Dean Endres, Professor Emeritus Southwestern Community College.
Born July 29, 1933, in Wahoo, NE. Died May 17, 2010 in San Diego, CA.
Dean was the eldest of three children born to Lyle and Lila Endres.
In 1943 the family moved to San Diego, where Dean graduated from Kearny High School in 1950. He attended San Diego City College before joining the San Diego Police Department, 1955.
In 1957, Dean married Joan (Palmer) Endres of San Diego. They raised two sons.
Dean then worked in auto mechanics and was encouraged to become an educator. He taught in the Regional Occupation Program and did course work at UCLA. He graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Industrial Arts. His specialty was automotive technology.
Dean taught at Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista for 29 years.
During his tenure, he felt fortunate to work with exceptional colleagues who became lifelong friends and shared the goal of enabling students to obtain gainful employment. All were especially proud of those that started their own businesses.
On retirement, Dean renewed his private pilot license and spent many hours at Gillespie Field in El Cajon. He enjoyed the comradeship of plane ownership, and aircraft building and rebuilding projects. Dean continued to be drawn to automotive design and spent many creative hours in the production of custom vehicles with his amigos Bill and Joe. During retirement, Dean was an employee or volunteer at all three transportation museums in Balboa Park. At SD Model RR Museum he served as Ed. Dir. At SD Aerospace Museum he was an Educator and Manager of Volunteers at the Gillespie Field facility. He helped prepare the former California building to receive the SD Automotive Museum as a volunteer in early days, and was an Educator there. More recently, he served as Manager of Volunteers.
Dean is survived by his loving wife of 52 years and their sons: Jeffrey and wife Katrin and a grandson; and Todd Endres, all of La Mesa. Sisters-in-law: Alice Buck and Elaine Kennedy of San Diego, Nancy and husband Don Jones of Vista, Eva Hale of Cloudcroft, NM; and their children. A celebration of Dean's life was held at the Endres family home in La Mesa on Sunday afternoon, June 6, 2010.