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North Powder, Union County, Oregon

John Thomas Dean, 22, of Kennewick, Wash. and a former North Powder resident, died May 27, 2005, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Cabbage Hill.

His funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at North Powder High School. Interment will be at the Haines Cemetery.

John was born Feb. 25, 1983, to Jerry and Eydie Dean. He attended grade school in Imbler and Ketchikan, Alaska. He moved to North Powder during his seventh-grade year and he graduated from Powder Valley High School.

While attending high school, he played football and was an active member of FFA. He began his pipefitter apprenticeship at Pasco, Wash., with Plumbers and Steamfitters Local #598 in the fall of 2004.

He was extremely mechanical, had a quiet but quick wit and always brought out the best in those around him. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved farming, fishing, hunting, camping, water sports, snowmobiling and motorcycles.

John was a loving son and brother, a caring and considerate companion and a true friend to those he cared about. His quiet nature often hid his love for pushing life to its fullest and he could not live his life just standing outside the fire. John was seldom considered a mere acquaintance, but always a friend. He will be loved, missed and always remembered by those he touched during his full but short life.

Survivors include his parents, Jerry and Eydie Dean of Pasco, Wash.; a brother, Levi C. Dean of Kennewick, Wash.; fiancee, Kaela Curtis of Baker City; his fiancee’s parents, Dale and Joyce Curtis of Baker City; grandparents, Gene and Nicki Hiner of North Powder and Jesse and Ruth Hall of Grandview, Wash.; great-grandparents, George and Ruth Deal of North Powder; uncles, Joe and Jeff Dean, Diehl Hiner, Doug Forman and Kenny Brickey; aunts, Joan Brickey, Jessica Hiner, Deana Forman, Lori El-Hajj and Karen Dean; cousins, Angel Flieger, Teak Brickey, Janette McGinness, Cody, Ryan, Kiley, Patrick and J.J. Dean, Tyson Hiner, Justin and Colby Forman and Tiffany Carlson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the John Dean North Powder High School Football Memorial Fund and can be sent to Gene Hiner, P.O. Box 109, North Powder, OR 97867.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, June 3, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor

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