Monday, December 22, 2008

Dean W. Pettit

Dean W. Pettit, 71, passed away on Monday, December 22, 2008, at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints. He was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on June 3, 1937, the son of John and Inez (nee: Peterson) Pettit.

Dean was united in marriage to Marie ‘Tita’ Pacheco in 1989 at Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church. He served in the United States Air Force. Dean was a member of Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church, an active member of Racine Educators Association, and a member of the Executive Committee. In addition he also ran for alderman.

He was employed with the Racine Unified School District for more than 40 years, most recently at Case High School. Throughout his life Dean enjoyed reading, writing poetry and was an avid editorial writer. He was a man with a voice of reason. He always said, “There is an educational moment.”

Surviving is his wife, Tita; daughters, Rebecca (Chad Marek) Pettit, Gabriela (Dennis Bayuzick) Pettit and Jamaica (Brian Bowman) Pettit; sons, Salvador ‘Alex’ Gezan and Ivan (Veronica) Gezan; grandchildren, Ahnna (Matthew) Thornton, Lauren Pettit-Scantling, Kevin Pettit-Scantling, Alexander Pettit, Tetyana Pettit, Alexandra Gezan and Nicolas Gezan; mother, Inez McDonell; sisters, Marlene (Matt) Heavner and Sharon Painter; brothers, Monte Pettit, David Pettit and Sheldon Pettit. He is further survived by 32 nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memorial services will by held at Sturino Funeral Home on Saturday, December 27, 2008, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Tony Larsen officiating. Private inurnment will take place at West Lawn Memorial Park. There will be a visitation on Saturday before services from 11 a.m. until time of service.

Memorials to one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

He fathered some and nurtured many.

Sturino Funeral Home
3014 Northwestern Ave., Racine 262 632-4479


Anonymous said...

Mr. Pettit was my son's favorite teacher at Case High School. He was very shocked by the news of his death. Our prayers go out to his wife and children. You were very lucky to have such a kind and gentle man in you life.

kkdither said...

Dean was a terrific human, an outstanding teacher, a mentor and a dear friend. He always stopped by to ask how you were doing and was willing to spend the time to listen. He was a deeply thoughtful, very intelligent person who wasn't shy to speak his mind when he felt strongly about something. I am saddened by his passing. We will miss him so very much.

Anonymous said...

Mr. pettit was a very kind and loving person. he was a very great teacher and always made sure people were treated equal in his class. It just doesn't seem real that hes gone. i really miss him already. it will be really werid going back to school and not seeing his face. he always stop and see how your doing.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Pettit was one of my favorite teachers while I was attending Case High. It's just too bad that I was only in his study hall class. He was a real good man. He will be love and missed. rip Mr. Pettit.
your former student Carlos Barbosa

Nathan Lukow said...

Dean Pettit was not only an amazing teacher, he was an amazing person. I learned far more important things than English from you, I learned dozens of invaluable life lessons. R.I.P Dean Pettit. I, and t he rest of you students love and miss you greatly. I will never forget the things I learned from you.

Michael Grieve said...

I have been employed at Case High School for a year and a half, I had the pleasure of having several conversations with Mr. Pettit. I have to say that he was the most thoughtful person, obviously very intelligent and very passionate about issues that really mattered. I wish I had known him longer.