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Preston Allen "Pap"

Dean, Jr.

COLFAX, LA - Preston Allen "Pap" Dean, Jr., 95, of Colfax, a recent resident of Kingsley Place in Alexandria, died on Monday, August 15, 2011, in Rapides Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. Mr. Dean donated his body to the LSU Medical School in Shreveport. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Mr. Dean was born on August 25, 1915, in Colfax, LA. After finishing Colfax High School, he attended L.S.U., graduating in 1937. He continued his education at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. A veteran of World War II, he retired from the U.S. Army reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was the editorial cartoonist for the Shreveport Times, retiring in 1979. Mr. Dean was one of the original inductees in the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame at Winnfield. He is also the author and illustrator of a number of books including Historic Natchitoches, Beauty of the Cane; Louisiana, A Political History in Cartoon and Narrative; Central Louisiana Historical Homesteads and the Families Who Touched Them; and Colfax: Its Place in Louisiana. His involvement in community and professional organizations was extensive. He was a member of the Colfax United Methodist Church, the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists, the Boy Scouts of America, River Oaks Square Arts Center, Grant Parish Arts Council, LSU Alumni Association, the American Legion, The Grand Lodge of Louisiana F.& A.M.,and The 30th Infantry Old Hickory Division. Preceding him in death were his parents Preston A. Dean,Sr. and Addie Swafford Dean; his sister Miriam Dean Nugent; his brother Eddie Frank Dean; wives Doris Moore Dean and Jimmie S. Dean; great-grandson Collin Sharpe Cameron, and step-son-in-law, David Smith.

He is survived by his sons, David A. Dean (Ingeborg) of Portland, Or. and John C. Dean of Marietta, GA; daughter Barbara D. Cameron (George) of Lake Charles; grandchildren Dean Cameron (Jolie) of LaQuinta, CA.; Robert S. Cameron (Suzanne) and Kelley C. Fontenot (Tommy) of Lake Charles and Miriam Dean (Alex Racho) of Portland, OR. He is also survived by the family of his wife Jimmie S. Dean: children, Bascom W. Smith (Mary Jo) and James M. Smith of Colfax; Emily S. Smith of Mobile, AL; and Peggy Smith of Pineville; and grandchildren Trey Tuminello (Amy) of Northport, AL, Paula S. Mount (Noel) of Mobile, Kacey Smith of Shreveport, Megan Bennight (Ben) of Perkinston, MS,and Jackson Webb Smith of Alexandria, He is survived by 15 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent in his honor to the Colfax United Methodist Church or to the Boy Scouts of America.

Published in Shreveport Times on Aug. 18, 2011
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