Dean K. Wadsworth, 88, a resident of Burlington, passed away on January 1, 2019 at the Creekside Senior Community.
Dean was born on June 6, 1930 in Tacoma, WA, the son of Grace Rogers Wadsworth. He was raised in Tacoma until the mid-1930’s when he and his mother moved to Hawaii, and thanks to a Japanese nanny he was speaking fairly fluent Japanese by the age of 7. Pre WWII they returned to Tacoma where Dean graduated from Stadium High School in 1948. At age 18 he went to Boston, alone, and attended and graduated from MIT, returning to Washington where he attained a Master’s Degree in Geology from the University of Washington.
Dean served his country in the U.S. Army towards the end of the Korean Conflict.
After the war Dean made his home on a small farm in Bothell and worked as a cab driver for Yellow Cab in Seattle for over 30 years, and was one of their highest requested and highest fare earning drivers for many years. After his retirement in 1988 he moved to a small farm in Sedro-Woolley where he lived until 2012 when he moved to Burlington.
Dean enjoyed tinkering on his farms, was an avid reader, very knowledgeable on world affairs and for those who knew him he was very humble for his intellect.
Dean had never married and had no siblings. He is survived by close friends Jeff Cook of Bothell and Paul Cook of Everett and Daniella Huey of Sedro-Woolley, and preceded by close friend Eddie Kosbab.
A time of visitation will be held on Friday and Saturday from 9 to 5, and on Sunday by appointment at Lemley Chapel in Sedro-Woolley. Inurnment will be held at a later date.