|Birth: ||Apr. 10, 1931|
|Death: ||Nov. 3, 2005|
Anchorage Daily News November 9, 2005
Palmer resident John Reay Dean, 74, died Nov. 3, 2005, at home after a long battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. A celebration of life was held at First Congregational Church in Anchorage. His cremains were buried at Fort Richardson National Cemetery.
Mr. Dean was born April 10, 1931, in Huntington Beach, Calif., to John and Mable (Begole) Dean. He served in the Navy from 1951-1954 and was honorably discharged. He used the G.I. Bill and graduated from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif., with a degree in mechanical engineering. He found his niche in the construction field. He moved to Anchorage in 1972. He first worked as a vice president for Anchorage Sand and Gravel, where he led the engineering, layout and design of the gravel mine and rail terminal in Palmer. Later he went into business for himself and opened the Anchorage Regional Composting Facility at Point Woronzof. Next he designed, built and operated the glass recycling plant at the same site. He had served as president of Airport Heights Community Council, moderator of First Congregational Church and president of Eastridge Condo Association, and he was active in getting more recycling for Anchorage. He was proud to receive ALPAR's Outstanding Business Recycler for 1995 and the ALPAR Board of Directors Award in 1999. Mr. Dean and his wife moved to Mount Rose Estates in Palmer when they both retired. There he was active on the landscape committee. He enjoyed spending time with his (family) and friends, being an "idea man," recycling, fixing things, flying, fishing, skiing, reading, his computer and his dogs. His wife said that he was a good husband and her best friend. He could make her laugh even in the bad times. He believed if you were going to do any job, you should put your whole heart into it.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Bonnie Lyons Dean; daughter, Mary Dean; son and daughter-in-law, Tad and Dorrie Smith Dean; grandchildren, Alta and Jedediah Dean; uncle, George Reay; and many cousins. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to Hospice of Mat-Su, 3051 E. Palmer-Wasilla Highway, Wasilla, 99654-7234. Arrangements are with Valley Funeral Home.
Fort Richardson National Cemetery
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