MORRISTOWN -- Dean E. Walts, Sr., 80, passed away Wednesday morning June 26, 2019, after a courageous 23-year battle with Parkinson’s, at Riverledge Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, Ogdensburg, while under the care of Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley, with his loving family by his side.
Born on November 21, 1938 in Evans Mills, he was the son of Everett L. and Rosetta L. Shorkey Walts. He was a 1956 graduate of Evans Mills High School and a 1962 graduate of Oswego State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Arts.
Dean married Suzanne R. Calhoun of Theresa, on July 4, 1959 in Gouverneur. This coming July 4th would have been their 60th Wedding Anniversary.
In 1962 he started teaching at Lansing High School, Lansing, NY and in 1964 he began teaching Industrial Arts at Canton High School, Canton, NY, for 18 years. He was also owner and operator of Laurentian Pool Sales, State Street, Canton, NY, installing and maintaining pools, since the 1970’s, into the early 1990’s.
Dean was a member of the Benz Pond Hunting Club and the Azure Mountain Hunting Club.
He enjoyed boating, hunting, woodworking, puttering around and spending time with family and friends.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Suzanne; three children, a daughter, Wendy Falvey and companion, Dean Swift, Canton; a daughter and son-in-law, Tracy and David Elliott, Canton; a son, Nicholas Walts and companion, Ammie Bird, Greenland, NH; 5 grandchildren, Chris Falvey, Allison, Morgan and Maggie Elliott and Emiley Walts; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Carolyn O’Neill, Clayton and Rita and Gregg Grant, Theresa; nieces, nephews and cousins.
His parents, a son, Dean E. Walts, Jr., a brother-in-law, Alfred O’Neill and a niece, Chandra Grant, all passed away previously.
There will be no funeral or calling hours. Arrangements are with Frederick Bros. Funeral Home, Theresa, NY.
Donations may be made the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at michaeljfox.org or to a charity of one’s choice.
Condolences may be made online at www.frederickbrosfuneralhome.com.