|Birth: ||Apr. 14, 1925|
|Death: ||May 1, 2012|
Los Angeles County
Francis Dean Berry, MD, professionally known as F. Dean Berry "Dean," passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at age 87 at his home in Los Angeles, California.
Dean was born on April 13, 1925, (according to his mother) or April 14, 1925 (as documented by his birth certificate). It was always debatable. He was born in Holbrook, Arizona to Herbert and May Berry. His siblings, now deceased, are Effie, Marie, Kay, Lee, Norma, and Helen.
Dean was a graduate of Holbrook High School being one of thirty-three graduates. He joined the U. S. Navy during WWII, and served on the Pacific Front. After being released from the Navy on March 29, 1946, he served a three year mission for Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) in Denmark. Dean attended the University of Southern California where he earned his medical degree. He went on to specialize in Ophthalmology.
Dean moved to Fresno where he helped establish the Vision Care Center, now known as Eye-Q Vision Center. On hiatus from Vision Care Center he practiced ophthalmology in Saudi Arabia at the King Faisal Hospital for three years. He returned to continue his practice in Fresno until his retirement.
Dean was a great lover of adventure and travel and enjoyed learning more about the people and cultures of the countries he visited. During his retirement, he devoted his time to his writing and his novel "At Peril in Riyadh" has recently been published. Dean was a devoted husband, father, and friend. We will forever miss his wisdom, intellect, wit, and gentle kindness, while our memories of him with his hands clasped behind his back as he walked, his mutterings of "yes!" when he accomplished challenging tasks, and him playing "feesty, fousty" with us, will be happy ones. He was a great example of courage and determination in the face of his many physical challenges. But most importantly, we - his wife, children, step-children, grandchildren, and step-grandchildren -- will miss the endless love he gave each of us so freely. Dean wrote this a short time ago. "A piece of advice for my children: Make fun out of whatever befalls you. A piece of advice for my grandchildren: If you are working for minimum wage and feel underpaid in your job, you owe it to your employer to give him your best, as if you were being paid a thousand dollars an hour. Remember your roots but fly using your own wings. The Gospel is true."
Dean is survived by his wife, Beverly Shaw; his six children and their spouses, Anna Marie Wood and Bruce, Jonathan Joseph Berry and Lily, Karen Mitterling Johnson and Carl, Matthew Dean Berry and Juana, Mark Stricker Berry and Lynne, and Brent Lee Berry and Laurlyn; three step-children, Larry Shaw and Amy, Lynda Mansson and Gary, and Michelle Hettinger and Kyle; 31 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
A Service will be held at the LDS Chapel, 10740 Ohio Avenue, Los Angeles, California, 90024 on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at 1:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to Autism Speaks.
Published in the Fresno Bee from May 18 to May 19, 2012
Herbert Alonzo Berry (1884 - 1971)
Anna May Whiting Berry (1884 - 1955)
Effie Nan Berry Ellsworth (1906 - 1948)*
Maree Berry Hamblin (1908 - 1989)*
Alonzo Kay Berry (1910 - 1985)*
Herbert Lee Berry (1912 - 1997)*
Norma Berry Fife (1917 - 1960)*
Helen Lucille Berry Andelin (1920 - 2009)*
Francis Dean Berry (1925 - 2012)
Park City Cemetery
Plot: Block 155, lot 1, plot 24 (or 2A)
Maintained by: Steven Berry
Originally Created by: Lynn Ellsworth
Record added: Jun 23, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92443891