Dennis Crean was a fine man and a great friend to many in Dunwoody, his sudden passing saddens me deeply and he will be greatly missed by all who know and love him.
Visitation - Thursday, November 05, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
H.M. Patterson & Son-Arlington Chapel - 173 Allen Road Ne,Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Funeral Service - Friday, November 06, 2015 11:00 am
All Saints Catholic Church - 2443 Mount Vernon Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338-3003
Dennis Michael Crean, 75, a resident of Dunwoody, GA, passed away on Sunday, November 1, at Emory University Hospital in the loving arms of his wife of 53 years, Marie Beaton Crean. Born on April 2, 1940, in Chicago, IL, Dennis was the son of Chester L. Crean MD and Norma Gaulke Crean. He is a 1958 graduate of Loyola Academy and 1962 graduate of Loyola University of Chicago. Dennis and Marie were married in 1962 at St. Gertrude's Catholic Church. Dennis joined the founders in bringing the former HBO & Company to Atlanta in 1979 and was a pioneer in the hospital information systems field as a sales and marketing executive. His early retirement afforded him the opportunity to expand his church, charitable, educational, environmental, and community service work. He volunteered on numerous boards and generously supported dozens of causes with his time, talent, and treasure. He established an endowment at Advocate Healthcare of Chicago. He developed his beloved north Georgia property into what is now Buck Shoals State Park. He was active in the Dunwoody community with the Rotary Club, Knights of Columbus, All Saints Catholic Church, and City of Dunwoody. Dennis was a decades-long fan and season ticket holder for both the Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons. He was an avid golfer at Dunwoody Country Club, and his love of travel with his wife and family took him all across the country and around the world. Dennis was the loving father of four children: Dennis M. Crean Jr. and wife Heidi Grosskamp Crean of Redwood Valley, CA; David B. Crean of Dunwoody, GA; Brian P. Crean of Greensboro, NC; and Alison Crean Rosch and husband Richard H. Rosch of Athens, GA. He was the caring grandfather "Papa" to Owen D. Crean, Erin M. Crean, Aidan M. Crean, Evan R. Rosch, and Michael D. Rosch. He is also survived by siblings Martha Ann (Crean) Wyatt and husband James Wyatt of Rolling Meadows, IL, and C. Lee Crean and wife Lynn Sarpy Crean of New Orleans, LA. In all he did, his Catholic faith guided and gave meaning to his life. The family will receive friends on Thursday, November 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., with a rosary service at 8 p.m. at H. M. Patterson & Son Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Rd. NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, November 6, at 11 a.m., at All Saints Catholic Church, 2443 Mt. Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, GA 30338, with reception following. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in the memory of Dennis Crean to Mercy Care Foundation, 1100 Johnson Ferry Rd. NE, Suite LL80, Atlanta 30342, www.mercyatlanta.org/donate