Paul Dean was born in Quemado, N.M., on May 1, 1937. He passed away on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at his Cortez residence. Paul grew up on many homesteads in the West. He was the third child and second son born to Walker Elmer Dean and Marganie Mae (Calder).
Paul was a gentle soul, and with wisdom taught his children and friends the meaning of love. He he taught us to be strong yet be forgiving and to love with everything and give with your all. He was an amazing man and dad. Paul was an avid book reader, hunter, fisherman, camper and loved riding his four-wheeler in the mountains. Later in life one of his favorite past times would be when his grandsons would call him up and tell him to load up the four-wheeler and come help them get their last kill off the mountain. Paul instilled in his children and grandchildren his love for the mountains.
Paul was married to Jeanette (Dunn) for 56 years. They had four children, Debra Baker (Doug), Sharon Higgins (Jimmy), Daniel Dean (Yvonne), Paula Sender (Reuben); 16 grandchildren, Paul, Gary, Bill, Brandi, Kiffany, Tina (Jesse), Ashton (Jeremy), Steven, Amanda, Shiria Mae, Jakob (Kyleigh), Brendon (Bethann), Jason, Jamie, Gunner, Hunter; seven great-grandchildren, Jakob, Juni, Jaxon, Jazmyn, Cannon, Annabelle and Jurnee, and two in the oven.
Paul is survived by wife Jeanette in Cortez; daughters, Sharon Higgins of Cortez and Paula Sender of Overbrook, Kan.; son Danny of El Paso, Texas, and Paula Sender of Overbrook, Kan.; his adopted grown children, Kim and Jay Morgan of Apache Junction, Ariz.; and adopted children that called him Dad; along with nieces, nephews and friends.
Paul was preceded in death by parents Elmer and Mae Dean; brothers Ed Fox, Elmer Jr. Dean, Gerry Dean; sister Cleola Goff; granddaughters Shiria Mae Morris and Kiffany Michelle Dean; grandsons Paul Lee Baker and Cannon J. Gower; and his oldest daughter, Debbie Baker.
Cremation has taken place, and a private memorial will take place. Arrangements are being made through Ertel Funeral Home. For information, click on Obituaries at ertelfuneralhome.com.