Dean Alan Sanderson | Obituary

LA CROSSE – Dean Alan Sanderson, 51, of La Crosse died suddenly on February 22, 2022. He was born in La Crosse on July 11, 1970 to Roger and Diana (Arentz) Sanderson. Dean graduated from Logan High School, Class of 1989. Dean went on to earn a BA in Business Administration and a minor in Computer Science from UW-Stout. A BBA in Management Information Systems at UW-L. Then began his 10-year career at Viterbo College as a programmer/analyst. While working in Viterbo, he obtained his MBA-Master of Business Administration. Changed careers and worked as Quality Assurance Coordinator at Headwaters Inc.

Dean married Michelle Freng; they later divorced.

Dean was the most amazing person, very smart, had a witty sense of humor, kind and lovely person you could ever meet. Everyone who knew Dean knew he was a hugger and he made sure you didn’t come home without one. He would do anything for anyone – give the shirt off his back. We were all very lucky to have had him in our lives. Dean liked to golf, fish, play pool and darts. Lots of good times were spent while playing tournaments with his late best friend (Jeremy Martell). More recently, Dean has enjoyed building bikes, riding them, and helping others fix theirs.

Dean was a very proud father and greatly appreciated his children as they created many memories together to cherish forever in their hearts.

Dean is survived by his four children and their mothers: Abigail – 29 (Mary Kay Young), Alexia – 21 and Alayna – 19 (Krista Martell) and her son Jacob – 18 (Rita Clark); his mother, Diana; sister Shelly (Dale) Krambeer; nephew Mitchell and niece Kiarra; half-siblings: Tom, Sherry, Nicole and Kelli; aunt and uncles: Sue (Denny) Johnson and Wendy (David) Chatterton; cousins: John (Sam) Van Dyck, Charlene (Patrick) Zywicki and Emily (Scott) Silverson. Several great aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He also leaves to mourn his faithful companion and best friend “Baxter”.

Those predeceased him in death include his father, maternal and paternal grandparents, uncle-Ricky Arentz, Thomas Sanderson, cousin-Kari Sanderson, several great aunts and uncles, cousins ​​and his best friend Jeremy Martell.

Although Dean has struggled with addiction for the past few years, he has recently found a better path to focus on. He did his best to live every day to the full. He liked to laugh and always had a big smile and a big hug for everyone.

Dean will be forever missed as he was greatly loved by his family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2022 at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 809 Gillette St., La Crosse, WI. Visitation at 10:00 a.m. followed by services at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2022, with Pastor Scott Skogen officiating. Instead of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Face coverings are optional.

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