Dean L. Thorne

August 22, 1935March 31, 2018

Dean Leroy Thorne was born in Hood River, Ore. to parents, Earl and Una Thorne. Dean served in the United States Navy for eight years as a Seabee during the Korean War conflict. In October 1967, Dean exchanged wedding vows with Joan Zimmerman. The couple enjoyed over 50 years of happiness together. Dean worked as a steel worker for 37 years, and retired from Schnitzer Steel. He also spent a short time as a technician for NASCAR and OARA. He loved racing, and took every opportunity he could to enjoy it. Dean was also a HAM radio operator, Handle KB7KZV, and was good at building power and communication parts for these and CB radios. Dean passed away in Portland. A graveside service with military honors will be held in Willamette National Cemetery. Dean is survived by his loving wife, Joan; son, Randy; and brother, Terry.


  • Joan M. Thorne, Spouse
  • Randy Thorne, Son
  • Terry T. Thorne, Brother


  • Graveside with Military Honors Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Dean L. Thorne

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Darrell Klein

April 12, 2018

I could tell Dean was special when he and some of his friends walked into the Ham Radio class I taught at the college in the early 1980’s. I immediately noticed that “old school look you in the eye when he spoke” attribute which told me he was genuine and we were friends from then on. Not many people have the gifts Dean had. He had many but the ability to communicate and instill motivation in others he was very good at. My most cherished memories where enjoying our mutual radio hobby together and after he retired he would talk to me on the radio during my commute to work just about every day until he could no longer do it. I will miss my friend for sure.

Darrell Klein

Lyle Dugger

April 11, 2018

Joan; We've been friends forever and this has been a long and hard road you and Dean's family have
been through. I'll always cherish his friendship since the 1950's when he and my brother Cecil ran around together and since MY wife and I joined the Moose in 2000 and ran around with don and Noreen Rowe and we reconnected. My heart is heavy for you and family as Dean was a really nice guy and good friend and I will miss him a lot. If I can do anything let me know. Love your friend Lyle Dugger

Harry and Blondie (Tracy) Norman

April 7, 2018

Joann and family,
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Sending many hugs and prayers!

Love Harry and Blondie

mike and kathy stewart

April 5, 2018

dear sister our deepest sympathy on your loss dean was a fine gentleman and great friend he will be missed by mike and kathy