Los Gatos Death Notice: The Rev. Dean Charles Ellern

Faith leader made his mark by serving with love and dedication in Bay Area Presbyterian churches.

The Rev. Dean Charles Ellern, June 26, 1936-Nov. 27, 2013. Courtesy Kirk Ellern
The Rev. Dean Charles Ellern, June 26, 1936-Nov. 27, 2013. Courtesy Kirk Ellern
—Submitted to Los Gatos Patch by Kirk Ellern

The Rev. Dean Charles Ellern, a resident of Los Gatos, died Nov. 27, 2013 of heart disease. He was 77.

The Rev. Ellern was born in Lewiston, Idaho on June 26, 1936 and grew up in the area of Spokane, WA.

He was a learned man having graduated from Whitworth College 54-57, UCLA 57-59, and San Francisco Theological Seminary 59-62.

The Rev. Ellern spent the bulk of his life working at and with Presbyterian churches and community organizations around the greater Bay Area.

He was a member of the Presbytery of San Francisco and a fellow member of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences 67-75.

In May 2012, he and wife Lavonna moved from their home in Santa Clara to El Sombroso Oaks in Los Gatos.

He is survived by his wife, his children Nadean of Tacoma, WA and Kirk of Reno, NV and their families; Lavonna’s daughters: Adrienne, Michelle and their families.

He also leaves a twin sister, Donna of Lubbock, TX and a younger brother, David of Palmdale, CA.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos.

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Jeremy Barousse December 10, 2013 at 02:39 PM
God Bless!
Jesse Ducker December 10, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Timothy Scott Gorsulowsky December 10, 2013 at 04:46 PM
May God richly Bless the family during this most difficult time. It is a Blessing to have our Pastors that give their life to Preaching the Lord's word.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz December 10, 2013 at 10:10 PM
My Condolences 2 The Family & Friends.
Marilyn Leonard December 11, 2013 at 01:09 AM
My thoughts are with the family and friends. Be strong.


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