Dak & Bret-
words can't begin to express how sorry I was to learn of Dean's passing. He played an important part in my professional development.
I first met him through the IAAM and I an thankful for the time he took to answer my many questions and provide me with timely advice. I consider him a gracious professional and a visionary in the industry.
At the IAAM conference the year he was President, I ran into him while he was on the way to his hotel right before an important event. He had a spot on his tie and was going to get another and would be late for the event. I offered my tie so he would not have to rush. At first, he refused because he did not want to inconvenience me. Finally I convinced him by telling a small fib - that I could be late and I could easily return to the hotel and get another of my ties. I didn't have another tie! He must have told that tie story a thousand times!!
Our condolences...May you both find peace...
Steven & Linda Rosenblatt
Dear Dak & Bret -- We were so sorry to hear of Dean's passing. He was a wonderful friend to us from the day we moved into Timberlake. We certainly had some wondeful times together playing golf, our long standing poker group, and his help in building a great County Club. He will be greatly missed throughout the entire Timberlake family. Dak, we look forward to being in touch with you soon.
Lucy and Warren
I worked with him for many years===both professionally and personally==HE was a gentle giant and an ETHICAL standard===to Bret and the Phillips family my genuine sympathy James D Blythe II
Dak and Bret, I am so sorry to learn of of Dean's passing. He and I had some great moments while building the Zoo. He was a great friend and helped me understand the "workings" of Indianapolis. My thoughts are with you.
Dear Dak and family. I'm so sorry to learn about Dean's passing. Who will be the Indianapolis Zoo's historian now? Dean relished the past and cheered on all future endeavors. He will be greatly missed. Kathy Cookerly