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Dean L. Hart, Sr.

Dean L. Hart, Sr.

10/17/1946 - 1/24/2013

Private Family Services

5:00 - 8:00 P.M.
Friday, February 1, 2013
First United Methodist Church
West Monroe, LA

Dean L. Hart, Sr.
Mulhearn Funeral Home
West Monroe, LA

Mr. Dean L. Hart, Sr. 66, of Monroe LA, passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2013.

Dean Sr., was born October 17, 1946 in Monroe LA to the union of John and Lois Hart.
He married “his high school sweetheart and love of his life” Melissa Ann Hanks on June
30, 1967.

Dean’s career started with his first job, at the age of 16, during his high-school years,
working for Fred Parrish Texaco Station on the corner of Louisville Ave and 18th Street
in Monroe LA. He took this job to support his ailing mother and grandmother. Mrs.
Parrish was so very good to Deanny and taught him many life lessons. After starting
college, at Northeast Louisiana University, Deanny realized he would have to leave his
comfort zone and regrettably, Mrs. Parrish.

Back then, you didn’t have a career choice. You applied for a job, if you got it, well then
this was your career. Dean took a job at Goodyear Tire and Appliance Store. By his
third year he had been promoted to the highest position, store manager. After that, he
set nationwide records for top producing stores and he held these honors for two
straight years. These records still hold today.

After accomplishing his goals with Goodyear, he took a big leap of faith and in 1973 he
opened Dean Hart’s Tire and Appliance. This started his love for “being his own boss”.
At this time he found a love for real estate developing and became an expert builder.
His first development was building-out a whole corner which included a restaurant, a
beauty shop, a trophy store, and Dean Hart’s Tire and Appliances. When asked why, he
always said, “To keep ‘em all here in West Monroe and to help the ladies have their
needs met. While they are having their children’s trophies engraved, they can exercise,
then have their hair fixed and be fresh to go out to eat”. During this span, he won many
awards and was recognized nationally for his accomplishments. His motto was “build it
and they will come”. Dean sold his tire and appliance store in 1980 and shifted his
energy and talent into commercial real estate and commercial construction. He coined
the motto “one stop shopping for all real estate and construction services.”

Dean’s first love in business was the ‘art of making a deal’. From designing and
constructing a distribution center for a major company like FedEx Corporation or a local
office building, he loved putting people in new buildings and loved creating jobs. He had
an eye for spotting a diamond in the rough and for turning raw land or an older existing
building into Class A real estate. He always said “God don’t make no more land.”

Dean’s family always came first. He had a passion for his hobbies which included
competition trap shooting. He had a great appreciation for history and artifacts related
to history and historical events.

Dean always said he came into this life holding Ann’s hand in one hand and a social
security card in the other. Dean died doing what he loved, which was working. He had
just finalized a Real Estate deal and was so excited that he had put that deal to bed and
was ready to move on to the next “new deal.”
Dean was preceded in death by his parents John Hart and Lois Hart, mother-in-law
Marion Hanks, father-in-law A.D. Hanks, his beloved sister-in-law Bunny Wallace, and
his brother Johnny Lenard.

Dean is survived by his wife of 44 years and the love of his life Ann Hanks Hart, and
their Precious Shih Tzu Kassie Girl Sassie Hart. A rare find, they started dating at the
age of 16 and never looked back. He is also survived by his sons, Dean L. Hart, Jr. and
Cory Hanks Hart. Granddaughters Lily Arianna Hart, Caroline Kay Hart and Laura
Melissa Centola. Niece and nephews Laura Liner Centola and husband Lyle, James
Conway Liner, IV and wife Leah and Jeffery Hanks Liner. Great nephews James
Conway Liner, V and L. Jordan Centola.

Pallbearers are Dr. Ronnie Woods, Jerry ‘Jeep’ Sanders, Billy R. Golson, Raymond
Stewart, W.B. ‘Bill” Nelson, Jr., and William H. Hallack, Jr.

Honorary pallbearers are the members of the T. O. Bancroft Memorial Gun Club, Board
of Directors and employees of Community Trust Bank, all employees, subcontractors,
vendors and building tenants of all Hart Affiliated Companies.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to the First United
Methodist Church of West Monroe for the Dean Hart Fund for the Louisiana Methodist
Children’s Home, 1411 Glenwood Drive, West Monroe, LA 71291. Memorials may also
be made to the charity of your choice and to the T.O. Bancroft Memorial Gun Club.

