Dean James Adraktas
  • 49 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 11, 1965
  • Date of passing: Aug 28, 2014
May his memory be Eternal

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Dean Adraktas. He was born on February 11, 1965 and passed away on August 28, 2014 at the age of 49.
He was adored by many people. His only desire in the end was to be with Christ. Dean's dedication to his faith has served as a catalyst for us to "pray without ceasing." 

Please share your favorite Dean story under the "Stories" tab. Thank you.  

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by joan Adraktas on 28th August 2017

    Dean loved the geat outdoors....he loved getting to the highest peaks, knew all their names and altitudes. When Katherine came along he found the perfect mate. I loved hearing the wilderness esp mountain biking stories. (I didn't know he kept her bike in shape for her when they were dating)  Katherine shared some of this at Dean's memorial gathering.
   I remember how happy Dean was to be with us all for the holidays after he had moved away. He wanted to help me wash my "special" dishes...handling them like treasures with his big hands. And loved playing Kings Reverse card games with Granpa and Grandma (ultra serious cardplayers) If his friends called during the games he said he could not go, that was so good. We will always miss the special person he was."

This tribute was added by Annette Behm-Caldwell on 28th August 2017

"Happy Heaven birthday Dean.  Thinking of you today with a few tears but more smiles and laughs.  The first weekend we met, a Thanksgiving holiday I think, we all played a song lyric game.  You kicked everyone's butts thanks to your AM radio time.  Also recall watching some really bad movies with you and enjoying your expressions and comments more than the movie.  Thank you for the love you share with our family and put in a good word for us with The Big Guy.  So happy your pain has ended and your eternal life has begun."

This tribute was added by A Fay Behm on 28th August 2017

"Thinking of you in your Heavenly home and thanking God for your life--what an amazing effect you had /still have/ on people.  Born with the gift of great friendship and open love.  You are an original and your life has so greatly influenced our family in the best of ways.  Katherine & Dean, a great pair meant for each other.  With love and prayers to you and yours."

This tribute was added by Katherine Adraktas on 3rd July 2017

"Another holiday without Dean. WWII movies, jazz & the perfect spot to watch fireworks. You are missed."

This tribute was added by joan Adraktas on 11th February 2017

"Thinking of Dean especially today, all the memories...I am wondering what his opinions would be on what is happening in the world, our own country and indeed our own family. He had such a sense of humor, so unique. And was very serious and thoughtful about the things he cared about deeply. Wish he could have seen all the places I have been fortunate enough to visit, he would have loved it."

This tribute was added by A Fay Behm on 30th August 2016

"Two years ago we said our goodbyes but you remain a part of our everyday life.  What a guy's guy you were, flexing those muscles, power lifting, being a prankster...But you were equally soft and kind and funny when needed....for you it was about making people feel appreciated and happy...inserting humor when ever you could.   The memories of you do not fade but do become dearer to me as time goes by--I wish for one more day but -- I will wait for eternity to spend that with you and our other loved ones."

This tribute was added by A Fay Behm on 11th February 2016

"Oh Dean-o, I miss you smiling face and great sense of humor--many times I think of you and say to myself "Dean would love this."  So young man, you remain close in our hearts and thank you for loving and caring for Katherine for all those years.  What a team you two were!  Give her a boost when she needs it--I know you are "all seeing", dancing, laughing and eating and enjoying all heavenly things!  So say a prayer for those of us you left behind and we look forward to seeing you in eternity!"

This tribute was added by Katherine Adraktas on 9th January 2016

"I love you and I miss you so much"

This tribute was added by Katherine Adraktas on 29th July 2015

"We all love Dean more than ever! May his memory be eternal. Only happy memories!"

This tribute was added by Katherine Adraktas on 1st June 2015

"Here we are at the beginning of June. Great strides are taking place with ALS research!  The Dean Adraktas Fund for ALS is at $38,223.00! Thank you to everyone who contributed and plans on contributing in the future!!! GOD BLESS!"

