Park Dean Privett Jr., 69, of Jacksonville, Fla., was born Aug. 22, 1946, and passed away Feb. 25, 2016, at his home while looking out over the St Johns River.
A lifelong resident of Arlington, Dean attended Terry Parker High School where he proudly played football for the Braves and graduated in 1964.
While attending the University of South Florida in 1965, he decided to enlist in the United States Marine Corps, graduating from Parris Island as a platoon squad leader and expert rifleman. Dean proudly served one tour in Vietnam with the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Division as a mortarman in the Marine Corps Infantry. Of the many battles he fought in, his participation in the First Battle of Khe Sanh aka The Hill Fights should be noted.
In a later battle, Dean’s tour was cut three weeks short when his unit came under heavy fire resulting in Dean receiving a large piece of shrapnel in his lower back. He was reassigned to Parris Island as a primary marksman instructor and also played football for the Marines until his enlistment was up in June of 1969, receiving an honorable discharge and a Purple Heart.
Following his enlistment, Dean married, began his career as a land surveyor and finished his college degree receiving an Associate of Arts degree in pre-engineering and a Bachelor of Science in math science from the University of North Florida. In 1982 Dean founded Privett and Associates Inc. in St. Marys. He quickly opened a second office in Jacksonville and grew the company to eventually spawn other businesses including ones in St. Augustine, Fla., and Brunswick.
In his off time he was an avid sportsman. He enjoyed hunting, offshore fishing, scuba diving and riding dirt bikes. Dean was also an accomplished drag racer with multiple wins throughout the southeast in both the National Hot Rod Association and International Hot Rod Association divisions.
Along with racing Dean also enjoyed restoring classic cars most notably his ’59 Corvette, which he rebuilt and re-engineered from the ground up with his son and friends.
Dean is preceded in death by his wife of 21 years, the late Clydene D. Privett; his father, Park D. Privett Sr.; and his brother, Donald R. Privett.
Survivors include his mother, Marjorie M. Privett; son, Buck Z. Privett and girlfriend, Kelly M. Lamoureux.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the cancer treatment of Dean’s close friend, Nicki Merrit, who is fighting for her life with a rare form of cancer whose treatment is not covered by insurance at gofundme.com/helpbeatsarcoma.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 5, at Hardage-Giddens Chapel Hills, 850 St. Johns Bluff Road in Jacksonville, followed by burial at Arlington Park Cemetery, 6920 Lonestar Road in Jacksonville. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 4, at the funeral home.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hardage-giddenschapelhills.com.