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William Dean Mohr

1948 - 2021

“Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from Him.”  


Psalm 62:1

Honoring an honorable man

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Dean was born in Seattle, Washington on November 20, 1948 to the late Harold Edwin Mohr and Doris Jeanne Mohr (Locke).  He grew up in Portland, Oregon attending Benson Polytechnic High School where he was President of Youth for Christ during one of those years.  He was an avid reader, stamp and coin collector as well as gun collector and had an interest in Geology.  Dean became an Eagle Scout before his appointments to the Naval Academy and to West Point Military Academy.  He chose to go to West Point where after two years was given an Honorable Discharge due to a knee injury.  He went on to get his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering along with a year of Industrial Engineering.

Dean worked in Sunnyvale, California at Lockheed Missiles & Space Co., took a year off for Intensive German Language Study in Germany and returned to the Sunnyvale, California area to work at various semiconductor firms while living in San Jose, California.
Dean maintained and enjoyed contact with many family members through the years becoming very interested in family history.  He was highly intelligent and uproariously funny.  He looked down on no one.  We will miss him greatly.

He is preceded in death by parents, Harold Edwin Mohr and Doris Jeanne Mohr as well as aunt and uncle Alice E Lund and Arnold Lund, grandfathers William R Locke, and Charles R Smith, and grandmothers Bertha Dean Smith and Emily Mohr.

Dean is survived by sister, Rebecca E Bower (Mohr), nephew Robert S Bower, niece Darlene E Huntsinger (Bower), aunts Mary Ridgewell, Esther Johnson and Dolly Welk, cousins Arnold Lund, Christine Sophia Griffiths (Lund), and Jeanne Elise von Borstel (Lund), Earlene Ridgewell DeLeon, Ramona Ridgewell, Wally Ridgewell and Kathy Williams, Myrna McDonald, Gail Sheets, Charlotte Ramirez, Ed McLees, Jon McLees and Sheri Lambert, 2nd cousins Linda Long (Anderson) and David Anderson.
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  I Thessalonians 13 & 14

Dean's Celebration of Life

Thank you to Dean's family and friends who joined his Celebration of Life on May 22, 2022.

Accomplishments & Work Biography

1956-1967---Boy Scouts of America rising to Eagle Scout in 1967.

At least one summer, attended Military School in Bandon, Oregon.

Went to Benson Polytechnic High School where he was a member of the International Relations League and President of Youth for Christ from 1966-1967.

Dean’s hobbies were Geology, Dark Room Photography, Marksmanship, Radio Electronics, Stamp Collecting, Coin Collecting, Gun Collecting and was in the process of writing a Sci-Fi Novel.

He received nominations to two Military Academies, U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Military Academy at West Point, choosing West Point and attending 1967-1969.  Dean left due to a knee injury.  He also did two semesters while at West Point of a German Language Course from 1968-1969.


In 1972, Dean graduated the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

1972-1977---Dean worked for Lockheed Missiles and Space Co in Sunnyvale, California at the Missile Systems Division-RF Communications and Instrumentation.  As an Associate Engineer-Signal Conditioning and Circuit Design, he designed and developed the C4 Power Transfer Switch for Missile-Body Instrumentation.  Also designed checkout consoles for various power transfer devices.  Provided test hardware to aid in digital circuit design development.

While at Lockheed, Dean became a Research Engineer-Re-entry Vehicle Instrumentation.  Maintained system designed responsibility for various Trident Re-entry Body Instrumentation Capsules.  To include:  Establishment of system configurations, generation of black-box criteria, provided systems documentation, and coordinated efforts with department personnel, the program office, development labs, procurement, manufacturing, check-out, test range, and data acquisition organizations.  Made systems design review presentations, supplied development cost and man-power quotes.  Given special commendation for efforts on a feasibility study to use satellites for tracking of instrumented re-entry vehicles.  Received Zero-Defects-Award for speed and initiative in design efforts.

1977-1978---Dean took at sabbatical in Europe for Language Study.

From April 1978-December 1978, he was a Manufacturing Test Engineer-Wafer Processing Equipment for Kasper Instruments (A wholly owned company of Eaton Corporation – Semiconductor Division).  Trained electronic technicians to test printed circuit assemblies for 4000 product line.  Coordinated implementation of electrical changes in manufacturing assembly and test.


January 1979-September 1979---Dean was an Electronic Design Engineer-5000 Wafer Aligner.  Responsible for the design and development of digital (TTL) circuitry to provide control of servo sub-system axes.  Coordinated activities of drafting personnel and technicians associated with Aligner Equipment.

October 1979---Dean was the Project Leader (Electronic Design) -5000 Inspection Station.  Supervise the design and development of electronic systems for wafer inspection.  Coordinate the implementation of such systems with mechanical engineers, software engineers, technicians, and drafting personnel.  Design digital circuitry for servo-loop control, operator interface, and sensor-solenoid control.  Responsible for the electrical performance of the Inspection Station.  He did this for several years before he moved to various semi-conductor companies in the Sunnyvale, California area in the same line of work.

When work was scarce in 2003, Dean obtained his Contractors License as an Electrician, starting his own company called “Hotwire Electric”.  As work picked up again in the semi-conductor business, he worked sometimes as an employee and other times as a consultant.  He retired not long before his passing.

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