also became very close to Dave.
Dave is survived by his wife, Suzanne; brothers Ted (Elaine), Steve (Suzi), and Rob (Kendra); sisters Inez Hughes and Jeanie (Dennis) Temple; children Mark Dean, AJ (Rico) Dean, Vicki (John) Haddan, Jason Ferguson and Brandon (Kim) Ferguson; grandchildren Zachary Haddan, Justin Haddan, Colby Haddan, Taylor Dean, Sinjin Dean, Logan Dean, Nikki Dean, Ty Dean, Regan Ferguson and Michaela Ferguson.
He is also survived by his constant buddies, Tank and Tillie, his beloved Parti Cockers.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be sent to the Visalia First Assembly Church Building Fund or to Visalia SPCA.
Condolences may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A celebration of life service for Dave took place May 7, 2010 at Salser & Dillard Funeral Chapel, followed by a private burial.