Dean Turk was born August 6, 1937 in Miami, Arizona to Dick and Wilma Turk, and he passed away at his home in Mesa, Arizona on January 21, 2022 under the care of his loving wife, Marsha. He lived his whole life in the East Valley.
Dean went to work full-time at a very early age at Brown and Hoeye Chevrolet, where he learned auto body painting and auto mechanics; over time he became an expert in both these vocations. Cars became a huge part of Dean’s life. He loved to build them and race them. Before he was 20 years old he became a professional drag racer sponsored by local auto dealerships. Professionally Dean was known for his attention to detail in building high performance engines and their components. He loved and participated in sports of every kind.
Dean was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and he loved to help others. As a father to Terry, Randy and Misty, Dean was always loving and kind. His dedication to his family was never in doubt, and his care and concern extended to many grandchildren, great grandchildren… and indeed, to all who knew him.