It is with sadness that we report Pattaya City Expat Club Member Jerry Dean passed away on November 17, 2017, at the age of 71. Jerry was a member of the Governing Board since 2012; he was the driving force in creating the Club’s social media sites – Facebook and YouTube. Jerry was also our audio/video “expert” who created the informative pre-meeting slide show and presented our speakers slides and photos on the big screen during the meeting. He was a frequent visitor to Pattaya from 2002 until he retired and moved here in 2007.
Jerry was from the USA where he was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on September 26, 1943. Jerry was a minister in several churches in Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, and Tennessee over a 10-year period and did 3 overseas “Campaigns for Christ” in Europe, South America and the Caribbean.
Although he contemplated becoming a missionary, he instead went into the family business which was involved with Restaurant Equipment Sales and Service from 1970 to 1996. He started a new business in 1993 which rented a “Dunking Booth” on a part time basis. When his primary business was destroyed by floods in 1996, he went full time with his second business and started renting out all types of games and inflatable games to the public.
Jerry was also involved with social organizations such as the Optimist Clubs serving in both as Vice President and President. He was also honored to serve as Lt. Governor (twice) 84-86, Governor Elect 88-89, and Governor of the Arkansas District, Optimist International 90-91; credited with building more than 50 new clubs when he was Governor. He continued his dedication to community service after coming to Thailand where he was active with the Optimist Club of Pattaya City and served as their President. He also became a member of the Friends of Youth, Pattaya City, in 2008 and served as President from 2010 to 2013.
He is survived by his beautiful Thai lady, Anyachat (Unn) Thanayaathiwat and in the USA by his two children Jeff and Jeanna, his mother Ruby, brother Roger, and sister Beverly.
He will be sorely missed by all his friends and fellow Expats here in Pattaya.