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Dean Leroy Trier

December 8, 1932 — February 25, 2012

Dean Leroy Trier

Biography for Dean L. Trier December 8, 1932 - February 25, 2012 Dean Leroy Trier was dearly loved as a husband, father, grandfather (Pop) friend and family member. '''''' Dean was born in Springfield, Illinois, the son of Stanley and Grace Trier. ''''Dean was raised with four siblings. He had an older sister, Gwen, an older brother Jack, and a younger sister Barbara. In the mid-forties his family settled in Manhattan Beach, CA where he attended Redondo Beach High School. During his high school years, Dean loved journalism and writing. He was on the high school yearbook committee. After high school Dean attended UCLA as an English/Journalism major. He was also a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. After college he served in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Lewis, WA. November 11, 1960, Dean married his wife Elaine (Manca.) They had one child, Christine, and spent much of their life enjoying the sunshine in Southern California....living near Westwood Village by the UCLA campus, and then in West L.A. only a few miles from the Santa Monica Beach. Many happy hours were spent exploring the parks, sandy beaches, and marinas near their home. Dean was especially fond of boats and the water, and at one time took sailing lessons with his daughter, Christine, in anticipation of someday owning his own sailboat! Although that never came to pass, Dean did spend much time pursuing his passion for gardening. He and Elaine spent hours working together tending to anything that would grow - especially flowers! A longtime editor of various boating magazines, he also worked in public relations and promotions for several wholesale travel and tour agencies where he utilized his writing, publishing and photography skills. One benefit of working in the travel industry, was that he was able to travel on business to countries including India, Russia, Germany and Switzerland. '''''''''''''''''''''''''''' Dean was blessed with one child, Christine, who in 1984 married John Groen. Another blessing for Dean was the gift of three grandsons, Gabriel, Luke and Ben. In 1994 Dean and his wife Elaine moved from California to Washington to be near their grandsons! For the next 16 years they lived 4 doors apart in the same neighborhood.''''''''''''''''''''''Dean enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite hobbies were gardening, writing, spending time with family and studying the Bible. He came to a personal faith with Jesus around the time Christine went off to college. He and Elaine spent time worshiping and serving in a number of churches throughout the years. One of the natural outflows of Dean's faith walk, was his writing poetry. He put together a book of poems in his later years, which reflected much of his musings and thoughts on God, faith, heaven and living out a life modeled by Jesus.''''''''''''''Dean was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. His favorites were his dogs Ping, Moselle, Mandy and Honey Girl.''''''''''''Dean passed away on February 25, 2012. From the day Dean was diagnosed with Cancer, until his death, barely one month had passed. He was cared for at home until his final day on earth, but spent his last 4 hours at Evergreen Hospice in Kirkland, WA where his pain could be managed more effectively. After listening to a few hymns and some special prayers in the presence of family and friends, Dean went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He finally reached the heavenly place that he wondered and wrote about in his poems. For that, his family rejoices, although he will be greatly missed! Dean is survived by his wife Elaine, his daughter Christine, son-in-law John, grandsons Gabe, Luke and Ben, a sister Barbara, nieces and nephews, and many dear friends. Services were held March 10, 2012, at Avondale Bible Church, Woodinville WA. Dean will be buried at Tahoma National Cemetery in WA.

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