Dean was born in The Dalles on March 27, 1962, the sixth of seven children of Pat and Maxine (Scherrer) Macnab, and one of almost 50 grandchildren of Sherman County pioneers, Alex and Bee Macnab. Dean died from pancreatic cancer at his home in Wasco on April 28, 2015. He was 53 years old.
Dean attended Wasco Grade School, and graduated from Sherman High School in 1981. After high school, he attended Salem Rehabilitation Facility and was trained in life and job skills. Following completion of his schooling in Salem, he moved to The Dalles and worked at the Recreation Café. He then moved to Wasco and worked at Jack’s Fine Foods in Biggs, Frosty’s in Rufus, and for the last 12 years at Linda’s Restaurant in Biggs.
Dean’s interests included the Trailblazers, weather reporting, photography, maps and mileage charts, and being uncle to numerous nieces and nephews. At the 2014 Sherman County Fair, he received a special award from the Fair Board for consistently entering his photos every year for over 20 years. He also received an award for 10 years’ service in the Government of the United States for being a weather reporter to OSU Extension in Moro. He had been selected to be the grand marshal at this year’s Wasco Memorial Day celebration.
Dean enjoyed traveling the United States, even though it was vicariously through other people. He did travel to Disneyland twice, and last summer took a road trip with six family members to South Dakota to visit the Little House on the Prairie attractions in De Smet. His most recent travels took him to Wallowa Lake.
Dean is survived by his beloved cat, Hobbes; brothers Bo (Mary) Macnab and Harry (Christy) Macnab; sisters Linda (John) Krafsic, Gail Macnab, Debbie (Pat) Bird, and Patti (Chris) Moore; nieces and nephews Jeff Bird, Kari Silcox, Molly Lovell, Megan Pinkerton, Anna Alley, Callie Macnab, Clint Moore, Stacy Bird, Piper Stewart and Ethan Moore; and godparents Fred and Beth Hill.
Funeral services for Dean will be held Wednesday, May 6 at 11 a.m. at Spencer, Libby & Powell Funeral Home in The Dalles. A luncheon at St. Peters Parish Hall will follow, and then burial at Sunrise Cemetery in Wasco at 3 p.m.
Donations in Dean’s memory can be made to Heart of Hospice, 2621 Wasco Street, Hood River, 97031, or Wasco Cemetery Association, Box 155, Wasco, OR, 97065.
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