Merle Dean Carlon was born February 9, 1941 in Perry, Oklahoma to Wanda Irene Carlon and Loren Wilfred Carlon, and passed away January 22, 2021 at his home in McLoud, Oklahoma. He was proceeded in death by one son Michael Dean Carlon, his parents, one sister Ramona Gayle Rippy, and one brother Robert Lee Carlon. Survived by: his wife Mary Frances Carlon of the home; one brother and sister-in law Darrel and Eleanor Carlon of Shawnee, OK; one son and daughter-in-law Lonnie and Bonita Carlon of Noble, OK; four grandchildren Cody Carlon of McLoud, OK, Zachary Carlon of Lexington, OK, Jessica and Cory Nelson of Poteau, OK, and Caybreigh Carlon of Noble, OK; One step-grandson Trent Kelley of Norman, OK; one great grandson Oliver Dean Nelson of Poteau, OK; and numerous family and friends. Dean and Mary were married on September 29, 1962 in Verden, OK. They lived in Moore, OK until they moved to their farm in McLoud in 1970. Dean came to know the Lord and was baptized in Moore, OK on December 17, 1967. He retired in 1993 from Tinker Airforce Base as a Machinist. After retirement, he worked at D and D Feed for several years. Dean enjoyed a full life with many activities. Dean enjoyed fishing and hunting. Some of his favorite memories were his many trips to Colorado where he packed in with his friends and sons. These trips made for great stories for years to come. Recently, he helped his grandson plan their first trip to Colorado following in his footsteps. Whether he was out at the lake or at his own pond, Dean loved spending many days out fishing. He enjoyed driving and working on racecars with his nephew and grandson. Dean always had animals whether it was horses, chickens, guineas, cows, or dogs. He enjoyed raising bird dog puppies which he took to go quail hunting. Dean always had beagles around but found his best friend in a German Short-hair named Kate. He spent many days sitting on his back porch watching the animals and birds. Dean lived by the philosophy that you are capable of doing anything as long as you are determined enough to teach yourself. He was a craftsman that built anything from furniture to houses to building a hunting trailer for his grandson to live in on his lease. He spent many of his hours and days out in his shop working on whatever his current project was. For more than 50 years Dean looked forward to his tradition of playing Rook on New Year’s Eve with his lifelong friends. Dean loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed having get togethers and eating hand cranked homemade ice cream. Dean looked forward to having his nieces and nephews stop by so he could show them around the farm and put them to work. Some of his best days were spent with his sons, grandkids, and his first great grandson. His memory will live on in the hearts of many family and friends. Graveside Services will be Monday, January 25, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. at the Dale Cemetery.