A large gathering of grateful people met at the Virginia and Truckee Depot in Gold Hill to say goodbye to one of the best employees Storey County has ever had. Dean Haymore, after 30 years of dedicated service to Storey County, retired on June 30th, 2017.
It was a warm afternoon and inside the Depot it was even warmer, but the heat didn’t keep people from coming to pay tribute to the man whose vision and single handed tenacity became the driving force for TRIC in the North County.
Guests enjoyed A wonderful spread, ice cold drinks cut the edge of the heat and people danced to the country band. Displays of pictures, awards and accomplishments of Dean’s career were on display for people to admire one last time.
Shortly after folks got in a few dances, nearly an hour of tributes were made by County officials, members of his team and professional folks who had the pleasure of working with Dean over the years.
A True Visionary.
Commissioner Lance Gilman delivered a touching tribute to Dean crediting him with a vision and relentless drive that took an empty desert track and converted it into the worlds largest industrial park. “I am convinced, and Don Norman will back me up on this, that the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center simply would not be what it is today with this true visionary, Dean Haymore.” Gilman went on to recount the 2:00 am concrete pours and how Dean set up sleeping quarters at TRIC so he could bust out a power nap between inspections.
“Dean was never late, he was never a no show. He would routinely call the contractors and ask why they didn’t arrive at the time agreed. No body, and I mean nobody, could out work Dean. He is simply amazing in that regard” Gilman explained.
Sarah Dillon of the Community Development Department made sure that his wife was recognized for her role in Storey County’s success. “We all know that beside every great man stands a great woman and Roberta is the woman whose personal sacrifice allowed Dean to accomplish the things he did for Storey County. These flowers are a small reflection of the gratitude my team mates and I have for what you had to do without so we could be lead by such a great leader and great mentor.”
Austin Osborne connected his personal love for American History into Dean’s story. “The thing that impressed me during my entire career with Dean is the way, like America’s Manifest Destiny, took nothing and made it into something truly great. I am proud to have worked beside Dean throughout my career.”
Emotions Ran Strong
Dean held back tears as he expressed his gratitude for the kind words and outpouring of love from those present. “I’m really looking forward to dancing with my wife a little bit more. Most of you probably don’t know my wife and I taught 600 kids to dance. I’ve had 17 surgeries on my knee. And I’ll never forget the day of my accident when they put my legs back together. They told me I would never walk again. Well, I didn’t just walk, I was able to dance again.”
As Dean and his bride waltz into the sunset they leaves a wake of countless successes and unending appreciation from a grateful community.
Godspeed Dean and Roberta!