July 20, 1982 – August 11, 2012
Sarah Elizabeth Dean was born in Gunnison, Colorado on July 20, 1982 to Jim and Barbara Dean. She was a glowing bundle of light, love and joy (and feisty spirit) from the moment she entered the world. Sarah died in a tragic car accident outside of Gunnison on August 11, 2012 while headed to her favorite place — the great outdoors — to go camping in Lake City with her beloved friend, Jill McCord, and pooches they so loved, Dozer and Koocha. Dozer, the fun-loving St. Bernard, and loving companion of Tyler Hammer, joined Sarah in the eternal outdoors and sunshine.
Sarah loved life to the fullest and loved all things Crested Butte where she spent a good portion of her young life with her grandparents, Jim and Sue Dean, or Granny and Pa as they were known to Sarah. Sarah and family (Mom, Dad and brother Jimmy) moved to Arkansas in the early 80’s and this is where she would stay until she graduated from Fayetteville High School. Sarah attended college at the University of Arkansas and eventually got a degree in Classical Studies after years of enjoying life, travels, outdoors and returning to where her heart was — Gunnison County. While in CB Sarah did as all locals did, worked too many jobs (Town of Mt. CB, Acme Liquor, Wine House, CBMR, CB Community School, etc. etc.) and was an avid outdoor woman who hiked, camped, skied, fished, and played as much as possible in the beautiful lands. Sarah loved gardening and cooking, putting love and light in everything she did. In 2010 Sarah did a stint with the Montana Conservation Corps as a crew leader and absolutely loved her time in Bob Marshall Wilderness area. Simply put — Sarah enjoyed every minute she got to spend outside, whether for work or play.
Sarah is survived by a world that so loved her, as she gave freely and openly of her love to all she came into contact with. Sarah will be deeply missed by her grandparents, Bill and Mary Jane Duensing of Kansas City, Missouri; grandparents, Jim and Sue Dean, now of Cheyenne, Wyoming but formerly of Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado; parents Jim and Barbara Dean of University City, Missouri; brother Jimmy Dean and his loving wife, Lindsey and the apple of Sarah’s eye, niece, Eliza of Dayton, Ohio; her companion and boyfriend, Tyler Hammer of Crested Butte; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins from every corner of the United States. There will be an empty place in the hearts of all who knew Sarah, but rest assured she will look over all she loved and shine down from the heavens until we meet her on the other side.
Pallbearers are Jimmy Dean, John Dean, Paul Dean, Tyler Hammer, Tyler Dean and Ericka Smith.
Memorials in Sarah’s honor can be made to: Adaptive Sports Center of Crested Butte and Crested Butte Land Trust.
Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 17th at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church in Crested Butte with graveside burial to follow at Crested Butte Cemetery (camp chairs welcomed for seating.) There will be a reception to follow at the church Parish House.