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JESSE "EARL" DEAN
June 8, 1932 ~ June 13, 2014
Earl lived life to the fullest, always busy with one project or another. Born in Vancouver, WA to Hazel and Jess Dean. Earl attended Vancouver High. He was an accomplished young acrobat whom joined the circus at age 17, served in the Korean War, attended Clark College, and worked as a machinist at Columbia Machine. In the late 1950's, Earl perfected his trade as a Mason, where he showed pride as a Contractor and Builder for over 40 years, primarily in Clark County, WA
Earl leaves behind " the Love of his Life ", his wife, Sandy, of 58 years; his only sibling, Leona (Derrel) Coffield; 3 children, Steven (Margi), Kelly and Toni (David) Shaw; 5 grandchildren; Tara, Jamie, Joe, Jessalyn and Ashlyn; 9 great-grandchildren, Tamara, Isaiah, Liam, Israel, Aurora, Ephraim, Ethan, Elias, Lucas and #10 Eliana on her way.
Besides the love for his family, Earl had a passion for restoring classic cars. Affectionately called "Earl the Pearl", he was a longtime member of the Slo Poks car club and could be seen driving his blue '32 model B pickup or drag racing at PIR and Woodburn raceways.
A Celebration of Life ~ Cruisin' for Earl ~ will be held Aug. 9th, 2014 from 2-4p.m. at Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site at the picnic shelter (next to Visitors Center), 1501 Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98661. Hot Rods and Classic Cars encouraged!!
Please sign Earl's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on July 13, 2014