Former Apopka City Commissioner Billie Dean, an iconic figure in the Apopka community, has died at the age of 89.  Mr. Dean served on the City Council for 24 years and retired in 2018 as the vice mayor.

Prior to his political career, Mr. Dean was a teacher in the Orange County school system, including terms at Phillis Wheatley and Apopka High School. He was beloved by his students, many of whom are community leaders today.

Former Apopka Commissioner Billie Dean

Mr. Dean also served in the military during the Korean War, earning the Bronze Star for his heroism on the battlefield while a member of the US Army.

Mr. Dean lived through a tumultuous time in American history that saw his family flee their home in northern Florida to avoid the threat of a lynching.

Mr. Dean also served as a member of the Florida League of Cities, as a board member of the Lake Apopka Natural Gas Board, and as a Council for Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching (CARET) representative for Land Grant Colleges and Universities on behalf of Florida A&M University, his alma mater.

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  1. I just learned of the passing away of Mr. Billie Dean, this morning on social media. My husband and I were in Publix, earlier this week, and we talked with Mrs. Dean, and she told us that Mr. Dean was not doing good, and that he had been in the hospital for a month, but was now back at home, but was not eating or drinking, and her voice was breaking, and she was on the verge of tears. I sent Mr.Dean a card, a get well card, with words of comfort, and encouragement, to let him know he was very much loved, and cared about, and that he was not alone. I had no idea he was going to pass away so quickly when I mailed him the card. Mrs. Dean, if you read this posting, just know how much we cared about Mr. Dean and you too. We love you both, and our hearts go out to you. We are so very sorry, as we know how hard it is lose someone you love and cherish. God bless you, and we will miss seeing him around town, and always picking at us, and joking with us. He was my husband’s Ag. teacher, way back then, many many moons ago, at Apopka Memorial High School. Yes, he was a great man, who had a long and wonderful life, with so much community service to others. RIP Commissioner Billie Dean. If there is anything we can do, Mrs. Dean, to help you in any way, just let us know. Again, we are so very sorry.

  2. Billie Dean was a phenomenal human being. Our families were neighbors in Pine Hills many years ago and he and Mrs. Dean we’re great friends of my parents, Dr. and Mrs. Dennis and Anne Jackson. He was kind, and generous with a ready smile and a hearty laugh, constantly looking for someone to tease, usually my father. He always had the most beautiful lawn in the neighborhood. Rest In Peace Mr. Dean. You touched so many lives while on this earth. Thank you for everything. You were a good soldier. Love, Donna, Danna and Lee Jackson.

  3. When I was a young Agriculture Teacher first in Osceola and later in Orange County Mr Dean was always very helpful .. Such a kind man .. My condolences to his family, friends and FFAmily too ..

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