James S. Dean

James S. Dean, 62 of Nassau Bay, Texas passed away August 20, 2014.

James is survived by his loving wife Kathleen, mother Frances, brothers Patrick, David and Dewey, sisters Doris, Linda, Deborah and Tammy, brother in laws Homer and Kurt, sister in laws Carol, Brenda and Donna, nephews, John, Patrick, Michael, Donald, Tim, Hank and Bobby, nieces Kim, Roxy, Sabrina, Heather, Stephanie, Beth and Amy.  He adored his 4 grandchildren Colin, Carter, Carly and Lauren.

James graduated from Angleton High School and continued on to Stephen F Austin and the University of Houston where he earned multiple degrees  and majored in geology.

James worked for Atinum Energy Investments. James was a Geologist for thirty-seven years in the oil and gas industry, with the last six years at Atinum Energy. He truly encompassed what a Geologist should be because he loved every aspect of it! He found joy in looking at everything from the simplest well log, to complex prospects – anything that would help improve the company. He was a wonderful colleague and mentor who had lots of advice and expertise to

share. Everyone at the office will truly miss his endless storytelling and the humor he found in everything. His contribution to the company will be greatly missed, but most importantly we will miss his presence.

James was an active University of Houston Alumni involved with the College of Technology and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Cougar Cookers and the University of Houston Alumni School Supply Drive.

James was an honorary TKE and chapter advisor.   He touched countless lives of many of the University of Houston’s finest young men.

A visitation will be held from 6-8pm Friday at Crowder Funeral Home in Webster.  A funeral service will be at 12:30pm Saturday, August 23 at the funeral home.  James will be laid to rest in the Forest Park East Cemetery.



  1. A great Cougar… faithful and loyal. God bless you all. Tommy & Elaine Ebner

    elaine ebner
  2. James was a great person. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

  3. Frater James,

    The friendship, counseling and values that you instilled will always be valued and remembered by all of us in EO TKE and the University we represent. Especially during troubled and tedious times you “the few” have always been there as an philanthropy volunteer, friend and frater.

    Speaking from my heart, you and Kathy have made a difference in all of our lives. Especially mine. I know I have been blessed and always will be thankful for the friendship and direction you have given me.

    Yours in the Bond,
    Scott Early E.O.601

    Scott Early
  4. James was a truly wonderful and amazing man. Full of life, stories and nothing but positive energy. He has made a difference in so many lives, he will be so very missed.

    daniel silverman
  5. James was a long time friend and neighbor. He was a great guy will be miss by so many. May God bless his family during this difficult time.
    Pat Flinn

    Pat Flinn
  6. James,
    You are a good friend and you will be missed. It is hard to put into words how much you meant to all of us who knew you. we have lost a true brother.
    Later Frater.

    Kevin Sharp
  7. I had heard of James Dean before I ever met him. What I heard made him sound like some kind of “star”. The very first day he shook hands with me, telling me he had heard of me, though I did not know why. I felt important. From that day I noticed that he was a person who did just that in our group of TKE Alums and families. He liked talking with all of us, wives and children alike. He was interested in people around him and what they might like. Of course we all did well as he navigated the TKE Cookers so that we could enjoy as he and his team worked hard to make that happen.

    Football games are not the same without the “James Dean start”

    Crista Reuss Glover
  8. My friend, my frater…. I will always value the advice and council.
    TKE EO 748

    Adam Little

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