Johnny Dean DeLaigle

Johnny Dean DeLaigle, 81, of Madison, Georgia passed away on October 7, 2022.

Dean was born in Jenkins County, Georgia on August 04, 1941 to Herman Burch and Sallie Clarke DeLaigle. Dean graduated from Waynesboro High School, obtained a bachelor’s degree from Berry College, and a master’s degree from Wake Forest University. He took a job teaching at Eastern Kentucky University, where he met the love of his life, Christina Armstrong Taulbee, of Hazard, Kentucky. They married in December 1967 in Hazard and moved to Warner Robins, Georgia, where Dean worked as a Department of Defense civilian employee. Dean worked as an aerospace warfare engineer designing systems that protected Air Force fighter aircraft and pilots.

While in Warner Robins, Dean and Chris were active members of First Presbyterian and later Shirley Hills Baptist churches. Dean had three children: Stephen Vinson, Carrie Nell, and Jonathan Allan. Dean was a fixture in the stands and active supporter at his childrens’ many practices, sporting events, and musical performances. Dean retired after 36 years of civil service to his country that he so loved. He and Chris retired to Clarkesville, Georgia and joined Clarkesville United Methodist Church. Upon Chris’ passing in 2019, Dean moved to Madison, Georgia and attended First United Methodist Church. Dean also loved his many dogs over the years.

Dean is survived by his children Stephen and Tara DeLaigle, and Jonathan and Victoria DeLaigle; grandchildren Alexander Christian DeLaigle, Nicholas Jack DeLaigle, William Eugene Backus IV, and Ainsley Elizabeth Backus; brother and sister-in-law Vinson and Peggy DeLaigle; sister-in-law Janie Taulbee; nieces and nephews Leah DeLaigle Weldon, Hope DeLaigle, Daniel Vinson DeLaigle, Kerry Lynn Taulbee, and Susan Taulbee Cintra. He is also survived by his faithful dog, Chance.

Dean is preceded in death by his wife, Christina; parents, Herman DeLaigle and Sallie DeLaigle Syms; brother Felix DeLaigle; and daughter, Carrie-Nell DeLaigle Backus.

Visitation and a short service will be held at First United Methodist Church, in Madison, GA on October 29, 2022. Visitation will begin at 10:45 and the service will begin at 11:30. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you make donations in Dean’s name to your local humane society.

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