Dean was born and grew up in the cornfields of Illinois. In 1974 he graduated from Monmouth (IL) College and came to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona Law School. He never left and since graduation has been in the private practice of the law.
He married Ilene in 1978, they have two adult children, Allen (married to Jenny) and Eric. All family members have one or two degrees from the U of A and are big fans of the University and its athletic teams.
Dean joined Kiwanis de Amigos in 1986 and has been Secretary, Vice President and President as well as serving multiple terms on the board of directors. Over those years, he has enjoyed the camaraderie of many members in multiple projects serving the youth of the area. In addition he has been involved in many community activities in his years in Tucson, including establishment of the Tucson Musicians Museum.