Published in Idaho
Press Tribune on April 21, 2011
Jay R. Dean, D.M.D.
fought a long and very difficult battle at a local hospital. He had the
courage to choose to go be with his Lord and Savior on April 17, 2011,
beginning the greatest fishing trip and adventure of his life.
Jay was born Jan. 14, 1934, in Nampa, Ida., the third of seven children
on, to John and Myrna Dean.
They left Nampa to live in Pasadena, Calif., where Jay started his athletic
career by winning the city championship in baseball with his younger brother.
They later moved to Palmdale, Calif., before settling back in Nampa when
Jay was 13.
Jay attended College High and transferred to Nampa High School mid-way
through his sophomore year to play sports.
While at Nampa, Jay played football, basketball, baseball, and track.
His junior year, 1950, Nampa won State in football, basketball, and baseball.
He also won State in the shot put and discus. His senior year, they won
State in football and baseball losing only to Boise High while going for
their 50th straight basketball win.
In October of 2010, Jay was inducted into the Nampa High School Athletic
Hall of Fame. He got to share this honor with his granddaughter, Kasey,
who was inducted during the same ceremony.
After high school and forgoing several offers to play professional baseball,
Jay attended Oregon State on duo basketball and baseball scholarships,
where he majored in pre-med.
He was All-American 1st team selection in baseball in 1954 and 1955, was
honored All-Northern Division three times and twice named to the NCAA
All-Western Regional Team.
Until 2005 this was Oregon State University's only World Series team.
His basketball team was Pacific Coast Conference Champions in 1954-55.
Despite suffering a setback when he got rheumatic fever early in his college
athletics, he still holds the OSU highest career batting average record
at .379, including .465 as a senior and .456 as a junior, leading the
Northern Division in 1955 with .545 and hitting over .600 in league games
for much of his junior and senior seasons. He later was inducted into
the OSU Sports Hall of Fame.
In 1960 Jay graduated from dental school at the University of Oregon in
Portland and started his career in Cassiar, British Columbia, Canada before
returning to Nampa later that year to establish his practice at Holly
Dental, retiring in 2002.
In 1954 Jay married Billie Reger in Corvallis, Ore., and they later divorced.
In 1986, he married Jane Dickman Lazich in Turlock, Calif., and they made
their home in Meridian, Ida.
Jay had an amazing love, respect, and passion for the outdoors. Fishing,
hunting, skiing, golfing, boating, bird watching, and growing flowers
fueled his spirit.
He went on an annual elk hunt in the Chamberlain Basin for over 30 years
sometimes hiking out for miles to attend his son's football games before
hiking back. You could often find Jay listening to albums of birdcalls
which he could proficiently imitate. Those who shared his outdoor experiences
can attest to his unique endurance, sometimes being the first on the chairlift
and the last off. His ski partners found it a mixed blessing when Bogus
opened nights extending Jay's opportunity to break his personal record
of runs in one day. He was very involved and a member at Nampa First Church
of the Nazarene where he was a Boy Scout leader for many years.
Jay aspired to live his life with integrity and humility. He was a gentle
giant who drew his strength from God. Everyone who was privileged enough
to have known him was touched by the type of person he was and the character
Jay was preceded in death by his parents, John and Myrna Dean, and his
son John Dean.
He is survived by his loving wife, Jane; his daughters, Sammie (Ron) Bowen
of Nampa, Corrie (Eric) Jeglum of Boise, and Jane's children, Dan (Maribeth)
Lazich of New Hampshire, Miriam (Jon) Norenberg of Modesto, Calif., and
Liz Lazich of Richmond, Calif. Grandchildren are Fred Hooter, John (Tiffany)
Ford, Kasey Hooter, Johnny Jeglum, Chris and James Lazich, and Tommy,
Annie, and Amy Norenberg. Brothers are Carlyle (Janette) Dean of Phoenix,
Ariz., Mick Dean of Eugene, Ore., Cal (Barbara) Dean of Lake Oswego, Ore.,
and Lowell (Karen) Dean of Keiser, Ore. Sisters are Brenita (Whitey) Johnson
of Suquamish, Wash., and Myrna (Jerry) Shaw of Whitney, Texas.
He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will greet friends and family at a visitation and viewing on
Friday, April 22, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen
There will be a memorial service to honor Jay's life at Nampa First Church
of the Nazarene at 11 a.m. on Sat., April 23.
An online guest book may be signed at www.nampafuneralhome.com In lieu
of flowers, gifts may be made to the Dr. Jay Dean Memorial Scholarship
for pre-med students at Northwest Nazarene University, 623 So. University
Blvd., Nampa, ID, 83686.
Dad, we are looking forward to that Christmas dinner you never got to
have; save us a place!