J. Dean Christy, 94, of Amarillo died Wednesday, July 18, 2018.
Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 21, 2018, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Aaron Summers of Coulter Road Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Dean was born September 7, 1923, at Humboldt, Arizona. He attended Austin High School in Austin, Texas. J. Dean enlisted in the U.S. Navy on February 14, 1941, and was assigned to the Second Marine Air Wing at San Diego Naval Air Station. He served in the South Pacific in 1942, and was involved in the Invasion of many of the South Pacific Islands. At the invasion of the Palau Islands 60% of the men were killed and he never received a scratch. He was discharged from the Navy on August 6, 1946, with an honorable discharge.
In August 1946, he entered Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas under the GI Bill. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in 1950, as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree. He received his Master’s Degree in Business in 1955.
Dean married Sarah Kean on July 20, 1955.
His first job was an Internal Auditor for a financial corporation where he remained for 5 years. In August of 1958, he and Sarah moved to Amarillo, Texas and he was the financial vice-president of a local corporation. He remained there for 28 years until retirement in 1985.
Dean served six years on the Amarillo City Commission from 1977 to 1983. He served nine years on the Hospital Board at High Plains Hospital, now Baptist Saint Anthony’s Hospital. He was the chairman of their finance committee and approved all financial transactions.
He and his family joined the Avondale Baptist Church in August 1958, and have not moved their membership. This church moved to a new location two times and changed their name two times and is now Coulter Road Baptist Church. He served on many different committees and as deacon and Sunday school teacher during the time of his membership.
Survivors include his wife, Sarah; four children, Paul (Wynella), Donna, Brenda and Barry; grandchildren, Christy Vela, Robin Segovia, McKenzie Christy, Evan Darnell, Benny Darnell, Jessica Darnell, Wesley Darnell, Justin Darnell, Jennifer Christy, and Kade Christy; and great-grandchildren, Brooke McKinney, Carter Bates, Reyna Segovia, Jisella Segovia, Gunner Segovia, Dean Segovia, Nathanael Darnell, Levi Darnell, and Lillie Darnell.