Brown Mortuary Service

299 North Market Blvd, Chehalis, WA


Dean Loren Dahlin

July 2, 1951September 22, 2019

Dean Loren Dahlin, 68, of Chehalis, Wash., passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, September 22, 2019, after a brief illness. Dean was born in Centralia, Wash., on July 2, 1951, to Larry Dale and Betty Mae (Faver) Dahlin.

He grew up in Chehalis, and graduated from W.F. West High School in 1969.

He married his best friend and love of his life, Nicky (Hodge) Dahlin, on June 13, 2004, in Chehalis. The couple recently celebrated their 15th anniversary.

Dean was a locomotive engineer with Union Pacific for 42 years. He was also an important part of Washington Operation Lifesaver, an organization focusing on preventing or reducing fatalities and injuries at railroad crossings and property for 25 years. He served first as a volunteer, and later, as Chair of the Executive Committee. He was Lewis County PUD Commissioner for District #2 for 7 years, and was past president of the Washington Public Utility District (WPUDA) from 2018- 2019. Dean was well known in the community, but was perhaps best known as the iconic and loveable ‘Weatherman Dean’ on KELA and KMNT. Dean loved the weather in all of its forms, and read all that he could about it, starting as a second grade student at Cascade Elementary School. For 35 years, listeners were entertained by his forecasts, which were sometimes called in from home, and were often sprinkled with ‘dean-isms’ like ‘hotter than a depot stove,’ or ‘hotter than a pistol packin’ mama!’ Several years back, a song was written about him titled ‘Weatherman Dean,’ that sold 3,000 copies and was on Sight and Sound’s Top 40 list for a time.

Dean loved to travel and spend time with his beloved family and his dogs. He enjoyed watching baseball and wrestling, NHRA drag racing, and NASCAR. He loved going fishing and agate hunting, as well as gardening and growing roses. Dean belonged to a local dice group that met on weekdays over coffee.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents, Larry and Betty; and a cousin, Gary Dahlin. He is loved and missed dearly by his wife, Nicky; children, Jason D. Dahlin and Amber D. (Brice) Anderson; grandchildren, Makenna M. and Makinley M. Dahlin; brother, Dale A. Dahlin; nieces, Crystal (Kasey) O’Reilly, Skyler Hodge McCreary, and Carlee Hodge; nephew Nathan (Sarah) Dahlin; cousins, Warren Dahlin and Sherry Chartrey; parents in law, Bill and Janet Hodge; siblings in law, Neil and Belinda Hodge; and many other extended family members.

Interment will be private at Claquato Cemetery in Chehalis. A celebration of Dean’s life will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, October 12, at WF West High School, 342 SW 16th Street in Chehalis. A reception will follow the service in the school’s Commons.

It should be noted that services are being held on the 57th anniversary of the great Columbus Day Storm that saw winds in excess of 179 mph, and so impressed an 11 year old Dean, that he spoke about its impact on his future career. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, PO Box 1245, Albert Lea, MN, 56007


  • Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, October 12, 2019


Dean Loren Dahlin

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Tim Sheldon

October 12, 2019

I was fortunate to have known Dean and his wonderful wife Nikki. I always enjoyed Dean‘s sense of humor and appreciation of history. He enjoyed making such a positive contribution to his community. His leadership will be greatly missed.

Liz Green

October 11, 2019

I met Dean through his PUD work and liked him from the moment I met him. I remember going home and telling my husband Ron about Dean and how I thought he would really like him - he did. We got to know Nicky as well and recognized a great couple who loved, laughed, and really enjoyed being with each other. We always looked forward to seeing them.
Dean's commitment to his role as a commissioner was incredible. He was always concerned about impacts to ratepayers whether it was local decisions or legislative actions that affected the utility.
Ron and I extend our thoughts and prayers to Nicky, Jason, Amber and the Dahlin Family. Thanks for sharing Dean with us.
I will miss him - he made me laugh!

Michael Swanson

October 6, 2019

Dean was a Wonderful man, Loving husband & father, Passionate weatherman and a PUD Commisoner friend! We will be missed.

George & Liz Pearce

October 5, 2019

Dean will forever be remembered in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. Our love and prayers are with you.

Cathy (Marlton) Batchelor

October 4, 2019

Dean was my first boyfriend and back then we exchanged medallions that had our names on them. We met in 6th grade and he knew the way to my heart by buying me pixie sticks, jolly ranchers and making cinnamon tooth picks for me. We used to dance together in the R. E. Bennett gym during lunch time. He really liked the song North to Alaska along with many other songs that were popular at that time. Through the years, whenever I would see him, he would always have a big smile and had time to tell a story about someone or something that happened in his life. He was always so kind and caring. I will miss Dean but I am grateful I was blessed to have known him. God bless all the Dahlin family.

Sally Rook Kloosterman

October 4, 2019

The Dahlin & Rook families met through the railroad (Larry Dahlin and Marshall Rook). Loved getting to ‘grow up’ with Dean and Dale! Nicest people Ever!
Kind thoughts and heartfelt sympathy for you, the family.

Thomas Cahill

October 4, 2019

All friends attending Deans Celebration of Life are encouraged to wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt.

Gilbert Crumrine

October 4, 2019

I was honored to share the podium with Dean when we were Washington State cross country champions in 1968! Dean and Pat Gage (our captain), great people, gone too soon. RIP Dean.

Judy O'Brien

October 4, 2019

He will be missed by many people he never knew personally but by the many that knew him by his radio personality.

Rebecca Lupkes

September 30, 2019

Living on the hill with such beautiful views of Mt.Ranier and Mt.Saint Helen's. And the beautiful roses Dean grew! Watching Jason and Amber grow up and then came Nicky! It was a joy to visit with you Nicky in my office at KELA,/KMNT and seeing how happy you made Dean. I was blessed to be a part of this wonderful family for a few years and I cherish ever one of them. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.