Dean grew up with two brothers on a small family dairy farm in Westminster, Massachusetts. His family had acres of fields and woods for exploring and outdoor adventures. He was driving the tractor and the old pickup truck for haying by the time he was tall enough to reach the pedals.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army after college and attended the Defense Language Institute to further study the Russian language, and was stationed in Bavaria, in Germany, where he worked as a Russian linguist.
After military service, he worked for MEDITECH, a medical software company. He and his husband James bought a ‘fixer-upper’ and moved to Southborough in 2007, and were married in 2014. He's been attending St. Mark’s Church since 2017.