October 6, 2023, Marshall Boyce Dean, 80, of Greenville, South Carolina, passed away with his beloved wife Theresa at his side. A sudden heart attack ended his long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Marshall was born on February 3, 1943, as the only child of the late Marshall Pope Dean and Madge Pitts Dean in Macon, Georgia. In 1961, he graduated from Butler High School in Butler, Georgia and went on to attend Auburn University. At Auburn he joined the Kappa Sigma Fraternity where he made many of his closest friends. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1965 and remained a lifelong Auburn football fan.
After graduation Marshall joined the Army National Guard. While waiting to go on active duty he relocated to Daytona Beach, Florida where he started his career in insurance claims and investigations with Crawford and Company. Shortly after arriving in Daytona Beach, he met the love of his life, Theresa, on a blind date. They married October 21, 1966, and turned their sights towards Atlanta, Georgia. In Atlanta, Marshall was employed with Fireman’s Fund American Insurance Company and Associated Aviation Underwriters. His last career move would be to join U.S. Aviation Insurance Group, “USAIG”, in 1976, where he remained for the next 33 years until his retirement in 2009. Upon retirement, Marshall enjoyed discovering many new passions, like his standing Monday morning golf game, delving into the past through genealogy, volunteering at Roswell United Methodist Church with the Job Network, and helping others prepare their taxes and learn computer skills at the Roswell Adult Center.
Aviation was Marshall’s vocation and first love. He recalled being fascinated with airplanes as one of his earliest memories. In a word, Marshall was curious, and his inquisitiveness and keen intellect drove all his pursuits. His passion was aviation – be it piloting gliders and planes or investigating all manner of aviation mishaps. The love of gliding through the air was soon followed by gliding across the waters of Lake Lanier where he became an avid sailor. You could find him most weekends sailing with family and friends. Traveling the globe by air and sea was also part of every year, he was always up for the next big adventure!
In addition to his wife, Marshall is survived by daughters, Tammy Dean Cayou (Nick), Patsy Dean Saye (Jeffrey), and Penny Dean Singer (Jon); grandchildren, Anna Grace Cayou, Jacob Cayou, Taylor Saye, Carley Saye Crawford (Scott), Julia Singer, and Lucas Singer; and a great granddaughter Charlotte Crawford.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. in Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes, Southeast Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation to further Parkinson’s Research at www.michaeljfox.org or The Egbe Medical Mission at www.egbehospital.org.
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