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Dean M. Bartarian

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Dean Marvin “Dino” Bartarian, age 52, a beloved husband, son, brother, father, grandfather, family member, and friend passed suddenly on Friday, May 8, 2020, from a heart attack while at home.

Dean was born on December 30, 1967, in Detroit, Michigan, to parents Walter (Marv) and Marie Bartarian. In his youth, he lived in Roseville, Michigan, until his parents moved in 1984 to Vanderbilt, Michigan. Afterward, Dean moved a few more times and settled lastly in Gaylord, Michigan.

His life may have been cut short, but he touched the hearts of many while he was with us. In his death, he has impacted the lives of others who have benefited from his Gift of Life donation, which was a strong desire of his.

Besides enjoying spending time with those dear to him, Dean was a talented woodworker, craftsman and enjoyed building and designing custom furniture, from detailed molding to a wooden cross. His finished projects would inspire, and that brought him much joy.  He collected Petoskey stones; many would become part of his artwork. As a hobby, he spent time with his dad, rebuilding a 1932 Ford Deuce Coupe hot rod. Dean was a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoyed playing the guitar, which he even hand-built a few. His kindness, humor, and hearty laugh will be fondly remembered.

Dean’s love for and bond with his family continued as an adult when he grew and added to his own family. He had three daughters, Brandy (Corey) Williamson, Elizabeth, and Janice Bartarian. He would become the stepfather of Niki (Frank) Verlindi, Aleah Henion, and Tommy Danforth. He became known as “Papa” to eight grandchildren. Another ‘family member’ Dean cherished was his long-haired Chihuahua, Walter (Wally), man’s best friend, he lovingly named after his own dad.

Dean will be missed every day by his wife of 16 years, the love of his life, Amy; his mother, Marie (Ronald) Maurer; brother, Paul (Melanie) Liss; sisters, Connie (Kasey) Day, Kim (Dan) Spreeman, Brenda (Bill) Raymond, his grandmother; Leona Peplinski, his children; and his many wonderful aunts, uncles, numerous cousins, and great friends.

After his father passed in 2007, Dean’s mother, Marie, would go on to remarry in 2011, to Ronald Maurer. Dean gained six stepsiblings; Diane (Mark) Fargo, Kevin (Carol) Maurer, Brian (Penny) Maurer, Scott (Lisa) Maurer, Myron (Jodi) Maurer, and Cindy (Andrew) Burg.

Dean was preceded in death by his beloved grandparents; Paul and Eleanor Bartarian, and his grandfather; Ed Peplinski. His father, Walter Marvin Bartarian, and his granddaughter, Lyndsey Marie Covieo.

A memorial for the celebration of Dean’s life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions, in his honor, may be made to the American Heart Association, www.heart.org.

19 comments on “Dean M. Bartarian”

  1. It was an honor to have met him. My father in law told me stories. I loved seeing his motor cycle when he had to go out. He will be missed.

    • Jerry/Andrea Barterian

      Cousin, you will be missed dearly. Amy, we are so very sorry. Wishing you love and peace during this very sad time.

      • So sorry for your loss. I hope that you’ll be able to heal by bonding together with all your great memories. ❤️

        • Dick and Bev Cherwinski

          Such a shock for us all, Our sympathy to all his family members. Dean was always such a kind and considerate neighbor. He will certainly be missed by all who knew him. Please keep all updated for the future celebration.

          • Candice Agattas

            Amy and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, may you all have the strength to help each other through such a tragic difficult time. I will always remember our fun card nights together, hugs sent your way. May he live through you all with the fun loving memories you all keep close to your hearts.

            • Amy, Marie and Brenda, We are so sorry to hear about Dean/Breeze. Our hearts break for you while I picture two smiling faces when Father and Son meet up again in heaven. Love, Collette and Mike (Iceman) Hoeft

              • Tony Barterian

                Dear family
                I’m saddened by the news of Dean’s passing. Dean had a kind and gentle spirit about him. From hunting together in Ubly MI to family get-togethers, I always enjoyed his company. I will miss him.

                • Liz and Hugh Noeske

                  To Amy and all of Dean’s family, we will truly miss Dean. We learned to love Dean and who he was. He was always honest and helpful to us. May God Bless your family through this hard time.

                  • Amy I want you to know that I am thinking of you. I am sorry you lost Dean and but in time you will come to understand that he is always with you . Hope all is well with you. Uncle Bill

                    • Patty (Walther) Wilcox

                      Amy, Marie and all of Dean’s family, I’m so sorry to hear of Dean’s passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Sending love and hugs.

                      • Karyn Day Doran and Kevin Doran

                        For all who knew and loved Dean, Allow the love of others to lift you in this time of grief. We are so sorry to hear of the sudden loss of Dean.

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