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.

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  • Brad Davis

    Had a lot of fun dancing to Rock Lobster at the Kimball Christmas parties. Our condolences Leslie.

  • Mara and Jim Pritchard

    Jim and I were shocked by the news. I cannot even express or sorrow. Please know that you have been in our thoughts and in my prayers since we heard the news.

  • David Clouser

    I only had the opportunity to work with Tim for a short time, but he always had some sage advice for me. He’ll be missed.

  • Dan & Jackie Pinchot

    Please accept our condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers,

  • Ron Ciucci

    So sorry to hear this news. I enjoyed working with Tim at Baker years ago. Tim was on excellent engineer and good friend. He will be missed.

  • Shari Eakin

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m keeping you in my prayers.

  • Mimi Antonetti

    Leslie, please accept my deepest condolences and sympathies on Tims passing. We always managed to share a wry joke or two during the times I visited for the pups.

  • Christopher Baglino

    I wanted to share my deepest sympathies with Tim’s family that he loved so much. I have such a great memories of Tim when Tim and Leslie would visit Susan in Boston or the great time we had together celebrating at the State College Arts Festival with Leslie, Susan and Kendra. I hope Tim’s family can find peace in celebrating the wonderful life he had and great spirit he brought to this world.

  • Donald and Cheryl Reinard

    Don & I are so saddened to hear of Tim’s passing at a young age. Although we never got to spend a great deal of time with him, we know he & our niece Leslie had a tremendous love & wonderful life together. RIP in Gods arms kind man.

  • Jeff VanGorder

    Please accept my deep condolences for Les and the family. Tim was my longest dear friend having met in kindergarten. We shared many wild, stupid, and fun adventures as kids and young adults. Tim always knew how to have fun. He will be missed.

  • Shelly Zippi Werner

    I’m very saddened by your loss.
    You are in my prayers.
    God bless you.

  • Pam Webb

    Leslie, I was shocked and saddened to read of Tim’s passing. I remember him as always being a faithful and passionate supporter of your Big Brothers Big Sisters activities. The memories are flowing….
    Hugs and prayers of comfort for you as you grieve…

  • Herb Higginbotham

    I was shocked. and saddened to hear of Tim’s passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy, Leslie. I enjoyed Tim telling me of some of your travels and how he enjoyed them. That was evident by the way he talked. A life well lived, but much, much too short.


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