Dean I. Davis
January 18, 1940 – March 6, 2022
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, March 11th at 11am at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, 3405 S. 118th Street. Private interment. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in memory of Dean I. Davis to the Dementia Society of America by mail to PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901, or online www.DementiaSociety.org/donate or American Diabetes Association by mail to P.O. Box 7023 Merrifield, Virginia 22116-7023 ADAIN@diabetes.org
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Dean Irwin Davis passed away Sunday, March 6, 2022, at the age of 82. He was born in his family home on January 18, 1940, in Plattsmouth, Nebraska. This is where he fostered a very early fascination with electronics, mechanics and tinkering of all manners. After graduating from Plattsmouth High School in 1958 he moved to Omaha, Nebraska where he met the love of his life, Sandra Chizek. They married at St. Bridget Catholic Church in May of 1960. In 1961 Dean and Sandy started the family that surrounds him today.
Dean began a life of fulfilling work at Western Electric in 1958 as a tool and die apprentice. He loved the way work at the plant challenged both his skills and his interests, channeling his expertise into a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from the University of Nebraska. Dean also attained additional post-graduate education in Computer Science at Brigham Young University all while he focused on balancing work and nourishing the home and the family he adored above all else. He worked his way up to Engineering Associate, and then eventually a full-blooded Mechanical Engineer. Work as an engineer afforded him many worldly accomplishments and experiences which he cherished throughout his life. These included travels to all corners of the globe setting up communication and data systems. Dean’s work led him to the conception of several patents in the 1980’s and 90’s. He ultimately spent 42 years at the plant in Omaha, beginning with Western Electric, in all its iterations and successors, up to Lucent Technologies: Bell Labs Innovations, retiring in 2000.
In his free time Dean enjoyed computing, computer science, fishing, and carpentry. He was known as “Mr. Fix-it.” Dean was a gearhead and a car enthusiast; he loved all things Nebraska and furthermore the Huskers. He was awarded an Admiralty in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska. Dean was very active in volunteer work, he served as Vice President and President of the Willa Cather Elementary Parent Teacher Association, was a founding member and avid volunteer in the Kingswood Athletic Association, Cub Scout Leader, a serving officer and awarded member of the Pacific Heights Neighborhood Association.
More than anything, however, Dean held dearest his time with his family, especially in supporting his children and grandchildren in any and all endeavors. One of his favorite expressions was, “All because two people fell in love”.
Dean was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Kelly E. Davis; parents, Walter C. Davis and Irene M. (Heflin) Davis; eight siblings. Dean is survived by wife, Sandra (Chizek) Davis; son, Kent Davis (Robin Waddington); daughters: Tracy Tobaben (Shayne), Deana Wood (Mike), Andrea Beargeon (Todd); grandchildren: Alexa, Beau and Hope Davis; Brandon, Alexandra and Grant Tobaben; Dean (Kristine Assman) and Hunter Wood; Tayler, Christopher (Maeve Vetter), Kassandra Beargeon; siblings, Kay Bernardy and Evelyn Eichron; many nieces, nephews, and friends.
All who knew Dean will miss his ability to help with any challenge whether it is physical or perceptual, his valuable insight, unconditional love, support, and guidance in our lives.
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, March 11th at 11am at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, 3405 S. 118th Street. Luncheon to follow. Private interment. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in memory of Dean I. Davis to the Dementia Society of America by mail to PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901, or online www.DementiaSociety.org/donate or American Diabetes Association by mail to P.O. Box 7023 Merrifield, Virginia 22116-7023 ADAIN@diabetes.org