Russell Dean Lagomarsino
1937 - 2020
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If I can stop one heart
from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
-Emily Dickinson

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, dad, Poppi, uncle, brother and friend to many.  Russell "Dean" Lagomarsino passed away peacefully on July 10, 2020, at Adventist Health Lodi Memorial Hospital, surrounded by family and love. Dean was born on July 9, 1937, in Angels Camp, CA delivered by a midwife to Venus Airola and Russell Lagomarsino. He attended elementary school in a one room schoolhouse and attended Bret Harte High School graduating in 1955.  A natural athlete, Dean participated in many activities including track, baseball, basketball, football, music, club & class officers and Student Body Vice President.  He attended San Jose and Sacramento State receiving his Bachelor of Arts, and eventually a Masters in Counseling. Dean was a teacher, coach and counselor at the California Youth Authority for 32 years, mentoring many young men. He spent his career in service to others. 
Dean married the love of his life, Lenora Billdt, in December of 1970 and would have celebrated 50 years of marriage this year. He enjoyed working in his yard, camping, taking trips to the ocean with family, attending his children's & grandchildren's music and school events, rooting on the San Francisco Giants and 49ers, reading the Bible, coloring, and attending & coaching his children's sports teams. He was an accomplished saxophonist with a dance band for many years. Dean was also a faithful member of St. Paul Lutheran Church serving in many positions. Some of Dean's greatest gifts were counseling, mentoring and listening to those in need of support and encouragement.  Those who knew him, remember his calm presence, kind demeanor and gentle spirit. 
Each grandchild has a special memory of their Poppi.  Abigail's favorite memories include Poppi's gentle hugs, sitting in the back of the car & having conversations while driving from the airport and sharing his rice cakes.  Austin enjoyed watching sporting events, especially the 49ers.  Aria's favorite memories include sitting on his lap & reading books, and calls him her "shooting star".  Ella loved when he would color & draw with her, and she loved reading books to him. Harper's favorite memory of Poppi was pretending to be his doctor and chef with her toys.  
He is survived by his wife, Lennie; his children, Mark (Valerie), Matthew (Kristina), Marji (Russ), Karen (Rob) and Mike (Pamela); his grandchildren, Abigail, Austin, Aria, Ella, Harper, Carly, Kyle, Michael and Kayla; and one great granddaughter, Madelyn.  Dean was preceded in death by both parents, Venus Rossetti and Russell Lagomarsino; his sister, Marlene Collins;  and his grandparents.  
Cherished husband, loving father and admired grandfather, Dean will be remembered for his kindness, love, compassion, faith in God, peaceful presence, loving support and calm strength. He will be missed by loved ones, family, friends and strangers.  We believe he is with his Savior, surrounded in love, joy and the peace of our Lord.
Memorials may be given to St. Paul Lutheran Church or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The family of Dean Lagomarsino wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the doctors and nurses at Adventist Health Lodi Memorial Hospital, Pastor Mark Price and all of our friends and family. 
Collins Family Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.  Due to COVID, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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Published in Lodi-News Sentinel from Jul. 28 to Aug. 4, 2020.
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August 1, 2020
Michael Rodrigues
July 28, 2020
Dean was an honorable men, walking his talk. We were blessed to have called him “friend.”
Well done, faithful servant.
Love Jeanne Pollard and Jay Holmes
Jeanne Pollard
July 28, 2020
I too was born in Angels Camp in 1939 and was cousin of Dean. I always looked up to Dean as a man I was proud to be related to We lived on the same street in Lodi and always bumped into each other either picking up meds or having blood tests. My background was similar to Dean's for which I always idolized him for. I remember playing with Dean in our college days at a dance way up at Mountain Top in Calaveras county. This was a great thing for a town of 50. I always remembered he ran the 100 in 10.3 in high school, another thing I tried to strive for but never made it. We always attended our family Easter picnics for over 75 years. My deepest condolences to the family of Lennie and may my dearest cousin rest in peace.
Lee Taylor
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