OBITUARY

Robert Grant Dean

March 6, 1954November 5, 2020

Grant Dean passed from this life and into the arms of his savior, Jesus Christ on November 5th, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. He leaves behind a host of family and friends who mourn his passing and celebrate the unique, gregarious, hard-working, fun-loving individual Grant was. He was born March 6, 1954 in Beaumont to Sybil and Gerald Dean. After he graduated from Silsbee HS in 1972, he attended Panola Junior College on a baseball scholarship. He transferred to Lamar University in Beaumont, and circumstances eventually led him to Marble Falls where he has made his home and a full life for the past 39 years. Grant established Cactus Construction in 1984. Over the years, the business has continued to evolve and expand due to Grant’s hard work and dedication to his customers. The company has built many custom homes and important structures throughout the Hill Country, including Trinity Episcopal Church where he was a member for 36 years, serving on the vestry and participating in many church functions.

Grant passionately championed many significant causes throughout his lifetime and helped shape the quality of life in Marble Falls and the Hill Country. If he felt there was a wrong to be righted or a need that had not been met, he took action to improve the situation. Grant co-founded and was Vice President of Mission Marble Falls which feeds 35 – 70 citizens three days per week. A committed conservationist, he founded Highland Lakes Clean Air, which became Protect Texas due to the influx of Rock Crushing Quarries throughout the Hill Country. Grant was also an original participant and supporter of the Hill Country 100 Man program. Concerned with bringing more business to the downtown area, Grant co-founded Marble Falls Main Street Association and Marble Falls Adult Soap Box Derby.

In addition to his hard work, Grant still managed to enjoy his many hobbies. He was an avid sporting clay competitor, fisherman, gardener, and live music supporter, even bringing live music to downtown Marble Falls. With all his accomplishments, he always felt that his greatest role in life was as a father to his two boys and grandfather “Cappy” to his three grandchildren, whom he adored. He coached his sons’ youth basketball and baseball teams, supporting their every endeavor, and Grant taught his grandchildren about the love of animals, the wonders of nature, and respect for all people. He was a true and loyal friend whose large personality and quick wit made a lasting impact on so many lives.

Grant is survived by his son, Travis Dean (Beverly); son, Cullen Dean; Travis’s three children, Charlie, Lilly, and Hannah Dean; and his brother, Gary Dean (Renee); as well as beloved uncles, aunts, and cousins. He was pre-deceased by his parents. A special thanks to Laurae Valentine and Maggie McLearen for their loving care and support for Grant and his family.

A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission Marble Falls or charity of donor’s choice.

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Sally Burget

November 14, 2020

Grant lived life at “full throttle”. Pretty sure that is how he would say it. He will be missed by our community, no doubt.

But he has left a beautiful legacy behind with the two sons he raised and must have been so proud of.

My heart and prayers go out to Cullen and Travis and family.

Rest In Peace, Grant.

Sally Burget

Dave and Annie Rowland

November 12, 2020

Grant was always such an energetic and positive spirit. We worked on many projects together, and he will be missed.

May time help your pain to fade, and may loving memories take its place.

Our most sincere condolences,
Dave and Annie Rowland

Mike Coy

November 12, 2020

RIP my Brother!! Great times as ATO’s at Lamar. Know you are loved & will be missed.... MLC

Bryan Hicks

November 12, 2020

I have known Grant Dean for over 30 years. He had a bigger than life personality, an infectious smile, and a laugh like no other I've ever known. He was generous and caring, and I will miss him. Godspeed Grant Dean, you will live on in my memory for the rest of my days.

Kyle Haley

November 11, 2020

I am not entirely sure where to start. I grew up with Travis (and Cullen too!) and I've known Grant my entire life. I have incredible memories with Grant and his family throughout the years, but most notably, as a young adult. He was not just Travis' dad, he was a pal. We shared wonderful times together and we had a lot of fun. I can remember Grant frying turkeys and pork loins and using a katana sword to safely remove or adjust the bird/pig. I mean, a katana sword of all things. Only Grant could pull something like that off. I can remember him coming to my college graduation and stuffing a crisp $50 bill into my coat pocket. A $50 bill, because of course, for Ulysses S. "Grant". I remember joking with him that we could always pretend that "Grant" was on the $100....but he was not biting on that one. I'll never forget Grant but I know that he lives on in some way in all of us, but most importantly, in Travis and Cullen. It was such a pleasure to know Grant and I will miss him very much. My family and I send our deepest condolences to the entire Dean family. Grant will be greatly, greatly missed.

Scott Giddings

November 11, 2020

So sorry to hear this news. Grant and I go back to when he moved to Marble Falls. We played softball together, celebrated any occasion and talked business. What he has accomplished, after I moving to Waco in 2004, was impressive. He was the life of the party and will be greatly missed. I pray for his family. Rest in Peace my good friend!

Dusty and LeeAnn Harkins

November 10, 2020

We first knew Grant through the softball community. Great times and memories watching him play with our parents. Then getting to work with him on community projects, then through music, and all the wonderful connections with his family. He has amazing kids and their families are precious. I’m truly sorry for your loss. We are deeply thinking about you in this time of grief.

Steve and Sara Lackey

November 10, 2020

Sara and I were fortunate enough to have met and gotten to know Grant a little over the last three years after moving here to Marble Falls. I always enjoyed hearing a good story from him, especially about things that we shared an interest in...the music of Townes Van Zandt and Willie to name a few. Also some good times were had out on the sporting clays range which was another sport we shared. He was a friend and we will miss him.

Crissy Alderman

November 10, 2020

There are so many stories that could be told about you! There are so many incredible things that you've done! We could all get together and write a book about your life. It would go down in history as the most intriguing book of all time! We are all blessed to have so many spectacular memories of you!

There is also a heart made of pure gold that we will all miss tremendously. Your heart never hated even though it could have at times. It was was full of love, joy, hope and determination. Your heart gave people the push to become better. It always believed in others. We are all blessed that your heart was large enough to be shared with so many!

Your soul was like no other. Simple but complex. Simple because it was pure. Complex because we never knew which generation you were born in! You could easily fit in with any crowd and make them laugh no matter what age! You did it with such ease and grace. We are all blessed to have seen what a genuine soul looks like!

I could go on for days about you and your life, but I will stop with the following four statements.

Thank you for everything. I will always be grateful. I miss you. I love you.

Robert Hirning

November 10, 2020

I have been out of town for a few weeks and just read of Grants passing, it’s hard to express the sadness thats come over me. Grant my friend, we both came to Marble Falls as new businessmen at the same time, 20 something years ago. We met and became friends friends right away, sharing stories about our family’s. You had a good run Grant, I’ll try not to mourn your death but celebrate your life my friend. My heart goes out to Grants family, may God give them strength.

FROM THE FAMILY

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