Visitation will be held Friday, February 1, 2013 from 5PM to 8PM at First United
Methodist Church on Glenwood Drive in West Monroe LA.

A private burial will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013 with Rev. Jon Tellifero and Rev. Ricky Willis officiating under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home West Monroe, LA.

Online Registry/ Condolences:


Chris and Misty Howse

Monroe, LA
former employee
Thursday, January 31, 2013

Our family's thoughts and prayers go out to each one of you. Mr. Hart was a wonderful man, a true visionary and this community has suffered a great loss - There is no way to even understand what you are going through, our prayer is that you each find peace in your memories and the memories of people whose lives he touched. May God bless each of you - RIP Mr. Hart - there will never be anyone else like you!

Suzanne Taylor

West Monroe
Thursday, January 31, 2013

Ann - My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. May the love of your family, friends and God support you through these difficult days.

Tim Redmond

Thursday, January 31, 2013

So sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family...


West Monroe
Friday, February 1, 2013

There are no words to describe how much I will miss working for and with Mr Hart every day, he has taught me so much over these past 8 years!! Not only did he teach me many, countless how-to's of business, he always followed up with explaining the "why's".. I feel extremely blessed to have known and learned from Mr Hart and I will forever strive to live up to the example of hard work, kindness, and also taking time for joy in life that he set!! I look forward to arriving in Heaven to see the amazing things he will have built by the time I get there! ~~ lots of love & respect, Shelly

frank taylor

hot springs village,AR
40 year friend-Goodyear
Friday, February 1, 2013

Ann, Dean Jr,Cory:I am sad to learn of Dean's death. We shared many good times and put lots of deals together! I will miss him greatly.

Rich and Linda Bailey

West Monroe, LA
Friday, February 1, 2013

Ann, Dean, Jr., Cory and family, our entire community has suffered a loss. We are all blessed to have called Dean a friend. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Casey Swayze Horrell

Monroe, LA
Former Employee
Friday, February 1, 2013

I have no words that will help ease this difficult situation, but I do know that Mr. Harts smile will forever be remembered. He was a caring man who loved his family and took great care of his employees, many lunch meetings at the Hob Nob for us all. Every year he would get all of those close to him a ham for Christmas, and he picked them up and delivered them himself. I have many fond memories of Mr. Hart, and he will truly be missed by many. I am very sorry for your loss.

Peggy Duncan

West Monroe, La
Friday, February 1, 2013

Ann, please know that you and your family have been in our thoughts and prayers since we heard of the accident. May you feel the loving arms of Jesus holding you these days. Peggy Duncan

Dr William G Covington Jr

Edinboro, PA
Friday, February 1, 2013

His name was well known in West Monroe/Monroe. The community was much better due to his contributions.

pete austin

Friday, February 1, 2013

To Ann, Dean Jr.and Cory: Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Dean was a good friend and will be missed. Kindest regards, Pete Austin

Thomas Vance

West Monroe,La.
Friday, February 1, 2013

Patrick Crawford

west monroe
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Dean was hard working man that I highly respect as a friend and business associate. Patrick @industrial Metal fabricators

E. Michael Wilson

Delhi, LA
Sunday, February 10, 2013

My sincere condolence and deepest sympathy to Dean's family. From 1966 to 1971, when I lived in Monroe, Dean was one of my very best friends. We worked together at Goodyear in West Monroe and each shared a love of fast cars and racing. Dean's love was drag racing and mine was road racing and we helped each other with our respective racing machines. Our wives were classmates at Neville H.S. and we all spent a lot of out time together going out on the town, eating and partying. We lost contact after I left Monroe in 1971 during my career in banking and data processing in Louisiana, international banking overseas and traveling for the FDIC in the U.S. After returning to NELA in 2002, I contacted Dean be phone about two years ago and we exchanged photos and correspondence. Unfortunately, we never got together for a reunion, which I now deeply regret. At the same age as Dean, the tragic events of his death emphasizes the uncertainly of our lives. I send my love, prayers and thoughts to Dean's family. To Dean, my dear friend, I will never forget out time together. With love and respect, E. Michael (Mike) Wilson