Longtime Alaskan and Sterling resident Robert L. "Tex" Dean died peacefully Monday, May 24, 2010 with his friends, caregivers and roommates by his side at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 77.
As per his wishes, no formal services will be held. There will be a gathering of friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel, where those who come may sign the guest book and write a memory and bid him farewell.
Mr. Dean was born Jan. 21, 1933 in Nacogdoches, Texas. While growing up, he enjoyed playing baseball with his brothers and friends, and fishing in City Pond as often as he could. He graduated from Nacogdoches High School in 1950. While in school he was active in the Bi-Chemistry Club, Safety Club, and Sportsman Club. He was also a Junior Historian, a member of the basketball team and band.
After graduating, Mr. Dean joined the U.S. Navy. Due to a degenerative hip disease, he was only able to serve his country with honor for a few years.
He left Nacogdoches in 1958 and traveled to several states before settling in Alaska. He was employed by the Provost Marshall from 1962 until 1977. He received numerous awards from the Dept. of the Army with regard to his superior performance throughout those years. He took great pride in being DAC Chief Coordinator for National Hunting and Fishing Day.
He was a 1,000 hour club member with the 172nd Infantry Brigade of Alaska. Mr. Dean was also given the Federal Employee of the Year Award numerous times throughout his employment.
He owned and operated "Fun Fishing with Tex." His family said that being a professional guide was his true calling, whether on the river, ocean, lake or on a remote hunting and fishing trip. Whichever adventure presented itself, he was knowledgeable, professional and competent with all aspects of the activity. He ensured every client or friend was well cared for. His meticulous planning meant a venture with him would be a valued and cherished memory.
Mr. Dean anxiously awaited his annual trip to Las Vegas for the Texas Hold 'Em Tournaments.
He was an active member of the Elks and American Legion.
"Tex's musical talent lied with the Big Bass Horn. His family fondly remembers Tex getting on his bike and playing the horn for the entire two mile bike ride home," his family said.
"While Tex might not have had blood family here in Alaska, he certainly had 'Family.' His love for life and new adventures took him to places most only dream of. His presence in the world will be greatly missed."
Mr. Dean was preceded in death by his parents, William C. and Lula D. Dean, and his brother James A. Dean.
He is survived a brother, William C. Dean; sister, Mary E. Hammack; and daughters Vickie L. and Theresa A. Dean.
Arrangements are with Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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