Jack Dean, a longtime resident of Lake Shastina passed away this past Saturday, June 23 due to natural causes. He leaves behind his wife, Patricia of 58 years; two sons and daughter-in-laws, Bruce and Michelle Dean of Redding and Randall & Cecily Dean of Pacific Palisades.
He was a loving grandfather to Joanna Dean of Redding, Kevin Dean of Boulder, CO, Valerie Dean and Jennifer Dean both of Pacific Palisades, CA. Doting great grandfather to Jaden Dean of Redding. His family also included a group of wonderful step grandchildren in Tracy, Eric, Billy, Andy, Ely, and Shonah.
Jack was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa and moved to Southern California with his parents Red and Ione Dean and his sister Julie in 1942. He attended University High School in Los Angeles and was an outstanding prep athlete specializing in the High Hurdles. He was the All City 70 yd. High Hurdle Champion in 1946. He went on to UCLA where he competed as well and where he graduated in 1952.
In 1953, he married Patricia Joyce Taylor, and went to work for Pabst Brewing Company. In 1958, he joined the Executive Training Program for Carnation Company, and in 1970 he went into the wholesale liquor business where he spent the rest of his working life.
In 1988, he retired and moved to Lake Shastina. He loved the community, he loved the golf, and he loved the people of Lake Shastina. To help out, he served seventeen years as an elected official of the Community Services District. He enjoyed this volunteer work immensely and felt that he had made a positive impact on the Board over that time. He also was a member of the Men’s Golf Club at Lake Shastina and enjoyed the weekly golf games. He was a high handicap golfer, but never gave up trying to get better. Nobody could shank one like he could! He was an avid 49er fan and football addict. Pre-season to Super Bowl, he was glued to the TV every Sunday. He loved the liquor business so he worked for Siskiyou Development Company in Weed for over 20 years doing their liquor buying and merchandising until he finally retired at age 82.
Over the years, Jake had suffered from and conquered a number of health issues, from heart attacks, embolisms, and cancer, he always fought back. We called him the Bionic Man for all the things he had to deal with and survive over his life. We especially want to thank Dr. Harvey Sternberg of Weed, who watched over him for 20 years. Properly diagnosing, referring, and treating him with an unimaginable amount of compassion and concern. Without Dr. Sternberg we would have lost Jack years ago.
The family would like to invite friends and neighbors of his to a celebration of his life to be held at Lake Shastina Community Center, 15244 Driftwood Lane, Lake Shastina at Noon on June 30, 2012.
Private graveside services for family to follow…Thanks to all