Jerry Malcolm “Mac” Dean

June 23, 1945 ‒ June 16, 2014

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON:  Mac Dean had a vision for the world. His imaginative mind was always at work envisioning ways to improve everything. In his garage, he could take an ordinary item and dress it up “Mac-style” usually including the addition of foam rubber, wooden wheels, or both (Mac had a good time in his garage). More than a tinkerer and accomplished woodworker, Mac had the gift to see a need, and the talent to satisfy that need – not just with his “garage concoctions” – but with the people in his life, too.

Following a 13-year courageous battle with cancer, Mac passed away in his Lexington home, surrounded by that family he loved so dearly. He was 68.

Born June 23, 1945 in Mount Vernon to Jerry M. and Eunice V. (Beaver) Dean, Mac was graduated from Lexington High School in 1963.

Mac worked as a journeyman tool and die maker, retiring from Therm-O-Disc with 25 years of service.

Described as a wonderful husband and good father, Mac did not suffer fools. He always knew the right thing to say – even when the right thing was not the popular thing.  In his succinct manner, Mac didn’t argue, but rather explained why he was always right. His dry sense of humor could turn sarcastic, but never unkind.

The kindness of his heart that led him to anonymously help others, extended to animals and birds. He loved the critters (well, except the chipmunks and cats) and none were more precious than his Australian Red Heeler Rosie.

Such an avid reader, when Mac had no historical non-fiction available, he’d take to reading anything – and was known to even have read the phonebook.

He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, and had formerly served on church council.

Mac just loved to hang with his family. They include his wife Penny (Baki) Dean; their children Amber Cartwright of Cincinnati, Pete (Jennifer) Dean and Travis (Tara) Dean all of Lexington, and Zac (Danielle) Dean of Westerville; grandchildren Malcolm Henry Cartwright, Sawyer Cartwright, Gavin Dean, Chloe Dean, Kathryn Dean, Mary Dean, John Malcolm Dean and Isla Dean; his brother Robert Dean of Baltimore; his sister Peggy Hergatt of Summerville, SC; and a brother-in-law Mark (Donna) Baki of Lexington.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Deborah Dean.

In celebration of Mac’s 49th anniversary with Penny, and in remembrance of a “not your run of the mill guy” the family will receive friends Thursday, July 10, 2014 from 6 to 7 p.m. in Christ Lutheran Church, 159 Frederick Street, Lexington, where a memorial service will be held at 7 p.m.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Hospice of North Central, 150 Dauch Drive, Ashland 44805 or Ohio Bird Sanctuary, 3774 Orewiler Road, Mansfield 44903.

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  • Penny, Amber, Pete, Travis, and Zac:
    Thank you for spending time with me this afternoon. You have so many great stories of Mac, thank you for sharing them with me. They in and of themselves are a treasure. It is clear that he has given you a grand legacy…complete with foam rubber and wooden wheels. 🙂
    What a privilege it is to be called on to help at a time like this.
    I am always available to you.
    J. Todd Snyder

  • Penny and family, please accept my sympathy for a special person ; with blessings for all of you…Darlene

  • zac and Danielle, our thoughts are with you and your family. susan and wendell

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Mac was a very special man and his legacy, love, and humor will live forever.

    Doug and Kelly

  • Pete, Trav, Zach, Amber and Penny,

    Prayers out to you and all of your families as you go through this heart wrenching time. Your dad was a class act–warm, funny, always made you feel welcome. People dont always remember what you say, but they always remember how you make them feel. Mac Dean had a warm way with everyone. God Bless to you all…

  • Pete and Trav…
    Thinking of you. I see much of you both in your dad’s photo and in his description-especially the past about being kind yet not suffering fools. Take care of each other.

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. Mac was such a great man and will be missed by so many.

  • Travis from our recent discussions I know how much your dad meant to you. Thank you for sharing a part of your dad with me. My deepest sympathies go out to you.

  • What a special friend Mac was to me all of my life. I sure will miss him as will countless others. So glad I was able to get in a few recent visits with him. He was always so upbeat. What a great family man……so proud of his family.
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Know how much we care.
    Dean and Susan

  • Penny and Family,

    Our lives are richer having known Mac and for spending time with the entire Dean family. Mac’s love for his family was evident at every family event and was an inspration to all of us. May loving memories bring you comfort in the days ahead and May God Bless….

    Alan and Brenda

  • Penny, Amber, Pete, Trav and Zach,
    Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, during this time. Mac was an AMAZING man, we loved being part of family celebrations and being in Macs presence, His stories and great sense of humor! We will miss him greatly.
    Find comfort in knowing that because of the person he was, will let his Spirit soar, and be free of his pain and suffering. God’s speed to him, on his new journey.
    Love to all,
    Linda, Bridget (McKenna), and Tyson Troiano

  • Penny and Family,

    My sincere condolences on the death of your dear husband and father. What a joy it was to know him! Every Sunday in church, when my Dean was still living, Mac would tap him on the shoulder and ask, “How you doing, Buddy?” Each time I turn around in church I think I should still see him with that big smile on his face! Such a blessing he was to all of us, and especially to his dear Penny and family. He is now enjoying his reward in Heaven with his blessed Savior, and what joy he must be experiencing!

