Richard Twain Dean, 44, of East Palatka, passed from this life unexpectedly from natural causes on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Putnam Community Medical Center. Born in Palatka, Twain had lived in various places throughout North Central Florida including Hilliard, Callahan and St. Cloud before returning to Putnam County a few years ago. Over the years, Twain had worked a number of places including Publix, Disney World and at Moose Haven Retirement Community in Orange Park. He was a member of the College Road Church of Christ in Palatka. An avid Gator and Bluegrass Music fan, Twain also enjoyed fishing, bowling, mowing, singing and playing Wheel of Fortune on his Wee. Twain was a very loving husband. Each night Twain and Elizabeth would say to each other, “I love you to infinity and beyond,….forever and forever, Amen!”
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alton and Eileen Dean, Arnold and Lura Haddock and his step-father L.J. “Jack” McMath.
Twain is survived by his wife of just over a year, Elizabeth Tubbs Dean of East Palatka, his mother, Helen Haddock McMath of Palatka, his father and step-mother, Donald Lamar Dean and Brenda Dean of Lawtey, a step-daughter, Holly Elizabeth Bencun of Madison, AL, 2 brothers, Lamar Dean and wife Christa of Middleburg and Patrick Aaron “Pat” Dean and wife Dawn of Kenansville, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Mike and Lydia Tubbs of East Palatka, his grandparents-in-law, Leon and Amy Tubbs of Sebring and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family.
Services celebrating Twain’s life will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the College Road Church of Christ with Bro. C.L. Overturf, Jr. officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of services at 11:00 A.M. The interment will be at 4:00 P.M. Saturday at Haddock Cemetery in the Kings Ferry Community in Nassau County.
Flowers are gratefully accepted or memorial donations may be sent to the Mount Dora Children’s Home, 301 W. 13th Ave., Mount Dora, FL 32757.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Twain’s Book of Memories Page at www.johnsonoverturffunerals.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.