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John L. Deans
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 19, 2013

John Landry Deans, age 64, of Pleasanton, Texas and formerly of Voca, Texas passed away at his home on Thursday, August 29, 2013. He was born February 15, 1949 in Brady to M.F. “Peanut” Deans and Betty (Landry) Deans.

John L. attended school in Brady and was a proud Aggie graduate of the Texas A&M Class of ’71. As a long time resident of the Voca community, he farmed and ranched a great deal of his life there, but was also an active member of the Brady community and served as a business owner and insurance agent. In later years, his strong work ethic continued as an adjuster for crop insurance and dedication with catastrophic storms, both locally and across the United States.

John was a vocal conservative, registered Republican and an active member of the NRA who thoroughly respected his right to bear arms. He was a very loving, giving and strong-minded man with a tender heart who spoke the truth and expected no less. His greatest love was spending time in the hill country at his beloved ranch with his close friends but especially his family. He absolutely treasured the opportunities to share his passion for the outdoors and his avid love of hunting, fishing, horses and gun appreciation. His proudest moments occurred when he was able to do just this with his grandchildren whom he adored. Passing down his talents, sharing his skills and enjoying the heart-felt interaction were considered a true gift to him.

John Landry Deans will be deeply missed. For his strength of character, his genuine laughter, his undeniable sense of humor, his sincere friendship and his authentic ability to remind each of us about the significance of right and wrong and what is truly important in life.

John L.’s wishes were for his remains to be cremated. A memorial service, near his home in South Texas, for John L. was held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, September 13th, 2013 at the Oak Island United Methodist Church, 3030 Devilbiss Lane, San Antonio, Texas. A second memorial service, near his ranch in Voca, was held 1:00 p.m. Monday, September 16th, 2013 at the Heart of Texas Events Center, 804 Highway 87 North, Brady, Texas.

Friends may view John L.’s Memorial Video Tribute and sign the online memorial guest book at

Honorary Pallbearers were Dean Christy Jr., Bub Gage, Carrol Dunn, Barry Myrick, Billy Smith, Leslie Stone, Gary Thompson, Virgil Warren and Joe Word.

John L. is survived by his loving wife, Janey Beck Deans of Pleasanton; his wonderful children, daughter Mandy Hagood and husband Ron of Cedar Park and son Randy Deans and wife Haylie of Brady; sister Janie Deans of Camp San Saba; brothers Barry Deans and wife Angelina of Voca, Mike Deans and wife Nicole of Frisco; brother-in-law Reece Beck; mother-in-law Peggy Beck of Pleasanton; several loving nieces and nephews that he held close to his heart; former spouse Linda Deans and her extended family; many dear and special friends and most importantly his five incredibly awesome grandchildren, Olivia, Brooke and Brogan Hagood and Dillon and Cooper Deans.

He was preceded in death by his father and then his mother whom he dearly cherished. Flowers and plants are welcomed. (Burnt orange is not. Gig-em!) Memorial contributions in memory of John L. Deans may be made to the Voca Community Center, % Ann Shussler, P.O. Box 7, Voca, Texas 76887 and/or the Voca Cemetery Association, % Larry Henderson, P. O. Box 113, Voca Texas 76887.

Arrangements entrusted to Leatherwood Memorial Chapels.

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