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Former Clarksville manager dies at 56

SoVaNow.com / May 08, 2013
Former Clarksville Town Manager Carl Dean died Thursday of an apparent heart attack. He was 56 years old.

Dean was participating in the 10th annual Holly Springs Economic Development Partners golf tournament when he collapsed. Two EMTs playing in the same tournament attempted to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at Rex Hospital in Raleigh.

In honor of Dean, an avid golfer, the town will rename the Economic Development Partners golf tournament, The Carl Dean Memorial tournament.

Dean began his career in local government in Clarksville, serving as the town manager under former Mayor “Buck” Buchanan in the early 1980s.

Steve Roberts, who served on Town Council during Dean’s three-year tenure, said of Dean, “I thought he did a good job, and I hated to see him go.”

After leaving Clarksville in 1985, Dean was the Assistant County Manager in Burke County, NC and then City Manager of Dunn, N.C., before landing the job as City Manager in Holly Springs in 2001. During his tenure in Holly Springs, the town grew from a sleepy village of 400 to a town of 25,000.

Dean kept his ties to Clarksville even after his job took him away. He maintained a home in Clarksville, and would occasionally return to the area on vacation. He also was a regular supporter of the Lake Country SPCA. Said local realtor David Howell, “[Dean] always had a golf team in PUTTS for PAWS.” At the PUTTS for PAWS this year, Dean was talking about repair work he planned to do on his Commerce St. house.

Dean was preceded in death by his wife, Bess, and leaves behind a fifteen-year-old daughter.

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