Douglas Earl Dean Jr.
May 17, 1957 – February 6, 2020
Douglas Earl Dean, Jr., age 62, of DeBeque, passed away on February 6, 2020, at HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction, CO.
Earl was born in Grand Junction, CO on May 17, 1957. He was the son of Douglas (Patricia) Dean, and Betty Batchelor. He graduated from Moffat County High School in 1975. Earl married his wife of 39 years, Chris (Bowen), on February 6, 1981. They had two daughters.
Earl spent many years working as a ranch hand, and for Unocal. He was most recently employed by Mesa County for 20 years. He was the DeBeque District Manager for the Mesa County Road Department.
Earl enjoyed farming, ranching, helping the local 4-H youth, riding horses, fishing, hunting, and spending time with family. In his younger years, he participated in the bull riding and bareback events at local rodeos. He was a long-time fan of the Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies, and also enjoyed watching rodeos. Earl especially enjoyed helping his daughters with their many horse and 4-H animal projects. He also liked spoiling his grandsons, Jaden, and Landon.
Earl is survived by his parents, Doug and Patricia Dean; wife, Chris Dean; daughters, Jamie (David) Snodgrass and Stacey Dean; sisters, Letha (Rex) Nye, Cheryl (Randy) Martens, Donna (Jim) Farley, and brother, Wayne (Terri) King; grandsons, Jaden, and Landon Snodgrass; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Betty Batchelor; brother, Craig Dean, numerous grandparents, aunts, and uncles.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, February 13, 2020, 1:00 p.m. at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary, 2515 Patterson Road, Grand Junction. Memorial contributions may be made in Earl's name to HopeWest Hospice, 3090B North 12 Street, Grand Junction, CO 81506.
- Memorial Service Thursday, February 13, 2020