Alan “Dean” Frizzell, 56, a longtime resident of Sedro-Woolley, passed away at his home on March 14, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.
Dean was born in Sedro-Woolley on June 8, 1960, the son of Olin & Lois (Gaspard) Frizzell. Dean spent his childhood growing up in California and then Bellevue, WA until the family returned to Sedro-Woolley in 1970. He graduated from S-WHS with the class of 1978.
Dean then began a 20 year journey that most do not survive. This journey provided him the motivation, inspiration, and personal experience that propelled Dean to the top in his field. In 2004, Dean graduated with a Degree in Human Services from Skagit Valley College. Specializing in Chemical dependency he began a career that culminated in saving many lives. From his beginnings at Skagit Recovery center and throughout his final days with Phoenix Recover Center, Dean counseled, educated, and inspired those traveling down that road that Dean had become all too familiar with. He approached each person, with humility and compassion, respect and the strength of our Lord, leading many to live a life free from the catastrophic disease known as addition.
When Dean was diagnosed with cancer and told to make the most of his time remaining, he immediately set out in an attempt to construct a place for anybody searching for Freedom; Freedom from addiction, from conflict, freedom from that which prevents the reward of living a life of commitment with ease and grace. He got a good start on it.
Dean is survived by his children, Ryan Wheeler, and Acee Frizzell of Spokane and Jake Mitchell of Lyman; grandchildren, Malibu & William Shaw of Spokane; siblings, Dennis Frizzell and wife Audrey of Sedro-Woolley, Gail Spurrier and companion Tom Barber of La Conner, Laura Sanders and companion Randy Ensley, Suzanne Durkee, Dale Frizzell, Jennine Pressnell all of Sedro-Woolley, Kenneth Frizzell and companion Sonya Avery of Jacksonville, FL and Rhonda Dugan of Sedro-Woolley, who from the moment of Dean’s diagnosis never left his side; Aunt Jollene, who, through her loving care and attention, provided such comfort to Dean and his family, making it obvious where Dean inherited his grace and humble manner. He is also survived by numerous cousins, who Dean loved, and who provided him with the memories that made him laugh the longest. So many Aunts and Uncles, all of whom at one time or another, seemed at close as a parent who you could talk to at any time. Dean was blessed to have many truly great friends; two of whom are Rick McConnell and Mike McConnell. It was Dean’s good fortune when a decision was made, several years ago, to share the large “Frizzell” family home with these 2 brothers. The writer apologizes for the inability to know where to begin listing those closest to Dean. But to you all, with gratitude so deep, thank you. Dean was preceded in death by his parents, Olin & Lois.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 1:00 PM. at Lemley Chapel in Sedro-Woolley. Interment will follow at Sedro-Woolley Union Cemetery. A Pot Luck Reception immediately following services will be held at the Sedro-Woolley Community Center.