Wayne A. Dean of Carson City, Nev., formerly of Delta, died after a lengthy illness on Feb. 13, 2012, at his home. He was 80.
Mr. Dean was born Aug. 27, 1931, in Pueblo, to George and Mildred Dean Sr. He graduated from high school in Lansing, Iowa, in 1949.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1950 as a machinist's mate. He first served on a tugboat, then a minesweeper and then the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10). He was discharged in 1954.
Mr. Dean married Rita Madigan in Raton, N.M. They celebrated 57 years of marriage. She survives.
He worked with his father and brothers in the family electrical business in Arvada. He moved his family to Delta in 1972. He opened Wayne's Drive-In in 1973. He also owned the concession stand at the old racetrack on US 50 and was the city electrical inspector. He sold Wayne's in 1979 and moved to Nevada where he retired as an electrician. He enjoyed restoring classic cars.
Mr. Dean is survived by his wife, Rita of Carson City, Nev.; seven children, David and Kathy of Carson City, Nev., Patrick of Oklahoma City, Okla., Michael, Linda, Donna and Thomas, all of the Denver area; two brothers, George Jr. of Arvada, and Walter of Omaha, Neb.; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held March 3 in Carson City.blog comments powered by Disqus