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James William Dean

Raleigh, North Carolina

May 2, 1940 – Nov 13, 2017 (Age 77)

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I illustrated many of Jim's columns and feature stories over the last 40 years. We had just talked in October about reprinting them online and were looking forward to a visit to the Player's Retreat to relax and catch up. Stunned is all I can say in that I only learned of this last week. Whenever we talked on the phone it was always friend to friend and never editor to cartoonist. He gave me complete freedom to visually interpret his writing and had confidence I would capture the essence....

Jim Deans friendship is a gift I will always cherish.

He was one of a kind a man of boundless talent. He was a keen observer of the world around him, with the curiosity of a four year old. In his last back page article, he describes taking his lunch hour to watch a hive of honey bees come and go. He marvels at the bees social instincts and ability to communicate. Thats classic Jim Dean.

On the subject of classics when Jim and I first met, he drove an original, sixties...

I found of Jim's death from the Jan-Feb issue of Wildlife Magazine. I'll miss Jim, once or twice a year I'd call him about some wildlife subject, where he might find another antique lure or some such trivia. I'd been working for the Commission 12 years when Jim went to work. He had my kind of wit and i enjoyed his company occasionally as our paths crossed. I always went to his article when the magazine came. Rest in Peace, Jim.

I just heard of Jim's passing today from a friend at Church. I grew up in Edgemont NC . He was one of the fine outdoorsmen that I was privileged to grow up around. As a young man it was neat to see some of our fishing adventures and outdoor gatherings worked into stories. He had a way of taking everyday occurences and making you realize how special they were. Thank you Jim. God Speed !!!

To Jim's family--
I only today, long after the fact, learned of Jim's passing. I've read the tributes to him and it's obvious he touched many lives. My connection with him was a bit different from most who have shared fond remembrances.
When I was first beginning as a writer he accepted a lot of my material, offered meaningful encouragement, was in effect a sort of literary mentor, and was always gracious.
I had written a number of pieces for him before we me, but he was...

Jimmy Dean was an good man, he always was supportive in communications and a great poker player in the triangle area
RIP god is your father now and I know your watching us overhead at the venues
Ken DePlanche Jr, Richlands now, was in Durham NC for 21 yrs

Exceptional person - loss of a creative force, conservationist, great friend and Co- worker.

Jim Dean was a true North Carolina treasure. You just felt special being in his presence. He had a nack of just quietly showing up. Like the time my sons and I were fishing in Alaska and taking a break at a wildlife exhibit when I get a tap on my shoulder and sure enough it was Jim! He also taught me the " dabble" , never overlooking the smallest detail of pocket water. He just seemed to appreciate the smallest details of life.
A good man gone too soon. Kirby Kilpatrick

Jim, will be missed and his legacy will continue through Scott and Susan. All who knew Jim will remember the man who set an example of how to live your life with dignity and few regrets.


James's Obituaries

James William Dean, 77, died peacefully on November 13, 2017 at his home in Raleigh, N.C. He was born May 2, 1940 in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., the son of Margaret Geneva Brown Dean and William Graham Dean, and lived most of his early life in Roanoke Rapids and Woodland, NC. This time, spent with...

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