Donald Blair Dean passed away at home surrounded by family on Thursday, November 1, 2012, after a brief convalescence. Don Dean was born and raised in Wooster, OH to Forest William and Vernon Lee Stone Dean. Don was drafted into the US Army
military service in 1945, where he was a member of the 2771st Engineer-based Reproduction Company on Manila Philippine Islands and served as Section Chief, a photo lithographer and bugler. Don returned to the states to attend Valparaiso University in Indiana where he received his BA, honors as a football player, and met his wife Mary Jane Pohlman. Don believed his time at Valparaiso to be a major turning point in his life. He and Mary Jane continue to be loyal supporters of Valparaiso University. Don received his Medical Degree from Ohio State University
, and was Assistant Team Doc for the Buckeye Football team under Woody Hayes. After obtaining his medical degree, Don did his internship at Meyer Memorial Hospital in Buffalo NY, and psychiatric residency and training in both general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry through Langley Porter clinic at the University of California, San Francisco. Post clinical training, Don and his family returned to the Buffalo area where he worked at the Psychiatric Clinic in Buffalo, NY. After enduring a frigid Buffalo winter, Don was drawn back to California where he worked as an Assistant Director at Sonoma State Hospital and later became Medical Director. Don devoted his career to helping others. Through his patient guidance of friends, family and professional support he impacted countless lives. In addition to a psychiatric private practice, Don worked for the State of California for over 45 years - at Sonoma Developmental Center and Metropolitan State Hospital as Medical Director, and Lanterman Developmental Center, as both Chief of Professional Education and Medical Director. After retirement from state service, Don continued his work as a locum tenens psychiatrist traveling throughout the nation, including working locally with the Veterans Administration providing psychiatric services. He continued to be active in locum tenens, psychiatric consulting and held his board licensure for multiple states at the time of his death. Don brought his young family to California in the 1950's and established new roots, enjoying the Northern California climate and ambiance. He enjoyed a large circle of friends from academic, professional and personal adventures, and was known as "Dr. Don" or "Uncle Don" to many. In addition to being a lover of music, an avid sports fan, and his passion for lifelong learning, Don was a loyal friend and gentle soul who completely loved life and felt pure joy in the company of his friends and family. Above all, Don had a strong spiritual faith, which sustained him throughout life and continues on in his family. Don was preceded in death by brothers, Forest William Dean, Jr, Hal Stone Dean, and grandson, Charles Spencer Dean. Don is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Pohlman Dean, sons Peter Dean and wife Debbie, Andrew Dean and wife Dawn, both of Santa Rosa, daughter Julie Carolan and husband, Richard of Petaluma; and loving grandchildren, Gunnar and Jenn Dean, Terence Martin (Brittani), and Selena Dean (Danny), all of Santa Rosa, and youngest grandchild, Maggie Carolan of Petaluma, as well as grandson's-in-heart and their wives, Theeus and Danna, and Taram and Cindy Devitt-Carolan, and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial services are scheduled for Saturday, November 10, 2012, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 905 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA. Reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Heartland Hospice 2455 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95405 or Saint Luke Lutheran School, 905 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401.