Dean Nodine, age 89, said “Goodbye” to his family and friends on November 26, 2021, at Blue Mt. Hospital in John Day. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
He was born in Hetland, South Dakota to Jack and Ruth Nodine, making a family of seven brothers and sisters. He was an identical twin and baby of the family. The twins were delivered by their father. Dean had one living sister.
After graduating from high school, Dean and his twin brother joined the United States Navy on June 30, 1952. When he returned home, he enrolled at South Dakota University. Upon graduating, he was hired over the phone to teach shop and be vice principle in John Day. He advanced to principle and then District Superintendent after the consolidation of John Day, Mt. Vernon, Canyon City, Seneca and Izee schools. He held that position for 28 years.
During that time, a lot of progress was made in School District #3. Humbolt school acquired a gym and classrooms, a track facility was added to Grant Union High School plus a new gym, cafeteria and four new classrooms. A district office and bus shop were established. The purchasing land on 7th Street was developed into a beautiful 7th Street Sports Complex.
Dean was involved with many community activities. He was a member of the John Day Elks, Grant County Cemetery Board, Budget Committee, OSHA Board of Control, City Planning Commission, Park and Rec Budget Committee, American Legion, 4-H Leader and Grant County Shooting Sports Club including Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
He was elected Jr. Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year and in 2019 he had the honor of Grand Marshal of the Grant County Fair.
Deans’ personal family consists of his wife, Joyce, who he met during college, and they celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. His son, Jeff (Dayma) of Elko, Nevada; two daughters, Jody of John Day, and Janean of Medford. He has five grandchildren, Mitch, Mariah, Jordan, Haley and Sierra and one great grandson.
Besides giving 200% to his family, job, and young people, he loved to hunt, fish, shooting clubs, gardening and being with friends. We will all miss him in our lives.
Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of one’s choice through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.
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