Dean F. Tirador (1931 - 2018)

  • "Dean is very much loved, and missed, and in our thoughts..."
    - Mary Alice Staggs
  • "To the family you are not alone during this time of sorrow..."
  • - Toni
  • "My prayers are with the family and friends; Dr. Tirador was..."
    - Marie Allen
  • "My deepest sympathy to the family & friends in the loss..."
    - Becky

Dean F. Tirador, MD, was born November 8, 1931 in Sioux City, Iowa to Hazel and Dr. P.A. (Pat) Tirador. The family lived in several interesting areas of the United States as assigned by the United States Public Health Service.
Dr. Tirador graduated magna cum laude from Marquette University, then summa cum laude from Johns Hopkins University, obtaining his MD and Public Health degrees. Dr. Tirador joined the Public Health Service, achieving the rank of Captain and serving, while still in his twenties, as the first Medical Director at the then-clinic for the Navajo Nation in Chinle, Arizona, and later in northern California, and on Mt. Edgecumbe, Alaska. Beginning in the early 1970s, Dean served with the World Health Organization and was posted to New Delhi, Bangkok, Zurich, and Washington, DC, among other locations, and worked extensively in South America. In a third career, he became the Deputy Commissioner for the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services prior to retiring.
His retirement afforded Dean many opportunities to indulge his passion for travel. His wanderlust took him throughout the world: voyages to the Antarctic and far above the Arctic Circle, educational trips to remote islands such as Madagascar, treks to Australia, Patagonia and the Pantanal in Brazil, and other fascinating locations. Dean never stopped learning and caring about our world.
Sadly, Dr. Tirador passed away early Saturday, January 27, in Seattle. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Martin Tirador, and great, good friend, Dr. George Longenbaugh.
Dean leaves very close friends and their families: Dee Longenbaugh of Juneau, Matt Longenbaugh of Tumwater, Washington, Betsy Longenbaugh of Juneau, Leslie Longenbaugh, also of Juneau, and John Longenbaugh of Portland, Oregon, as well as his beloved Labradoodle, Olaf, and many friends in Washington, Alaska, and throughout the world. He also leaves nieces Mary Alice Staggs of Ramona, California, Katie Epperley of Leavenworth, Washington and Margaret Sternbach of Lakeport, California, and their families.
A memorial mass will be held Friday, Feb. 16, at noon at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 416 Fifth St., in Juneau. A celebration of his life will be scheduled in Juneau later this year.
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Published in The Juneau Empire from Feb. 11 to Mar. 10, 2018