Michael Talley Dean

Born: 12/17/1952 Passed:

Michael Talley Dean, affectionately called “Mike” by his family, was born, prematurely, on December 17, 1952. He weighed a mere two and a half pounds and his mother loving shared “he looked like a little mouse”. He was born at City Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio and baptized at St. Edward’s Catholic Church. He was the 3rd child of Helen M. Johnson and John W. Dean.  Michael was preceded in death by his father, John Wesley Dean and older brother John Wesley Dean II “Little John”; his paternal grandparents, Johnny O. Dean and Minnie; and his maternal grandparents, William Talley and Ruth.

Growing up, Michael played Pee-Wee Football at Woodhill Park. He later played High School Football at John Adams High School, playing the positions of halfback and running back. He attended St. Edward’s and St. Timothy Catholic Schools in Cleveland, Ohio. Michael was a student of the martial arts earning his Black Belt in Karate.

Michael joined the United States Marine Corps in October of 1970. Michael served with honor and distinction and received several medals and meritorious honors. In December of 1971, Michael was recognized as Marine of The Year for his “devotion to duty and exemplary conduct” and for having “established the high standards of performance”. Michael achieved the rank of Lance Corporal and was honorably discharged from service in 1976.

Michael had many interests, however Ballroom Dancing became a fast favorite. He studied and enjoyed the art for well over 10 years, according to his instructor, LaMont Stewart.  As an Associate Member of the Gentlemen of Ballroom, Michael traveled to Detroit, Michigan for events and seminars.  He took part in sponsoring various Ballroom Dance events throughout the area and even served as instructor, when the opportunity arose.  He was dedicated, loved to dance, and suave in his moves and dress.

Michael enjoyed life and the people in his life.  He was a volunteer at Cocaine Anonymous, taking calls and providing support for those in need. He received an honor from the Mayor of Cleveland for his service.

Michael transitioned from this earthly life on Monday, September 21, 2020, in the late afternoon hours.  He leaves to cherish his memory and honor his legacy; mother, Helen Marjorie Johnson; sisters; Carmella R. Weaver (Vincent), Gina D. Dean-Bey (Darryl) and Katrinka E. Dean; brother; Steven Johnson (Melissa); daughter; Sharon Drummond; nephews; Demetrius J (whom Michael affectionately called “Money”) and John Jr.; nieces; Monique, Rene, Corin,  Alycia and Nikkaia; best friend, Eric Horton and a host of cousins and friends.

Michael was fun, always laughing and always having a joke to share. He loved attending concerts and parties and Eric tells us there are so many stories that cannot be printed here.  Michael was very light hearted and he loved and cared for his family. He would keep in touch, reaching out to each of us. He will be missed by all who knew and grew to love him.  Our lives will never be the same without him and we are better people for having known and loved him.

Humbly submitted, The Family



22 Tributes to Michael Talley Dean

  1. Lewis and Gwen says:

    My condolences to family and friends of Michael! I’ve known Michael for more than 28 years. You will be missed!

  2. Cynthia Ali says:

    My Condolences To The Michael Dean Family ⚘

  3. Wanda Benford says:

    Mike was a good Ballroom Dancer and friend. May his soul Rest In Peace. Wanda.

  4. Sharon Davis says:

    We had the pleasure of knowing Mike for several years. He was a customer of ours at the K & S Nightclub and Lounge. We had become great friends. We would talk at least 2 times a week. We will truly miss him. Our condolences to the family.

    • Jimmy C. says:

      To the family of of Michael D. you are in my thoughts and prayers, my condolences to you all on the passing of Mike from his earthly labor to his heavenly reward. Earth has no sorrow heaven cannot heal. The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.

  5. Shirley Nixon says:

    My condolences to the family of Michael! Michael
    was the first call for help I made over 23 years ago. He had remained a dear friend of mine! He was always very supportive and a gentleman to me and he will always be in my heart! I will miss you my friend!

  6. Andrea Dargan-Whatley says:

    Stacy & Andrea Whatley, our condolences to the family. We will miss you Mike, especially your smile & your sense of humor. Always friends!

  7. Michael Hughes says:

    Mike was one of the first men I met when I came into recovery. I was honored to know Mike. He was a funny but serious friend. I will miss you my friend, Rest in Heaven Mike Dean. God bless the family in their time of lost.
    Humbly Mike Hughes

  8. James Bowden says:

    I am saddened by the loss of a brother Marine,and a dear friend. I will miss you much.

  9. Kay Gunn (Mickey) says:

    Dear family , our prayers are with you for it is written “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death , I will fear no evil for thou are with me .Know that you are never alone and GOD is your strength.

  10. Toy & Stacia Robinson says:

    Your extended Dean family is right beside you in spirit– neither the distance nor the pandemic can shrink the love God has enplaced in us to share with each other during this loss. Lean on Him, his strength is good for us all. God Bless!

  11. Sheila and Leon Lanier says:

    To the family and friends of Michael, we extend our heartfelt prayers and deepest sympathies to you, but most of all our love. May God give Michael peace and everlasting joy as he joins the heavenly fold of angels and saints. God Bless.

  12. Kimberly Bright says:

    My condolences to Katrinka and family. You are in my thoughts and prayers, “Earth has no sorrows, that heaven cannot heal.”

    • DALE KIDD says:

      Michael was a constant companion when it came to dance and sports. He talked about spiritual aspects to travel. He was solid with what he felt was right and had strong convictions concerning recovery. He mentioned that we would be connected always and that is true. He will always be in my thoughts and heart. I offer my prayers to the family and friends because he will be truly missed.

  13. Lisa Lucas-Burke says:

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story about Michael. I didn’t know him personally, but share in the loss with my DST sorority line sister Katrinka. My condolences to the Dean family, and may Michael live forever in each of your hearts.

  14. Pauletta Miller says:

    My condolences to the family

    I will miss dancing with Michael

    Rest in Peace

  15. Celeste Malloy says:

    My deepest sorrow for Michael’s mother Mrs. Johnson, Carmella, and the all of his family. A special thanks to Carmella. You were right Michael, we are friends for the rest of our lives. See you later! Love Celeste

  16. DALE KIDD says:

    Me and Michael learned Ballroom Dancing and even traveled to out of town affairs. We converse about many topics from spiritual to sports. He was solid in his convictions and recovery is the biggest one. Mike always said we would always connected and that is so true. I will always think of him and carry him in my heart. My prayers go out to the family and friends.

  17. Pamela Porter says:

    My deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Micheal.

    I met Micheal in ballroom class. He was always smiling, joking and working on perfecting his ballroom technique.

    I will miss you, my friend.
    Rest In Peace and Love

  18. LaMont Stewart says:

    Mike truly enjoyed ballroom classes. He was ALWAYS the first one in class on Wednesdays at Indian Hills. Mike would always be excited to learn new steps. He also enjoyed teaching new people different moves. He and I would talk on occasion about adding different moves in the next class.
    Prior to his demise we would talk about his illness and how my wife had the same cancer. However, he never spoke like it was challenging his sprite.
    R.I.P. my friend!

  19. Muhammad Qadeer says:

    I always respected mike do to the fact that every year when we would have our scholarship dance he would always bring his mother!!! peace and blessings to the family, Rest in Peace Muhammad Qadeer

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