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Henry Dean White


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Henry Dean White
Mar. 16, 1947 - July 12, 2014
San Bruno
Henry Dean White unexpectedly lost his battle with cancer in the early morning hours of Saturday, July 12th. He was at home with his loving wife of 45 years by his side.
Born in Washington, DC, he was adopted as an infant by Gordon and Mary Virginia White. He spent his early life moving around the United States and Guam with his family and career Navy father before eventually landing in Redwood City. His teenage years focused on playing music and being actively involved in Redwood City DeMolay Chapter 1203 where he earned DeMolays' highest honor, Chevalier. DeMolay is where he met his high school sweetheart and future wife, Carol Franson.
Upon graduation from Woodside High School, Henry received his Bachelor's degree in education from San Francisco State University. His plan to use his degree to share his appreciation of history with high school students ended up taking a back seat to his true passion-music. As part owner of a music store, he was able to share his musical gift with students and fans alike. However, a growing family led him to pursue a different career path and thus his foray into the corporate world began. His management beginnings were with Pacific Bell before moving into the tech industry. Henry's final position with Cisco Systems in San Jose highlighted his gentle, kind and caring disposition. He was revered for his inspirational leadership style and will be missed by the numerous co-workers he professionally and personally mentored.
An accomplished musician, Henry rocked the guitar. He began lessons at age eight and was performing in competitions shortly thereafter. He could play several instruments including accordion, French horn (for the Woodside High School marching band), and steel guitar. As a teenager, he and his friends began a band, The Tangents, who graced the stage at many a high school and youth group event. In the early 70's, he wrote songs for and was a member of the local music scene with Baggins Band.
Ever the dedicated family man, Henry actively participated in his children's activities. The youth organization most near and dear to his heart was the Boy Scouts of America. As a past Boy Scout, he was thrilled to enroll his sons in San Bruno Troop 72. With the troop, they backpacked, river rafted, bicycled, and horse packed throughout the state. Henry set an example of patience, selflessness and tenacity while serving as Assistant, then Scout Master for over 20 years. He truly lived the motto, "Do unto others…"
Henry's legacy lives on in his family: spouse, partner and best friend of 45 years, Carol; son Chase, daughter in law Kelly and granddaughter Makena; son Darin and granddaughter Natalie; and daughter Laura.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate Henry's life on Aug 10, from 11 am to 3 pm at the South San Francisco Elks Lodge, 920 Stonegate Dr.
Donations in Henry's memory may be made to San Bruno Troop 72 via Carol White.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Aug. 6, 2014
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