With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Ronald "Dean" Quick on Sunday, January 31, 2021, at the age of 84. Known by Dean to all, Dean was born in Dove Creek, Colorado, on May 31, 1936, and was the youngest son to Richard and Pauline Quick. The family moved to San Pedro when Dean was a baby. Dean attended Barton Hill Elementary, Dana Jr. High, and graduated from San Pedro High School in S'1955.
After high school, Dean joined the Navy Reserve and, upon return, obtained his Barber's License and opened Dean's Barber Shop. Dean was a master in his field and became the barber for many of the L.A. Dodgers. In addition to the Barber Shop, Dean managed the family business with his parents and brother, Ye Olde Hobby Nobby Coffee Shoppe. Although his chosen career was to be a barber, his calling was to Protect and to Serve. Dean joined the LAPD as a Reserve Police Officer and was the first reserve officer in LAPD history to receive the Medal of Valor for heroic action while on duty. Upon retirement, Dean stayed active, working as a security guard for Maersk. He loved his final career move protecting others and being with friends who treated him like family.
Dean also had many passions in life, with the first being golf. Every summer, for over 60 years, Dean matched this passion for golf with his pension for helping others by organizing an annual golf tournament on Catalina Island to raise funds for the island's high school sports programs. His second passion was a nice clean car. At the age of 16, Dean started to accumulate trophies for having the cleanest and sharpest-looking cars in town. His cars, paired with his clothes, and ever-present cologne, earned him the nickname "Dapper Dean." His third passion was softball. Dean coached at San Pedro High School and was inducted into the School's Walk of Fame. However, his greatest passion and what made him most happy were sweet treats (traditional family cinnamon rolls), popcorn, and his love for his family.
In his career, Dean joined many professional organizations to give back to the community he loved. He was a member of the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, San Pedro Rotary Club, served on committees to support the Boys Club of San Pedro (now Boys and Girls Club), and is past Exalted Ruler of the Elks Club. He was generous with his time, volunteering at hospitals and care facilities to provide haircuts for patients.
Dean is preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Pauline, and his brother, Gary. He is survived by his wife, Louise, and daughter Amy (Adam); his ex-wife Deanna, and their children, Ronnie (Carole) and Raime; four grandchildren: Joshua Chapin, Nicholas (Sandy), Vincent (Valarie), and Austin (Olivia) Quick, and one great-grandson, Mayson. He also leaves behind his beloved cousins, Mitch Allred and Alma Kimura, and their families.
Graveside services will be held at Green Hills Memorial Park on Saturday, February 27, at 11:00 a.m. Masks and social distancing required. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Dean's memory to the Boys and Girls Club of the L.A. Harbor or Trinity Lutheran Church in San Pedro.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date when it is safe to gather.
Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Feb. 25, 2021.