Dean was born on a farm near Clinton, Oklahoma in 1936. His artwork was mostly self-taught as means of keeping him occupied when he had no chores or homework to pursue. As a boy his first work was cartoon advertising for a local sporting goods store where he worked on some weekends casting fishing weights.
Upon graduation in 1954 he joined the US Navy. After serving his time and returning to Kerman, California where he began college at Fresno State and Fresno JC where he obtained some art instruction, but his degree was in Business which he followed for many years. As a means of relaxation over those years he created many art pieces in pen and ink, enjoying that medium.
Once he retired in 2001 from business he wanted to take up sculpting as a hobby to keep busy. He took classes from a local sculptor and enjoyed producing several busts and small figure pieces.
Then 9/11 2001 changed his life. His wife who was a Flight Attendant became displeased about the fact that Flight Crews were never given acknowledgement and respect for their courageous actions during these attacks. Dean felt there was something that could be done to honor these Flight Crews so began fundraising and sculpting for the Grande size "9/11 Flight Crew Memorial". This effort took almost seven years and was finished and dedicated in 2008, the location is in Grapevine, Texas.
Since then Dean has also produced a life-size memorial for the "343 Firemen" who perished in the World Trade Center Towers. It is also to be erected in Grapevine, Texas soon.