Dean Andrew Wilson

April 24, 1938October 30, 2018

Dean A. Wilson of Whimbrel Circle, Indian Land, SC passed peacefully to heaven on October 30, 2018, at the age of 80.

Born April 24, 1938 in Rhinelander, WI, Dean attended Rhinelander High School, and went on to earn B.S. and M.S. degrees in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin and the University of Arizona. He did further post-graduate studies at the University of Washington.

An avid outdoorsman, Dean loved hiking, fishing, camping, and other activities where he could be out in nature. He dedicated his career to protecting the environment, working for over 30 years at NOAA and the EPA, including heading up Region 10 for a period of time.

Dean spent time living in Boulder, CO, Bellevue, WA, Cary, NC, and Saddlebrooke, AZ before his final residence in Indian Land, SC.

A dedicated and loving husband, father, and grandfather, Dean is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jan, daughter Carla Barrett and son-in-law Gary Wieboldt, son Eric and daughter-in-law Melissa, three grandchildren Morgan, Blake, and Dylan, and his beloved dog Haywire.

A celebration of Dean’s life will be held at the Sun City Carolina Lakes Lakehouse in Indian Land, SC on November 17, 2018 at 4:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Dean can be made to Reasons to Believe ( or the Sierra Club (

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  • Reception Saturday, November 17, 2018

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Ruth Birkhead

December 16, 2018

Hi Jan,
Sorry to hear of Dean's passing. His obituary appeared in the December 20 issue of SaddleBrooke Progress. I hope that his (and your) years in North Carolina were good ones. SaddleBrooke continues to grow and the hiking club is still going strong. I know they miss you.

My sympathies for your loss.

Ruth Birkhead

George Schewe

November 6, 2018

I worked with Dean in Durham, NC at EPA in the late 1970's. Good mentor, good friend, and one of the smartest calm guys I have ever known. I will miss his low level chuckle that was always heartfelt and real.