Delmer Dean Blue

February 22, 1932 - February 16, 2020

Delmer Dean Blue was born February 22, 1932, in Cleveland, Texas, to Delmer N. and Lou Ella Johnson Blue. He passed away February 16, 2020. He grew up and attended public schools in Cleveland. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He then attended the University of Texas in Austin utilizing the G.I. Bill of rights and received a B.S. degree in Architectural Engineering in 1959. He worked as Student Trainee Engineer for the Bureau of Reclamation while attending the University. After receiving his degree, he worked in the Engineering Division for the State of Texas for four years, the U.S. Housing and Home Finance Agency for two years and twenty-three years for the U.S. Public Health Service. He was Director of Engineering Services for the last fifteen years with the Public Health Service. While in this position he was responsible for the management of an organization of Architects, Engineers and support personnel in the planning, design and construction of health, educational and research facilities in a 28 State Region serving Native American Tribes and Federal Facilities, such as the U.S. Public Health Service Hospitals in New Orleans and Galveston, the National Hansens Disease Center in Carville, Louisiana and the National Center for Toxicological Research in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He had a distinguished career and received numerous awards for his service with a highlight being presented an award for excellence in engineering management by the U.S. Public Health Service Surgeon General Everett Koop. He was a licensed Professional Engineer for over 55 years. After retirement from the U.S. Public Health Service in 1988 he provided Consultant Services to Native American Indians in the management of planning, design and construction of over thirty-five health and educational facilities throughout the United States. He continued to provide these services until 2016 when he again retired to have more time with family. 

His early years of church membership was Baptist. He attended Methodist Churches for the past 50 plus years. He was a member of Custer Road United Methodist Church and the Jubilee Class for many years and a member of Prosper United Methodist Church after moving to Prosper in 2007. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees and Administrative Council at several churches as well as member of the District Board of Trustees.

He is survived by his loving wife Betsy Louise Blue who was a blessing to have in his life.  During their 38 year marriage they put family first by providing care and assistance with grandchildren after their children were grown.  Also survived by children Patricia Blue-Casey, Linda St. Romain and husband, David, Brian Blue and wife, Armin, David Blue and wife, Shelley, and Christopher; grandsons, Rick and wife Raelyn, Matt, Forrest and wife Kate, Brian Jr., Garrett and Mason; and great granddaughters, Aubrey, Rylie and Kaiden; sisters, Kathy, Jerrianne and Betty Ruth.

He is preceded in death by his father Delmer N. Blue, his mother Lou Ella, stepmother Ruthie Mae, first wife Patsy Ann, brother Douglas N. Blue and sister Rosa Marie.

If you don’t blow your own horn it may never be heard.  Dean Blue

Family and friends are invited to a Visitation on Thursday, February 20, 2020, at Berkshire Chapel, 9073 Berkshire Drive, Frisco, Texas, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held here on Friday, February 21, 2020, beginning at 2:00 p.m., with Pastor Melissa Hatch officiating. Interment will follow at Ridgeview West Memorial Park, 7800 Sanctuary Drive, Frisco, Texas.

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Dear Betty and family, We are so sorry to hear of Dean’s passing. He did so much good for our church, our community and the Public Health Service, especially in his work for Native American Health Centers. We deeply admired him and considered him a friend. We will miss him as will the community. Our prayers are with you and your family. Bill and Beth Remington, February 22, 2020 Miss Betty and Mason, Abigail and I are so sorry for your loss. We love you guys and we are praying for comfort and peace during this difficult time! Betty, when you're ready I would love to get together and just hug and love on you. I’m so sorry I will not be able to attend today, I have baby Nevaeh. Love to you both! God bless.
Stephanie Buck, February 21, 2020 Susan and I are so sad to hear about your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Susan and Charles Chabannes, February 20, 2020 Dean was a truly wonderful man of God who served selflessly and loved deeply. Heaven just got a little sweeter with Dean’s homecoming. May God bless Betty and Dean’s entire family with His peace that passes understanding and comfort that only He can provide. You are in my prayers. Teri Tingdale, February 20, 2020 I’m truly saddened to hear of Dean’s passing but also grateful the Creator has taken him home. I have such fond memories of Dean when he worked with us, Fort Belknap Tribes of Montana, on our new health care facilities in the mid 1990’s. He always had the people’s —- patients best interest in the planning, design and construction. Dean was an exceptionally good man, leader, mentor and friend. My heartfelt condolences to his wife Betty and all that love him. Rest In Peace my friend.
Janice Chase, February 19, 2020 I knew Dean when he lived in Dallas when I was going to Hillcrest High School the same time as Pat and Linda. He was so kind to me. I never saw him upset or mad. He was a gentle giant. My condolences to the entire Blue family. Maury Shapu, February 19, 2020 I just heard of and am saddened by Dean's passing. As the Director of Engineering Services (IHS) in Seattle, I worked closely with Dean on many Indian Heath Service projects, both when he was employed with the IHS and after his retirement serving as a private consultant for various Indian Tribes. Dean was extremely well respected and appreciated throughout Indian Country. He served as an advocate for the IHS and Indian Tribes. To me he was a good friend, coworker, mentor and just an all around good, decent human being who cared about and respected others. My deepest sympathy and condolences to the family as Dean is remembered. God bless all.
Kenneth R. Harper PE, February 19, 2020 The news of Dean's death grieves me deeply. His fairness and principled approach to all his work with the Indian Health Service was a living example of how to "Do it Right" to all of us at Flintco. We remember Dean as a man of absolute integrity, no matter what. His humor lightened up our jobsites and I believe we all felt that we would get a fair shake from Dean, that if we did our honest best, he would have our backs. He was fair to subcontractors and general contractors, and always put the Tribes' best interests foremost. Dean knew how to cut through governmental red tape, he knew how to give a young superintendent valuable lessons in life skills, and he knew how to be a leader. And he knew how to have fun and how to put others at ease. I admired Dean more than I can say. All of us at Flintco who had the joy and honor of working with him back in the "early days" cherish his memory and we carry with us the example he set and the knowledge he imparted. Rest in Peace, Dean and know that all of us at Flintco hold you in the highest regard. Robin Flint Ballenger former owner of Flintco Robin Flint Ballenger, February 19, 2020 Dean, You were a wonderful friend and mentor. We learned so much from you about life and love. We will always be here for Betty and Mason. Thank you for bringing the love of God to our door. Your wisdom has spread light in our lives and you will always be remembered. Tiziana and John Kanouse, February 18, 2020 Dean was a wonderful neighbor, a great friend and a true brother in Christ. He always had time to visit with people and share his insight and knowledge on many topics. I enjoyed our opportunities visiting in the park, working on church and neighborhood projects together and just talking about life in general. He was a true Texan whose spirit and character is rarely seen today. Betty, we are praying for you as I know you will miss him so. We can all take comfort that he is in heaven now with our Lord and his earthly struggles have ended. I am confident God is saying well done good and faithful servant.
Tom Loper, February 18, 2020