On Thursday, November 19, 2020, Dean Thomas Ott passed peacefully with his brother at his bedside at the age of 70.
He will be remembered by family and friends who knew him as a kind, generous, intelligent and disciplined man, with a love of learning, the Warren Dunes, the environment, and social conscience. He was an inventor, entrepreneur, roofer, and Air Force veteran. Dean was known for his ability to lend an ear anytime, day or night; as well as, his long, entertaining stories, which he loved to repeat often. He was known for his excellent taste in music, love of reading, chatting online, interest in prime numbers and quantum physics, documentaries, radio shows, and the occasional whodunit. He survived the military, Chicago’s 1968 riots, numerous motorcycle accidents, being run over by a Mack truck, jumping out a 2nd story window, falling off a 2nd story roof, and the pandemic…to be taken out by Stage 4 oral cancer (since like one of his favorite presidents he never inhaled).
Born August 12, 1950 in St. Louis, Missouri, he was preceded in death by parents, Neil and Rita, and infant siblings, Rolf and Alan. Former husband and friend of Diana Ott. Loving father of Kimberly (Jonathan) Miller, Stephanie (Charles) Ott-Monsivais, and Melissa (Oracio) Melendez, who is expecting. Proud grandfather of Faith Brooks, Kaitlyn Garcia, Johnathan, Faith, Brenden, Christian and Kaiden Ball, Angelo Melendez, Adriana Robles, and Anthony and Arcello Valadez. Brother of Neil (Julie) Ott, Rita Ott-Pinheiro, Mary (Mark) Nicholson, and Lisa (Rob) Blaker. Further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends, and his dog, Cubby.
Because of his love of science and learning, Dean donated his body to the Anatomical Gift Association in perpetuity.
Memorial services to be determined when the pandemic subsides.
Finally, we ask that if you value freedom of choice that you write your Congressman in support of Death with Dignity policies as Dean was disappointed to learn he would not have as much freedom and control in death as he did in life.
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