Dean Frazier was many things: a longtime business owner, a bit of a ham, a daredevil and a man devoted to living his Christian faith.
“He gave extravagantly of his time, resources and advice — and never expected anything in return,” his daughter Marilyn Wedige of Omaha said.
Frazier, 81, died July 13 at a nursing home in Southlake, Texas, from corticobasal degeneration, which has symptoms similar to Parkinson's disease, and pneumonia, his daughter said.
He owned and operated the Frazier Co., an Omaha heating and air-conditioning firm, for 54 years before selling it in 1995.
“He had a lot of one-liners and made just about everybody laugh,” Wedige said. Even at the nursing home where he spent his last year, Frazier would burst into song or tell a joke and enjoy his captive audience.
He also was daring, she said. He learned to snow ski in his 50s, jumped off an Ozarks cliff into a lake at 78 and climbed on his roof to shovel snow at 79.
He served on the boards of Youth for Christ, the Omaha Business Men's Association, the Association of Builders and Contractors, Christ for the City International, Abide Ministries, Step Up to Life, Cornerstone Ministries, the Hope Center for Kids and the Open Door Mission.
The native Omahan graduated from North High School.
Besides his daughter, survivors include his wife of 62 years, Dorothy “Bunny” Frazier of North Richland Hills, Texas; daughters Jan Lane of Colleyville, Texas, Sue Knicely of Omaha, Karen Bailey of Omaha and Nancy Frazier of Lincoln; 14 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Lifegate Church, 156th Street and West Dodge Road.