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Dean, Donald Edwin 1926-1998

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Pacific Grove Beacon, CA July 24, 1998
Donald Edwin Dean, 60, died of cancer on July 12, 1998, at the Beverley Health Care Center. Don grew up and attended Pacific Grove schools, graduating from high school in 1945. He was drafted right into the army and trained at Camp Roberts and Fort Ord. As he started up the troopship Paratroosa APA 191 gangplank in August of 1945 toward the invasion of Japan, the news boys were selling papers that day about an “Atomic Bob destroys Hiroshima.” It was August 7, 1945. Following World War II, he graduated from Hartnell College and San Jose State College as a Mechanical engineer and Musician. The majority of his work career was in the Los Angeles, San Pedro area. He designed and built many different machines, from a high speed printing press for Life Magazine to hot metal forming presses used to construct airplane wings. He held several patents on machines he designed as well as a Secret Security Clearance. A lifelong musician playing the trombone, he often performed with the Stewart Family in the opening heralding of the Carmel Bach Festival. He formed his own Big Band of 20-plus players and worked the dance and entertainment circuits of Southern California for decades. He had been a guest artist with notables such as Stan Kenton’s Band. A serious interest in photography led to a professional side career and his photo collection includes over 5,000 photographs of jazz musicians in the era of the late 1940’s to date. His photos have been published the world over. An active sailing enthusiast, from the days when he rowed the Sprague Glass Bottom Boats at the Pacific Grove Beach, he helped form several Yacht Clubs in Southern California. He was also an occasional contributing writer to The Beacon. Following retirement, Mr. Dean returned to the Pacific Grove family home and had been busy as a Docent for the Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers.

DEAN DONALD EDWIN 1926 02 13 ERNST MALE CA MONTEREY 1998 07 12 563268819 72
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