Jimmy Derrell Dean was born Jan. 18, 1946, in Artesia, to Thomas Derrell Dean and Charlie Rozell Kimmons Dean. He passed away peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, in Lubbock, Texas. Cremation has taken place.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his foster father Jack Merritt.
He is survived by his wife Holly Gardner Dean, of the home in Denver City, Texas. He had three daughters from his first marriage, Janell Orona, her sons Robert, Ryan, Jacob and Jordan; Kayla Dean; and Amanda Chihuahua, husband Art, and daughter Katelynn. He is also survived by one adopted son Clayton Riley McBryde, wife Mica, sons Riley, Clayton and Johnny, daughters Kambree and Raelynn; one adopted daughter Kelly Zane Miller, husband Cody and daughter Cheyenne. He has three brothers and one sister, Charles Dean and wife Donna, Donald Dean and wife Cooky, Jeff Dean, sister Janis and husband John Dozier.
Jimmy graduated from Artesia High School, with a lot of help and encouragement from his adopted aunt, Mim Teague. He was drafted into the Army after high school and spent much of his service duty as an instructor in Washington, D.C., during the Vietnam conflict. He had several jobs in early life, ending up working at Enterprise Products, a propane pipeline, for 28 years.
Jimmy loved life and rarely had a cross word for anyone. He loved and felt most at home in the mountains and went there at every opportunity.
Some of his ashes will be scattered at his favorite places in the Sacramento and Guadalupe mountains, as well as his secret place in the Colorado Rockies. He was very creative and loved to tool leather. He had a studio in his sunroom at home and made many items for people he loved.
He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of bone marrow cancer, in 2007. He underwent two stem cell transplants and a multitude of chemotherapies and radiation treatments in an effort to control it. He never lost heart during all the treatments he chose. He did no complaining.
During the last two years of his life, he and his caregiver and wife Holly, spent a lot of quality time at American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge of Lubbock. It is a residence for people away from home undergoing cancer treatments. It is our wish that memorials for him go there (3411 10th St., Lubbock, TX 79415). We felt enormous love and care at Hope Lodge.
Many thanks to the medical personnel and friends who helped us on this journey. Love and hugs and kisses to his adopted daughter Kelly Zane, for putting her life and husband on hold, coming here with her nursing baby to live with us, and helping care for Jimmy and driving with him back and forth to Lubbock for treatments every day for weeks. It was remarkable. We were blessed with a cocoon of love.
May goodness and mercy and honor follow his memory throughout eternity.
A full funeral with military honors and interment of his ashes will be announced at a later date by his next of kin, his wife Holly Dean.