RIP: Senator Nathan Dean

June 8, 2013 13:03 pm

by Buzz Brockway · 3 comments

We just received word that former Senator Nathan Dean passed away this morning. We offers our condolences and prayers for the Senator’s friends and family.

Dean served until 2004. Dean was elected to the state House in 1964 and served there until 1974. He was elected to the Senate in 1975, serving 20 years before leaving office. He represented Polk County as well as parts of Bartow, Haralson and Paulding counties. The District 31 seat today is held by Bill Heath, a Republican from Bremen. Dean has been honored repeatedly throughout the Senate district, especially in Rockmart with his name on the community center, area highways and other tributes.

sockpuppet June 8, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Condolences to Dean’s family, friends and other loved ones. Incidentally, you did not disable comments for this post, as is your custom and is an entirely appropriate and correct one. Please do so. Thank you.

Chuck Shiflett June 8, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Back in 1996 I was on the Bartow County Board of Education… the only elected Republican in Bartow County at that time. We held a ground breaking for construction of the new Woodland High School. All the local movers & shakers were there, including Nathan. They didn’t know Nathan and I had known each other since I was a teenager… so right in front of them I walked up to Nathan with a straight face, put my hand on his shoulder, pointed to the road leading into the school site, and said really loudly, “Nathan, I’m glad you came today, but we are NOT naming that road after you!” You could see the blood drain from the faces of all the local leaders… they just knew the state money spigot would dry up. Then Nathan started laughing and we all got a real chuckle out of it.

While we disagreed on issues from time to time, he stayed in touch with me, even calling from the senate floor before a big vote on more than one occasion to explain why he was voting the way he was. RIP Nathan.

Tiberius June 8, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Wonderful man. When I worked for the General Assembly, he would tell us stories of his incursions into Iowa in 1976 for Jimmy Carter and the famed “Peanut Brigade.” Living history.

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