Dean Craig Bennett, lovingly known as "PoPo" to his grandchildren, passed away at his home at Lake Limestone on Sunday, September 17, 2023. He was 64.
A Celebration of Life service will be arranged at a future date.
Dean was born in El Paso, TX. on May 13, 1959, to Charles Ray Bennett and Bettie Chatherine (Pearson) Bennett. After living in Pampa, the family moved to White Deer when he was in Junior High. Dean graduated from White Deer High School in the Class of 1977 and pursued a higher education at Texas State Technical Institute in Amarillo, where he received an Associates of Science degree in Electronics.
Dean was united in marriage with Katrinka Lynne Cates in May 1980, after they had met in 1976 at a basketball tournament and reconnected in 1978 while she was a senior in high school. They were married in her hometown of Fritch.
Their son and daughter were raised in Friendswood. Dean coached Wesley in baseball and filmed his football games to share with the coach and teams. He enjoyed helping Amber with her equestrian activities. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing and shooting air rifles. Dean valued the importance of education, learning, working and sharing his knowledge with others, including co-workers, his kids and their friends.
The Bennett home welcomed the neighborhood kids and friends of Wesley and Amber. He encouraged all with lectures, furnishing school supplies where needed and feeding them lots of meals.
Dean retired December 31, 2021. He was proud of his 40 years working for Applied Automation in Bartlesville, OK, Phillips Chemical HCC/Chevron Phillips in Pasadena, and Chevron Phillips Chemical Cedar Bayou in Baytown.
Dean and Lynne acquired property at Lake Limestone seven years ago where he dreamed of moving to after retirement. They moved three months ago and two month later he was sadly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Dean was a man who loved his family. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Ray Bennett in 2019.