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Earl “Dean” Myers
10/07/1941 — 08/18/2020
From Richland, WA | Born in Chandler, OK
Earl “Dean” Myers
Earl “Dean” Myers
E. Dean Myers, 78, passed away at home August 18, 2020, from metastatic gastric cancer. Dean was born October 7, 1941 in Chandler, OK to Myrtle and Lysle Myers. At the age of 3, his family moved to Richland, WA. He grew up a small animal lover and appreciated the beauty of the outdoors. At 9 years old he began as a carrier for the Tri-City Herald and continued until he turned 16. In 1954, Dean sold souvenir edition newspapers during the McNary Dam Dedication by President Eisenhower, a highlight of his carrier days.
Dean attended Columbia High and graduated in the Richland High School Class of ’60. During high school, Dean started working for C.C. Anderson at 16, as a shoe salesman. He continued on with the company while finishing college and helped transition the store into The Bon Marche, one of 3 managers to open the Columbia Center Mall location. Dean met Carolyn and they attended Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, ID, graduating in 1965 prior to getting married. They were married 51 years. Not long after college, Dean served in the Air National Guard from 1965 – 1971 commuting from Tri-Cities to Spokane.
Dean enjoyed a successful real estate career from 1972 till 2000 along with property management. They had 2 daughters Amber and Kim in 1975 and 1976. Raising the girls was one of the biggest blessings in their life and they enjoyed having them live so close and sharing their 4 grandkids.
In 1994, Dean and Carolyn built their dream home on the river, a collection of years of ideas incorporating contemporary art and furnishings. They also enjoyed many trips over the span of 40 years to Puerto Vallarta Mexico and always felt it was where their heart was. They took the family several times to share the love with them and to show them the culture of the sweetest people.
Over the years, Dean truly loved his family and grandkids along with boating and sailing, fishing, the Columbia River and Oregon Coast beaches, and keeping in touch with long-lasting friends.
Dean’s “Fairwell to my Lifelong and Treasured Friends – I always considered you my best and longtime friends and cherished you over the many years. You helped make me the man I am!”
(Conrad Hanson, Neil and Lynn,Steve, Eric Russell, Bill Smith, Jack and Julia Tosdale, Gary Lange, Lee Jackson, Bill Neil, Doug and Cam Gross, Jim Ostrander, John Woodhead and John Woodhead Jr., Brett at RYC, Ernie and Marilyn de la Bratone, Brad Barton and Darlene)
Dean is survived by his wife, Carolyn and Daughters, Amber (Tim) Rosenthal, Kim (Jeff) Coleman, Sister Mary (Ken) Roberts, Grandchildren Katie (Keaton) Wrathall, Lindsay Rosenthal, Kenyon Coleman, Sawyer Coleman, along with Sandra Johnson and Randall Johnson, Jeremy Eyestone, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents Lysle Myers and Myrtle (Myers) Eagle and Brother Jerry (Margaret) Myers.
Our family would like to thank the Chaplaincy Hospice Care Team for all their compassion, love and support along with Sylvia too. Your kind hearts were so comforting during this time of need.
Due to covid restrictions the family has chosen a small celebration of Dean’s life. He will be laid to rest on Saturday August 22, 2020 at Sunset Gardens in Richland, WA.
I first heard about Dean Myers when I was a little girl. My grandparents (Pierce and Anna McWaters) talked so highly of the nice boy who delivered their paper. He was always pleasant and polite and had a good work ethic, even as a young boy. I think he delivered their paper his entire career as a paperboy and always had that wonderful smile available to everyone. As he grew up he never forgot my grandparents. When we would see him out he always came running up to us to give a hug and warm greeting.
I remember him selling shoes at C.C. Andersons, still the nice, friendly person he always was. He went to see my mother in her retirement home a few years before her death. They enjoyed recalling memories of those early years. That visit meant so much to my mother and I was so glad he came to see her.
Dean never changed. He remained the same throughout his life; a warm, friendly, sincere, person and he had our family’s admiration almost his entire life.
Fly with the angels, Dean. It was a job well done. Thanks for all those memories.
I was so sorry to hear of Dean’s passing. We spoke in the spring while decorating his parents grave-sites and he was fighting but hopeful at that time. It seems I have known him and the family my entire life. His father was my dads supervisor in the 1950s. I remember well his sister Mary’s wedding and his career through high school and after college. He was a great guy, always smiling.
It is with love and sympathy that I add my thoughts about Dean – he graduated with my brother in the class of 60 – I got to know when he worked at CC Anderson’s with my mom – Dean always had a smile and knew us all and always cared by name – I went off to college in 63 – later marriages Carolyn Roe from our class of 63 – we were school teachers in Oregon for 38 years til we were both retired and refitting in Richland in 2013 – we would see Dean at Bomber volleyball games cheering for his granddaughter – Dean gave so much to all how new him – he was our friend ❤️🙏 Lamont&Carolyn DeJong
Sorry I’m not with you. Love you. Bonnie
I met Dean in 1963 when I began working at the Bon on the Parkway when I was in high school. He was older and of course much more knowledgable but certainly never treated anyone that way. That beautiful blond hair! That wonderful boyish smile! I saw Carolyn and Dean at a grandkids’ basketball event in Kennewick a couple of years ago —such a pleasure and a blessing that we met up. I know he had a strong faith. Rest in peace, friend.
Sending hugs and prayers to Carolyn, Amber, Kim and the rest of his family. Uncle Dean you will be greatly missed by the many lives you have touched over the years.
I share my thoughts & prayers for your family as you grieve Dean’s passing. May your amazing family memories sustain you.
Sorry for your loss.. Our prayers are with you as you continue to take care of each other and cherish the memories of Dean
I am sad to learn of Dean’s passing. He was a truly good man with a caring heart. He was a good friend to me and to many others. I will miss him greatly. My deepest condolences to his family.
Our condolences to the family .