February 3, 2011

Dean McDaniel Jr.


Memorial service for Dean McDaniel, Jr., 59, of Dallas, Texas, former Chickasha resident, will be at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 in the Chapel of Sevier Funeral Home, Chickasha.

McDaniel Jr. was born March 21, 1951, in Chickasha, the son of Dean and Helen

(Knight) McDaniel.  Dean died January 31, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.

At the time of his birth there were a number of small hospitals in Chickasha and Dean was born in the hospital two blocks from their home.

He attended elementary, junior high and high school in Chickasha graduating in 1969.

Dean listened very closely to his father as he grew up: he recognized the value of an education and emphasized in a very positive impact on what it could do for an individual. 

Dean recalled at one point in his discussions his dad saying, “I’ll buy you all the books that you need and support you in college for as long as you attend, get as many degrees as you wish.”  This was the context of Dean wanting to pursue his PHD, following receiving hismasters in 1975.  Because of his father’s zeal for education, he earned a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees, one as recently as 2008.

Immediately following his high school education, Dean enrolled in Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts for the summer session. 

Two of three classes were of special interest to him. The first was a biology class on invertebrates-this fueled the fire for his pursuit of a degree in biology. The second class was a speech class; it terrorized Dean, and confirmed at least at that point that he could never give a speech to a public audience. That terror stuck with him until his mid 40’s at which time he successfully overcame it, when his friend and boss suddenly passed away and he was thrust into running the organization for about nine months.  

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