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In memory of Kevin Dein

Created by Family Of Kevin Dein

Kevin Dein

My wonderful, handsome, loving, caring, funny brother was such a great person. It took only a couple of minutes of knowing my brother to really, really love him. He was such a wonderful human being and was the least judgmental person I have ever known. Kev struggled with drugs for so long and in the end the drugs won. I still think of that night when I got the call from my brother Tom, who found his brother, the man he looked up to all his life. I remember laying in bed hearing the phone ring at 11:30 at night. Thinking who is calling this late. I let the answering machine pick it up. It is my sister in law, she is saying, " Ang pick up the phone Ang, pick up the phone. Kev's od'ed again and we don't think he is going to make it." I laid there in bed listening to that message thinking this is going to be another time that Kev has od'ed and he is going to go to the hospital and tell everyone he is sorry. I debated, should I wait till the morning? I have to get up and go to work, I just got my baby down to bed, but then I thought well I will call now because I do have to go to work the next morning. I picked up that phone and called back. My brother Tom answered the phone, Kev lived with Tom, and I said "What's going on?" He said, "He's gone Ang." I think my mind just went blank. See, when she had called he had already been dead. I started screaming, “Tom maybe he's just sleeping, please Tom go back in there and wake him up, please Tom.” He kept saying, “He's gone, he's gone!” I had told my self over the years that this was going to be the way my brother died. This was going to kill him, but I don't think that my heart ever believed it. I never once did it pass my mind when I got that call that he would be gone. Never. He was loved by so many people. His sister Julie, his brother's Steve and Tom and me his sister Angela. We still can't believe we will never see him again, that he is no longer part of this earth. My mother wonders when the pain will get any better, when she will be able to breathe again. My father cries everyday, and he is a man that doesn't cry. We all wonder what if, why didn't we do this, or do that. Kev was a wonderful shining star in our lives and everyone he met. Even his sponsor who has said for 20 years if you wanted it, it can happen said he has changed his mind because Kev really, really wanted it but couldn't do it. His sponsor who would never get to close to anyone after one guy he sponsored died of a drug overdose said he would never get close to anyone else became close with Kev. He would say I couldn't not be close to him, he was such a great guy. Now I have people coming up to me telling me that my brother was a great guy, and that they really, really liked him. And I think yes, he was a really great guy he just had this one problem he couldn't beat. He took care of his family and friends. He was there no matter what when you needed him. Everyday is so hard without him. We are such a close family and there is always going to be one missing. We flew to Florida to spread his ashes and took pictures of it, but I look at the pictures and he's not in them. We all know and feel a part of us is missing. And we all feel like we are never going to be the same again.

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Guest Book


1. Julie Reed
Kevin was my brother also, and my friend. He meant so much to all of us and he always will. He never judged anybody. He had a wonderful kind soul. We knew he had problems and we tried to help when we could. But he never stopped trying. He was so much more than the drugs. I will miss him every single day of my life, and I think about him often. To the County Coroner Kevin is Case number W07-0144. To me he was a wonderful, loving, kind, caring, giving, beautiful bright light that will continue to
2. Angela Colclasure
Yes, I still think to myself, "I can't believe you are gone." And I wish I could have one more conversation with him just to let him know how much I love him and needed him here. I miss you Kev!
3. Angela Gwynn Mother Of Dallas Nguyen
Angela, I am so sorry you have lost Kevin. You said it quite exactly: "Surreal". How can this be? Is it true? It cannot be true. They cannot be gone. It makes no sense. Nothing makes sense now. Time will sort out this making sense perhaps, but the pain of losing him will always be there. I wish they all knew how much they were loved. How much we wanted them and needed them. Perhaps, now they do. I wish you and your family peace. And love, from Seattle
4. John Kelly Sean Patrick's Dad
Angela - Kevin's story is heart breaking as is all the young people who have passed because of addiction. I pray that you, your parents and family find some comfort in knowing that Kevin is now free of all pain and suffering. By telling our stories maybe some person will find the needed nudge to seek out the help they need. Kevin is a beautiful and nice person. Peace and God bless.