December 9, 1959 ~ August 22, 2021

Born in: Bryan, Texas
Resided in: Bryan, Texas

Alton Roy Dean of Bryan, Texas made his final journey HOME on August 22, 2021 surrounded by family after a short battle with liver disease.  He was in St Luke’s Hospital in downtown Houston, Texas where he was waiting for a liver transplant.  He was 61 years young.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday September 18th, 2021 11am at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home.  Please feel free to wear your softball jerseys or anything Dallas Cowboys or Aggies to the service at the funeral home.  Once the service is complete we will head out to BRAC (Bryan Regional Athletic Complex) for a day of softball and sharing memories of Roy!

Roy was born December 9th in San Antonio, Texas at Lackland AFB to Alton and Rosemarie Dean and was the fifth child born into the family.  He would remain the baby of the bunch until his younger sister would arrive 11 years later.

Roy was born into a military family which allowed him to live in different areas such as Germany, Washington State, California and back to Texas.  He was a graduate of Bryan High School where he played football and baseball.

Roy was a plumber by trade.  He started out working for Earl Robinson at Robinson Plumbing.  He then moved to Moore Supply and would later work for Bryan ISD.  Roy had also worked for the City of Bryan Parks and Recreations working the softball fields and Texas A&M Athletic Dept where he worked the gates at the home football games.

Roy worked for Lone Star Softball for more than 30 years where he was Greg’s right hand man.  He was gone nearly every weekend working softball tournaments often missing birthday parties, graduations or any family gathering.  From League City to Mansfield or wherever the next tournament would be held…you could find Roy Dean in the trailer.  Even though he would miss functions, he was probably the happiest at the softball fields!  He lived and breathed softball.  He would often cook hot links for the umpires.  He was known for taking summer sausage and cheese, beef jerky, candy and whatever else just so he could share with everyone.  He never met a stranger!  Roy met a lot of people through softball and you can guarantee he remembered every single person’s name!  EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM!  The softball community would become Roy’s second family.  He was very well known throughout the softball community and was VERY loved!!  Roy was also known for having his big rings on nearly every finger!  He was honored and proud of being inducted into the USSSA Hall of Fame.  He was proud of that ring along with his Budweiser State Championship ring and Lone Star Softball ring.

He loved sports…ALL sports!  Basketball, Baseball, Softball and Football!  Dallas Cowboys were his team!  Win or lose, you could catch him “talking smack” on Facebook, text messages, or in person.  He was a die-hard fan for sure.  Once you got him stirred up, he would start calling out stats LOL.  He also loved his Fightin’ Texas Aggies!  His baby sister would often tease him about the Aggie War Hymn being his motivational music.

Roy also loved to play poker, sing, dance, listen to music and spend time with family and friends.  He loved to be the jokester and keep people laughing.  He didn’t like confrontation.  He wanted everyone to be happy go lucky…just like him.  He was there if you needed advice or if you just needed to vent.  Roy was the person to give you the shirt off of his back if you needed it.  He was Santa at our family Christmas gatherings.  He would also make an appearance elsewhere as Santa.  When Roy was home and had down time, you could often find him playing his video games.  And you could also find him sitting on the counter at the pawn shop hanging with Kenny and the fellas watching for the next great deal of the century. LOL  He actually knew every worker at every pawn shop from one end of Texas Ave to the other.  And if he saw something he thought you may want or need…you could definitely expect a phone call.

Roy was a son, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew, friend, brother-in-law, dad and poppy.  He did all of these with pride and most of all with love.  Roy was ALWAYS a giver and was NEVER a taker.  He was loving, kind, loyal, trustworthy, thoughtful, forgiving, caring and had a heart and smile as big as Texas!  Roy will be remembered the most for his strength and his will to fight.  He fought until he took his very last breath.  He was definitely NOT a quitter.  And you can “WTD” write that down!

Roy is preceded in death by his parents Alton and Rosemarie Dean, niece Rochelle Dean, nephews Wesley Batson and David Castillo and an aunt Dora Henry.

Roy is survived by his baby sister and caretaker Sandra Dean and husband Thomas Norrell, sisters Deborah Junek, Barbara Kucera and husband Billy, brothers Arthur “Dino” Dean and wife Debbie and Chuck Dean and wife Rebecca, his son Douglas Dean and wife Mary, grandchildren Dalton Dean, Kymber Dean and Shelia Budnik.  Roy is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews along cousins, uncles, aunts and an abundance of friends!

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  1. We will miss you Teddy Bear. You were a wonderful, caring, loving friend.
    We were lucky to have met you. We love you & will miss you Teddy Bear.

    Look over us…specially all of your ballpark family.

  2. RIP thank you Roy for all the sweet treats you would bring to Sandra at work I enjoyed them as well. My deepest condolences to the entire family prayers for you all.

  3. Roy was a true friend and was always smiling. I first met him at BRAC in 1992 when I moved here looking to play softball. He was and has always been a very sweet, kind and generous person. He always had a joke to tell or a bat to sell. He loved being at the ballpark either playing, coaching or cheering you on. I will miss him so much. Rest In Peace my friend.

  4. To all the family of Roy Dean, My dearest condolences. He was my Uncle Roy in law I guess you would say. But even though he was not blood kin, he would always be there to help when I was in trouble. They took me in and gave me a place to stay due to family violence. He will always be family to me. I will never forget your big heart. God Bless your son Doug. He had the best daddy ever! Prayers for your family. Terri Whitley Wheeler

  5. Our love and prayers are with y’all. Roy always had the most kind and loving spirit and always a gentle hug for me. We’ve been friends since BHS and practically lived at the ball fields together for decades. He will be sorely missed. I hope your family can find peace in knowing that his old aching knees and back finally feel divine. Sissy Heath and I are blessed just by knowing him.

  6. Hugs, love, thoughts and prayers to all the Dean family. Roy was a wonderful man and always made me smile. I’m going to miss our FB messenger chats. Special doesn’t come close to the friend he was. You will be extremely missed and always loved.

  7. To Roy’s family Bobby Evie Paige and Heather just want to send our condolences. He was one of our dearest friends and godfather to Paige. I remember when we asked him to be godfather and I’ve never seen a man light up so much. He will be missed by us and I know many more. We love you Roy!

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