June 1, 1930 – July 19, 2017
We are sad to announce the passing of Pat Dean, who died this past week of natural causes.
Pat grew up in the Los Angeles area. Her parents were Ralph and Cecile Taylor. She graduated from University High in 1948 and UCLA in 1952 with a degree in Art. She taught art in local schools until marrying Jack Dean in August of 1953, whom she met at UCLA.
Pat had two children. Bruce Dean was born in February of 1955 and Randall Dean in June of 1957. She spent her time trying to keep up with these two head-strong sons. In 1961, the family moved to Peoria, Illinois for a short period and settled back in Pleasant Hill, California in 1962. Jack and Pat enjoyed the next 26 years in Pleasant Hill until moving to Lake Shastina in 1988. There they enjoyed the next 23 years before settling in Redding, near their son Bruce, in 2011. Jack passed away in 2012 after 58 years of marriage together, and Pat spent the rest of her life at the Shasta Estates Senior Community. We want to thank the wonderful team at Shasta Estates for their love and support of our mom.
While in Pleasant Hill, Jack and Pat took up their lifetime hobby of golf at the Contra Costa Country Club, where they enjoyed years of playing. They traveled much of the west golfing at various courses, and spent their winters in Ojai golfing and having fun. When they moved to Lake Shastina, they took advantage by building a home a short walk from the golf course. While Jack never mastered the game (never a shot he couldn’t shank!), Pat became a very good golfer over the years, and enjoyed her time with the Ladies Club at Lake Shastina. She played up to nearly her 80th Birthday! Over the years, she had a number of Holes in One!
Another area where Pat really found her place was as an accomplished watercolor artist. She enjoyed painting, and entered her paintings in local contests and shows up until nearly the end of her life. It was interesting to see how her art changed as she grew older, as her paintings became lighter, more vibrant and colorful. She, as recently as May, had put on an art show displaying the many watercolors she had done over the years.
Pat is survived by her sons, Bruce (Michelle) and Randy (Cece). Four grandkids: Joanna, Kevin, Valerie, and Jennifer; great granddaughter, Jaden, and loving step-grandkids, Tracy, Eric, Bill, Andrew, Ely, and Shonah. She was loved and admired by all and by many close friends she developed over the years.
Our family would like to thank Dr. Harvey Sternberg for the years of care provided to Mom while living in Lake Shastina. Dr. Gurpreet Sandhoo in Redding took great care of her in her twilight years. Thanks to Serenity Senior Care Services, their loving owner Lisette and her team of wonderful care givers for the high level of care Pat received during her last days.
A private family gathering will be held at Winema Cemetery in Weed to celebrate her life and join her with her husband, Jack. We want to thank all of her friends over the years for your love, care, and friendship. Girdner Funeral Chapel is assisting the family. Please visit www.girdnerfuneralchapel.com to extend online condolences and messages.