Mr. Dean was one of the finest gentlemen I have ever had the pleasure to know. He went to school with my Mom & Dad and my Dad played basketball with him & Mr. Pettit.
After moving to BR after my parents divorced, Mr. Dean found out and made sure my Mom knew if she needed anything, to call. I ended up going to school with Mark & Mardi and Mark & I were good friends and sports competitors in Elementary & Jr. High. My sister went to school with Joe Joe.
When my father passed away a few years ago, I called a few of his old friends, including Mr. Pettit and Mr. Dean, and as a few have mentioned above, I spent 30-45 minutes listening to stories about my Dad and their shared college days.
I've argued with people on this board about Joe Dean, the AD, and I choose to not do that anymore, because I'm obviously biased. So I'll just say I've never known a finer man, a man who loved LSU more, a better ambassador for Round Ball in a Poiny Ball Conference, a better color commentator, a more influential and ardent supporter of young coaches and their job placements, or a better example for and influence on generations of the young men who attended Dixie Basketball Camp, not to mention young people, such as myself, who just met you along the way.
I thank you and love you, Mr. Dean. What a life you led! Rest now and cheer on your beloved Tigers from above.