A Sacred Moment


Dean Brian Guess

February 18, 1957 - October 27, 2016

Dean was a strong, gentle man who had a passion for life

Dean Brian Guess left our world too early on October 27, 2016 from complications of sudden cardiac arrest.  Dean was born on February 18, 1957 to Delbert LaVern Guess and Theresa Rosemary Lauzon Guess.  Dean arrived the second child of triplets between brother Del and sister Daphne. 

Dean attended school, grades 1-12, in Yakima Washington and college in Seattle Washington, graduating from the University of Washington.  Dean graduated with a degree in Forestry and began working full time for St. Regis Paper Company. In November, 1979 Dean began his 34 year career at Hood River County with his position in the Forestry Department.  At Dean’s retirement from Hood River County he was the Director of Public Works which included Parks and Buildings, Museum and Weed and Pest. Dean retired from Hood River County in 2013 and moved with his wife Sandy to Marysville, Washington to be near family. 

Dean developed an interest in house construction as a teen helping his Mom remodel their home.  This interest became a profession for Dean outside of his county job resulting in completion of several houses and remodel projects in the Hood River area.

Dean was a strong, gentle man who had a passion for life and loved helping family and friends.  After retirement Dean was able to realize his dream of RVing around the country and wintering and golfing in Arizona.  He had an extreme passion for fly fishing and always took a rod with him, whether to a local stream or Maui. 

Dean will be profoundly missed by his family and the many friends he made during his life.  Dean is survived by his wife Sandy, his four legged girl Gemma, brother Del Guess (Carolyn), sister Daphne Martin (Chuck), sister Dorie Behrstock (Herb), sister Linda King, sister Lynda Baccetti (Rod), brother Michael Milford (Sandra), sister Patricia Isard (Geoff) and many loving nieces and nephews. 

Preceding him in death were his parents, brother Dennis Milford, and brother Roger Guess.


A Celebration of Life will be held for Dean on November 19, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Hood River Valley Christian Church, Hood River Oregon.


A Farewell


Flow down, cold rivulet, to the sea,
Thy tribute wave deliver:
No more by thee my steps shall be,
For ever and for ever.

Flow, softly flow, by lawn and lea,
A rivulet then a river:
Nowhere by thee my steps shall be
For ever and for ever.

But here will sigh thine alder tree
And here thine aspen shiver;
And here by thee will hum the bee,
For ever and for ever.

A thousand suns will stream on thee,
A thousand moons will quiver;
But not by thee my steps shall be,
For ever and for ever.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

i'll hold them, love

We've shared our lives these many years.
You've held my hand; you've held my heart.
So many blessings, so few tears –
Yet for a moment, we must part.
The memories you've given me
are times I've shared with my best friend
I'll hold them, Love.
Right here they'll be until we share our lives again.

T.C. Ring

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