Born on Oct 2, 1932, Matheson, Colorado to the Parents of Mary and Lovell McKellip. The family moved to Idaho in the fall of 1935, settling in the Melba area. Dean attended grade schools at Melmont, Lone Tree, Bennett, Glendale and graduated from Melba Grade and High School. He then attended McPherson College in McPherson Kansas from 1951 through 1954. His college education at McPherson was interrupted when called for the draft. He served two years of alternative service, working as a physical therapist’s aid at the Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Center in Boise.
While attending McPherson College he met Margaret Yost and they were married on July 10th 1956 in New Meadows, Idaho. Upon completing his alternative service he returned to McPherson College graduating in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics. He then enrolled at the University of Wichita School of Engineering attending one year after, which he and Margaret returned to Boise. Dean worked for the Idaho State Department of Highways. After much encouragement from both Margaret and his employer, Dean returned in the Spring of 1959 to Wichita to complete his degree in Mechanical Engineering, graduating in 1962.
Upon returning to Idaho Dean was employed by Albertsons Food Stores, where he worked in engineering and construction administration. In the fall of 1964, Albertsons transferred Dean and Margaret to Southern California where Dean worked as a construction manager of new stores being built throughout California. On October 21, 1966, their son Randy joined the family with Margaret and Dean.
In 1969, Dean joined the firm Store, Matakovich Mechanical and Electrical Engineers in San Gabriel, California. In the spring of 1971 after encouragement from friends, the McKellip Family returned to Boise where Dean opened his office McKellip Engineering P.A. He operated this business until retiring in 1997.
Upon retiring, Dean became involved in Habitat for Humanity serving in various capacities from Board member, crew leader, construction management. Also worked for more than twelve years with the Meridian School District high school students to build homes for Habitat for Humanity.
Dean, Margaret, and their son Randy enjoyed traveling as a family seeing many places around the world and throughout the United States. Dean was active in Capital City Kiwanis, Habitat for Humanity, Member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, Life Time Member of ASHRAE and a longtime member of First United Methodist Church.
After retirement, Dean and Margaret continued their travels and enjoyed their place in Cannon Beach, Oregon. In February of 2004, after 48 years of marriage Margaret passed away with Cancer. Through a mutual acquaintance, Dean met Beverly Weybright Beirnes whom he married on August 27th, 2006. Dean and Beverly enjoyed further travels and experiences. Beverly passed away May 2nd, 2016. Dean has said many times he has been very fortunate to have met and had two great ladies in his life who encouraged him, were supportive, and would put up with him. He loved them both.
Dean is survived by a wonderful son Randy, daughter in law Cindy and two granddaughters Kayla and Kirstyn of Boise. A brother David & wife Deanna of Cypress, Texas. Two step-daughters Allyson Kousky and her husband Richard, and Tawny Aldrich and her husband Ken of Boise, including many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Lewis.
Funeral services will be held at Alden Waggoner Funeral Chapel, 5400 W Fairview Ave, Boise, ID 83706 on June 27, 2022 at 11:00 am.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to First United Methodist Church youth programs, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, Idaho Food Bank, Boise Rescue Mission, or another charity of your choice.