James Daniel "Dan" Dean, of Lake Jackson, passed away peacefully at home on August 27, 2017, at the age of 89. He was born in Athens, Texas on May 14, 1928, to Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Dean.
Dan graduated from Athens High School in 1945, and immediately joined the U.S. Navy. He served as an Air Traffic Controller in Corpus Christi, Hawaii and Dallas.
After 6 years in the Navy, Dan enrolled at Texas A&M University, graduating in 1955 with a Mechanical Engineering Degree.
Dan was predeceased by: his son, Jimmy Dean; his parents, Henry and Oatie Dean; his brother, Bill Dean; and his sisters Jean Caldwell, Mary Hanys and Peggy Andress.
Survivors include: his wife, Norma; his daughter, Patricia Dean Bay and husband Walter, Robin Dean Barbree and husband James; 7 grandchildren, Ryan Bay and wife Sarah, Kristin Bay Bedford and husband Willie, Jonathan Bay and wife Christie, Blair Barbree Antoine and husband Johnny, Blake Barbree, Jennifer Kingsriter and husband Barrett, and Dr. Elizabeth Lackey and husband Dillon; great-grandchildren, Christian, Parker, Levi, and Lexi Antoine; Katherine, Brooklyn, and Barrett Kingsriter; and Grace Lackey.
Service will be held at First Baptist Church of Lake Jackson on Tuesday, September 5, at 2 p.m. Additional services are scheduled at Autry's Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 6, in Athens at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Shelby Chapel Cemetery where he will join his parents and siblings.
Published on August 31, 2017