Dean N. Meyer

Dean N. Meyer

It is with deep sadness that family and friends mourn the loss of Dean Nordman Meyer. Dean passed away peacefully, in his sleep, on Sept. 27, 2021, at 94 years of age.

Dean was born on Feb. 15, 1927, in San Francisco, Calif., to Leo and Viola Meyer. He grew up in Hillsborough, Calif., and attended San Mateo Junior College. He also attended UC Berkeley for a short time.

Dean was a WWII veteran. During the war, he was on his way to fight in Japan when the atomic bomb was dropped, bringing the war to an end. Dean finished out his term living in Japan.

Dean met his future wife, Shirley, on a double date while living on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. She was actually the date of his roommate when they discovered that she and Dean had attended grammar school together. They dated, fell in love, and one year later were married on Valentine’s Day, 1958. They began their married life in Mill Valley, Calif., and Dean took over his father’s insurance brokerage firm, Leo W Meyer, LTD, in San Francisco.

In 1968, Dean was elected mayor of Mill Valley for a two-year term. He was also appointed by the mayors and councilmen of Marin to the Golden Gate District Board of Directors, serving from 1968-1974. During this time, Dean was instrumental in implementing the ferry system from San Francisco to Marin County.

In 1975 Dean and Shirley moved north to Hayfork, fulfilling a life-long dream to live on a ranch. In the early 1980s Dean was elected as a Trinity County supervisor and in the late ’80s was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the newly created California Transportation State Commission.

Dean and Shirley lived happily in Hayfork for over 40 years, raising three children and managing their 240-acre ranch until Shirley’s passing in 2015.

Dean was a father to Doug Meyer, Dan Meyer (Connie) and Susan Meyer. He was also a grandfather to Matthew and Samantha. Dean was proceeded in death by his parents, Leo and Viola Meyer and also his brother, Bruce Meyer.

Dean was an avid skier and owned and built, with his father and brother, one of the first cabins at Alpine Meadows in North Lake Tahoe. He enjoyed working his ranch in Hayfork and loved being involved in politics. He was a great talker. He loved being the center of attention and always had a story to tell ... and tell ... and tell. He could make anyone laugh and always held a happy smile. Dean was deeply loved and will be sorely missed.

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