David H. Dean, EdD., 85, passed away peacefully on June 12, with his wife Peg and other family members nearby. David and Peg lived in Globe for 41 years and in 2018 moved to the Las Vegas area to be near their grandson.
David was born in 1934 in Bowie, Texas. He met Peg at Hardin-Simmons College, where they both earned their bachelor’s degrees. They married in 1954 and had two sons, Brett David and Blair Alan.
David went on to earn a masters from the University of Texas El Paso and a doctorate in education from Michigan State University, where he also taught for several years. He and Peg moved to Globe in 1978, where David served as principal of Copper Rim Elementary School for many years. He also taught several community college classes and enjoyed being a referee for regional sports. They were members of First Presbyterian Church of Globe. David is remembered by family and friends as a loving, kind, funny and talented man who loved his family and enjoyed good conversation and good food. He and Peg traveled many places around the world, but always enjoyed coming back home to the southwestern desert.
David is survived by his wife, Peg, sister Betty (Obie) Coker and his grandchildren, Lindsey Dean, Sarah (Chris) McConn, Austin (Elizabeth) Dean, Margaret Ann (Kevin) Konwinski and Joseph Dean. He was thrilled to get to meet his two great-grandchildren Thompson Brett Dean (11 months) and Olivia Jean McConn (9 months). David was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and his two sons, Brett and Blair.
A family service was held in Las Vegas. David requested that friends who wish to remember him “go out for some good Mexican food and get on with enjoying life.” Any donations desired could be made to the UNICEF Children’s Fund.