    Love to All and May God bless you His peace,
    Joan Groll

  • I am sadden to hear of your loss. Your dad made such a impression, at little league games, and at Clearfork Swim club. Amber, Pete, Travis, and Zach you are in my thoughts.

  • Penny,Amber,Pete,Travis and Zach my sincere condolences for the loss of Mac.Our lives have been so entwined with our high school experiences,to the birth of our children,Amber babysitting my children,and Travis being Marks best friend.All though our paths have not crossed lately the memories will always be with me.May peace be with you all. Sincerly,Barb Bush Keller

  • Travis I am so sorry about your dad. It is so hard to lose our parents and especially at such a young age. Hugs and prayers to you and your family.

  • I remember picking blackberries between our yards, and the rhubarb that grew there, the pies our families made. I recall an evening at dusk playing hide and go seek in your yard in the 7th or 8th grad, just outside Amber’s window. How many nights did I sit in that cold split-level basement wishing Mac would go to bed so I could smooch on Amber for a little while before hoping the fence back home? We drove Mac and Penny crazy slamming the doors of the cars on the days we got a ride. I can vividly remember hearing the stories of Mac as a brave young man on the front yard of his home, and how that was a major impact on him and his family. I have known the Deans since 1980, growing up besides Mac and Penny’s family, and I can certainly attest to the incredible warmth and loving environment they created (even if the warmth did not include the temperature of the basement TV room.)

    The Deans are a rare example of the nuclear family that we were led to believe populated America: one that loves each other, values each others’ contribution to the family, and whose family bond is nearly as important as their own well being. I certainly think fondly of the years I grew up in Mac’s presence and will miss him like I often miss those days growing up when we didn’t know how crazy things really were.

    To Penny, Amber, and the boys, I really do miss all of you very much. You have been an incredible part of my life and I hope to get the opportunity to share more time with you in the future.


    Sean Brown.

  • Penny and family
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Mac was a wonderful man. He will be missed. Your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Patty and Dave and family.

  • There are no words to express the sorrow I have in my heart after learning about your profound recent loss of your beloved Mac. He made a difference in this world, not only for his family, but in everyone he ever spent any time with. We have all been blessed to have known him and witnessed how he led by extraordinary example. As difficult as it is coping with Macs untimely sunset here on earth, may you find peace and comfort and strength realizing he is now experiencing his glorious sunrise in Heaven. Please accept my deepest sympathies for your entire family.


    Carol Arnett

  • To the Dean Family,

    We are truly blessed having known Mac and having two grandchildren in common. He was a joy to be around at special family events. We will always have loving memories of Mac. May God bring you his peace as you mourn his passing.

  • Zac and Danielle our thoughts go out to you and the whole Dean family. Mac was a ray of sunshine in lives of everyone he touched and he will be missed.

  • Dear Penny and family,

    I was so saddened to read of Mac’s passing. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you.

    With Heartfelt Sympathy,

    Kathy Smith Katsurinis

  • Penny and Children, I babysat for you a long time ago. I remember your family and how sweet and loving you all were. I also remember the gentle firmness you guys spoke to me when I made some bad judgements. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you. Peace be with you.

  • Penny, So sorry to hear of your loss. Mac was a good man and will be missed. He fought the good fight. You and the family are in my prayers.


  • To the Dean family,
    I am so sorry and want to express sadness at your loss. It doesn’t seem long ago when we flew down the hill in your back yard on every wagon and “Big Wheel” that you owned. There always seemed to be a wide selection of wheeled vehicles to try.

    Again, my condolences.

  • Dear Penny, Amber, Pete, Travis, and Zac So sorry to hear about Mac…he will be greatly missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with you…love Kathy

  • Zac and Danielle, I am sorry to hear of your family loss. The energy and spirit, the sole is always there. He now knows what the rest of us pray for. Peace, love and eternity with our god.

  • Aunt Penny , Amber, Pete Travis & Zac,

    My heart breaks @ your loss. Uncle Mac was a great guy. I will always remember him for his dry wit. He so enjoyed his family & especially his grandchildren. My mom often reported the tales he shared w/ her about their high jinx. They were always good for a laugh. His love for his family was plain to see. You are all in our thoughts & prayers.

    love Bryan & Penne Abels

  • Penny and family,

    So sorry to hear of your loss. We truly enjoyed the many life discussions we shared with you and Mac at Mark and Donna’s pool and the beach. God bless you and your family in these sorrowful times.

  • Just returned from vacation and found this news. So sorry that you are having to endure this sad loss. My heart is breaking for you. Peace and love be with you during this time of healing and forever!

  • Dear Amber and Mrs. Dean, I am just now learning of Mr. Dean’s passing and so sad to hear the news. From out days at Miami, I remember him as a kind and supportive Dad and a warm and caring man. Wishing you peace and love.
    Leslie Besecke