This tribute was added by Katherine Adraktas on 23rd April 2015

"The Dean Adraktas fund is at $32,883.00
Thank you contributors!   Please keep Dean in your prayers!"

This tribute was added by Katherine Adraktas on 13th February 2015

"The Dean Adraktas fund is at $37,723.00
We'd like to see it at  $50,000.00 by the end of 2015.  

Please help us make this goal. This disease will keep taking the lives of people we love unless we commit money to research.

Please Please donate something today"

This tribute was added by Katherine Adraktas on 30th December 2014

"I miss you more with each passing day. Truly, you were my better half! I love you more than ever."

This tribute was added by Victoria Adraktas on 1st December 2014

"Two candles lit in churches in Loreto, Mexico in celebration of having the greatest brother ever..."

This tribute was added by Katherine Adraktas on 12th November 2014

"I'm not a huge poetry buff, but I always adored this poem. I'd occasionally read it aloud to Dean, as it always made him smile. Then he would crack a joke and we'd proceed with our day..

It's by Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)

To My Dear And Loving Husband

If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee.
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me, ye women if you can.
I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold,
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that rivers cannot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee give recompense.
Thy love is such I can no way repay;
The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray.
Then while we live, in love let’s so persever,
That when we live no more, we may live ever.

Isn't that lovely? I miss you Dean."

This tribute was added by Katherine Adraktas on 23rd October 2014

"October 23rd 2014. It's been two months since Dean fell asleep in the Lord. I'm happy he left such a marvelous legacy for all of us to draw upon. I have so many wonderful, warm memories; it keeps me smiling throughout the day. I hear his voice as clearly now as I always did. May his memory be eternal."

This tribute was added by Victoria Adraktas on 12th October 2014

"Oh brother where art thou?  I know you are in heaven with angels and fabulous colors and things we can't fathom.  But that doesn't make me miss you with an ache that is constant and heavy.  I feel closest to you when I hold on to the green cross I got at your church and pray.  I hope you hear me....  Veeeek"

This tribute was added by Vivian Miranda on 19th September 2014

"I met Dean at a Halloween party while in college.  He was dressed as the Terminator-he looked just liked Arnold!  He played the part perfectly; in fact I don't think he ever took off his terminator glasses.  Blessings to you and your family, he was a fun-spirited man and he will be missed."

This tribute was added by Katherine Adraktas on 18th September 2014

"21 days ago, Dean was freed of ALS; yet is continuously, acutely missed with each passing moment.  When I think about Dean throughout the day, I stop and pray. I'm closest to Dean when in prayer. God, please bless and love Dean."

This tribute was added by Rachael Ustorf on 16th September 2014

I only met you once, but you left an indelible mark upon me. I am so sorry I didn't get to see you again before you left. I guess I just assumed that someone as full of life as you would just be there whenever I got myself back to California and was lucky enough to meet up with you and Katherine again.  

I'm sorry I didn't make it. Katherine - I"m sorry to you, too. When you're ready, I would love to see you again and catch up. Thinking of you,


This tribute was added by Katherine Adraktas on 11th September 2014

"Luke 11 v. 9
9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
Luke 12 v. 8
8 “I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God. 9  But he who disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels of God.
Luke 21 v. 27
27  At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift your heads because your redemption is drawing near.”
John 3 v. 16
16: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 6 v 35
35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.
John 11 v 25
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”
John 12 v 25
25 “The man who lives his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.”
John 14 v 6
6 Jesus answered:  “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me. “
John 20 v 29
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Acts 17 v 31
For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all by raising him from the dead.
Romans 6 v 23
23  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 10 v 9
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
1 Peter 5 v 4
And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
2 Corinthians 5 v 10
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
1 John 4 v 15-16
If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
Deuteronomy 6 v 4

Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Philippians 4 v 3
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Proverbs 3 v 34
He mocks proud mockers  but shows favor to the humble and oppressed."

This tribute was added by Katherine Adraktas on 11th September 2014

"Happy early 16th Wedding Anniversary Dean. I am with you now as much as ever. I am praying (or attempting to) without ceasing. I love you and I miss you so much."

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