Justin Edward Dean
April 15, 1985 ‒ June 25, 2019
LEXINGTON: For Justin Dean, nature was not a place to visit, it was home. From his youth as a Boy Scout, to deep-sea fishing trips, helping around the farm, and hosting big bonfires, Justin held an appreciation for the natural world – often capturing unique angles with his photography.
Justin passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2019 in his rural Lexington home. He was 34.
Born Justin Edward Dean on April 15, 1985 to Thomas Edward Dean, Sr. and Nancy Ann (Pfeifer) Dean, he graduated from Lexington High School in 2003 after studying carpentry at Pioneer Career & Technology Center. While at Pioneer he built a Habitat for Humanity Home. Justin worked in fabrication with Broshco Fabricated Products and Deca Manufacturing before accepting a position as a welder, a job he really liked, with Schoonover Industries in Ashland.
Though he spent most of life in the Galion and Lexington area, he lived a year in Cape Coral, Florida, where he attended First Church of the Nazarene in North Fort Myers.
Justin held a very special relationship with his grandparents. They spent many, many days while he was young, going places and experiencing life. He helped his grandpa on projects on some of his houses, and helped him build log cabins.
As a youth, Justin attended the Lexington Church of the Nazarene, and was baptized through the Nazarene Church. He used his carpentry skills to put a new roof on the church parsonage.
He touched a lot of lives and tried to help as many people as possible. Justin assisted others with any home improvement project they had going. Justin was always trying to design a better model – jotting down ideas.
He loved music, looking over and walking the fields, woods and oceans, and watching the sunrises and sunsets. He was successful at finding fossilized shark teeth, filling jars full of them when he lived in Florida.
Adventurous and kind-hearted, Justin loved to travel and had visited over 40 states, including Hawaii.
His love of nature kept him busy with vegetable and herb gardens, and growing cactus. It seems he was always working on his Dodge Ram truck, and enjoyed lending a hand to others on their car or truck. Justin had a spirit of helping others, and deeply loved his family and his precious daughter.
He is survived by his daughter Ava Twigg; his parents Thomas and Nancy Dean of Lexington; his brother Thomas Dean, Jr (Trisha Giddens) of Galion; nephews Ethan Dean and Hunter Dean; maternal grandparents John and Evelyn Pfeifer of Galion; uncles and aunts Robert “Bob” (Jan) Dean of New Washington, Peggy (John) Bosh of Mt. Gilead, Deb Dean of Mansfield; cousins Mike Dean, Matt Dean, David, Jenny, Brittany, Katie, Kelsey, Taylor and Stacie; extended family; great friend Brennan Hocher; and many friends of all ages.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Robert and Dorothy Dean; an uncle Ron Dean; and cousins Cathy Dean and Nathan Dean.
Though no public funeral services will be held, The Dean family wishes that Justin’s memory will be treasured in your heart. They are in the care of the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, Mansfield. A message of support, a fond memory or story about Justin are welcome, and may be shared online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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