Timothy Carroll Dean
December 21, 1961 - January 27, 2023
Timothy Carroll Dean, 61, of Cranberry Township, passed away Friday, January 27, 2023 at West Penn Hospital. Tim was born on December 21, 1961 in State College, to J. Carroll and Barbara Dean.
A graduate of Penn State University with a BS in Geography, and an MS in Environmental Pollution Control, Tim was a licensed professional engineer and had a career in civil engineering and water resource management.
Along with his wife Leslie (Les) and friends, Tim enjoyed traveling around the world, with some of his most memorable trips in Croatia, Germany (OKTOBERFEST), Portugal, and a Wyoming Dude Ranch. He loved to experience the unique cultures and gain a better understanding of the world around him. In addition to his love for travel, Tim had a passion for skiing, spending many days on the slopes.
An avid consumer of music and books, Tim enjoyed learning as much as he could about a topic and liked to sample various types of music, creating playlists that he, Les and friends could enjoy while doing what he loved: trying new foods and sampling new drinks. Tim was very adventurous in his food consumption, enjoying unusual items on the menu and willing to try anything.
Tim never stopped trying to learn. A very curious person, while others were making bread, Tim was refining his bartending skills making craft cocktails while expanding the choices of different alcohol and ingredients, always searching for that perfect drink.
Though somewhat reserved, Tim had a dedicated group of friends who loved and appreciated his sarcastic sense of humor and ‘frowny face”. He loved entertaining and baking challenging desserts for them to enjoy.
Tim always enjoyed a good old “cheesy” sci-fi movie (think Mystery Science Theater 3000) and didn’t miss an opportunity to watch The Big Lebowski. He was a dog lover having rescued many throughout his life, all of them meaning a great deal to him.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Leslie Kleckner Dean; mother, Barbara; sisters, Susan Dean (Kendra Quirk) and Jenny Dean; sister-in-laws Stephanie Carney, Melissa Snee (Jeff); nieces and nephews Ashley Sylvester, Joshua Carney (Karlie), Jacob Carney, Dylan, Kaylee and Hannah Snee; and great-nephews Julian and Cameron Carney. Tim was preceded in death by his father, J. Carroll; and sister-in-law, Denise Gass.
A private celebration of Tim’s life will be held at a later date. Friends who wish to honor Tim are asked to donate to 91.3 WYEP, Sierra Club, or US Ski and Snowboard in his memory.Send Flowers Shop Gifts Print Obituary Share Obituary