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Dean allen Carmen

May 9, 1960 ~ June 7, 2018 (age 58)


Dean Carmen, 58, died unexpectedly in his Boise home on June 8th from complications of COPD. Dean was born on May 9th, 1960 to Rae and Allen Carmen in Seattle, WA and attended school in Aiea, HI. He returned to the Puget Sound area of Washington shortly after high school, and relocated to Boise in 2005. He is survived by his daughter, Jessica, grandchildren, Ben and Olivia, brother, Ross, and his kitty-companion, Mellie. 


Dean was an avid angler, nature enthusiast, culinary artist, bibliophile, music lover, and intellectual. He spent his career primarily as a forensic and mechanical engineer, working for Motive Power (Wabtec), Boeing, D3 Technologies, and IBM. 


As his daughter, I can attest to the deep love my father had for his family. I describe him as logical, methodical, meticulous, knowledgeable - a bit of a know-it-all, in fact. He was a hopeless romantic, finding love with many wonderful women. He looked forward to passing his love of fishing to my children. He taught me to drive, to make decisions based on logic not emotions, and do things right the first time. 


His life was not without struggles. In 2013, he was burned terribly in an unfortunate incident with an espresso maker, eventually causing the loss of his left hand and forcing him into early retirement. He suffered from lupus, PTSD, and chronic pain. While he endeavored for sobriety, his addictions sometimes prevailed. I take solace in knowing he is now at peace, and in the company of his mother, father, and brother, Wade. 


As per his wishes, Dean was cremated and will be spread in part with his brother and parents in Hawaii, and in the Madison River, near Ennis, Montana. No public memorial service is planned, but you are encouraged to celebrate his life as you see best. 


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