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Donald Wayne Dean

July 22, 1951 –
 December 27, 2022


Donald Wayne Dean, our dearly loved friend, husband, and father, went to be with the Lord on December 27th, 2022 at the age of 71.


Donny was born on July 22nd, 1951 in Hughes, Arkansas. He always said of his birth: “it was the hottest day of the year and there were only two patients in the hospital. One was coming into the world and the other was going out of it”. He loved to laugh and to make others laugh.


He had three brothers (Kenny, Ray, and Bruce) whom he cherished.


He proudly and courageously served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.


He loved hot summer days, music, movies, football, and adventure. He was spontaneous, fun, a fighter, and a leader. He had many positive qualities, but the best was his faith in Jesus, which he passed on as the world’s greatest gift to his children.


Donny was predeceased by his brother Bruce Dean; his father Lock Dean; and his mother Louise Dean.


He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Sonya Dean; his son Donald Dean Jr.; his daughter Angela Dean-Thomas and her husband Richard Thomas; his son Jesse Dean and his wife Morgan Dean; his daughter Jamye Forbes and her husband Zachary Forbes; his grandson Vincent Dean; his granddaughter Emily Dean; his grandson Shepherd Forbes; his granddaughter Felicity Forbes; his brother Kenny Dean and his wife Linda Dean; and his brother Ray Dean and his wife Virginia Dean.


Funeral information will be shared privately.

Arrangements under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
(214) 306-6700

3 Thoughts on Donald Wayne Dean
    Linda Dean
    4 Jan 2023

    I just want to say I’m so very sorry for your loss. Donnie was a great man and will be missed by all. Big hugs soyna to you and the family, we love you.
    Donnie, I just want to say thank you for your sacrifice and thank you for your service, R.I.P SIR. We love you Donnie.
    Love always Linda Dean

    Kenny Dean
    4 Jan 2023

    I want to begin with thanks and LOVE to my wonderful sister in law. Without a doubt, she was not only his best friend but she was his reason for his living. He absolutely loved Sonya with all of his heart. To His children Jesse-Jamy-Angela and Don, our hearts are broken. Your Dad loved each and everyone of you. Keep making him proud of you. We love you ALL. I love you Donny. You are the one I’ve always looked up to, and will still for the rest of my life. I LOVE BROTHER. Rest in Peace. Until we meet again. Your Brother Kenny.

    4 Jan 2023

    My brother Donnie was a true hero not only in Vietnam but also to his family. we shared many days of fun and laughter together. I know one thing for sure Sonya you and the kids meant everything to him. So until we meet again brother Donnie rest In Peace.

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