James Dean, 63, passed away Dec. 1, 2021, following a long battle with cancer.
James was born Dec. 28, 1957, in Scranton to Frances Suscavage Dean and James J. Dean. He attended Holy Rosary School and was a 1975 graduate of Scranton Technical High School. James had a passion for art and design. He graduated from the Art Institution of Pittsburgh in 1978.
His passion for art led him to Washington, D.C., where he worked for several design firms. Eventually, he started his own graphic arts business, Creative Partners, handling multiple clients. James had a deep appreciation for the architecture of the nation's capital and was an active member of the Capitol Hill Historic Preservation Society. He served on the society's board and chaired the Capitol Hill House and Garden tour for a number of years. He was a member of the Arts Club of Washington, serving as program chair and treasurer. In later years, James made the transition to real estate, where he specialized in the sale of historic properties in Washington, D.C.
James was a co-owner of a ranch property located near Hill City, South Dakota, and served on the board of the Black Hills Historic Preservation Trust, an organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of historic ranch properties and early mining operation in the Black Hills. James was also a member of the Mount Rushmore Society, a nonprofit organization that shares a mission with the National Park Service to protect and preserve the memorial. James was an active member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, often referred to as the Church of the Senate.
He is survived by his mother, Frances; three sisters, Kathy, Terrie and Carol; two nephews and a grand-niece; and his longtime friend and caregiver, Charles Fritzel.
A memorial service is planned for a later date.