March 11, 1931 — March 4, 2014
Dean Bailey, dean of real estate appraisers in the Sacramento area, passed away on March 4, 2014, as a result of heart failure. Dean was born in Walnut Creek on March 11, 1931, graduated from Acalanes High School, attended Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash., and graduated with a degree in economics from UC Berkeley.
He worked as a real estate appraiser for 10 years with the state Board of Equalization in the coastal counties from Del Norte to San Luis Obispo. While on the board, he appraised such landmark properties as the Fairmont and Palace hotels in San Francisco, as well as the Kaiser Center in Oakland.
In 1964, he started work with the real estate and design services division of the state Department of General Services, leaving in 1987 as assistant chief. While with General Services, he appraised and later sold the old State Fairgrounds at Broadway and Stockton Boulevard, sold the state’s interest in Squaw Valley, and played a major role in the purchase of the Mendocino Headlands State Park in Mendocino County, the 52-block Capitol plan in downtown Sacramento and Crystal Cove State Park in Orange County.
He started his Sacramento appraisal business in 1987, appraising the Rancho Murieta golf courses and Mather Air Force Base, among others.
He was chairman of the board of managers of the Sacramento YMCA Central Branch, a deacon in the Davis Community Church, active in the Davis Rotary and Sunrise Rotary clubs, a member of the Sutter Club and ran with the Southside Striders at Southside Park.
He is survived by his wife 60 years, Muriel Stover Bailey (Smokie); son Forrest Mark and his wife Sharon of Santa Rosa and their five children; daughter Lee Ann Bailey and her husband Pat Feeney of Davis and their four children; and two great-grandchildren.
Services will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at Davis Community Church, 412 C St.