Dean Ohanian was born and raised in Burbank, attended Edison ES, Luther Burbank JHS and graduated John Burroughs HS in 1975. Dean was an outstanding swimmer; he won many ribbons and trophies in competitions for the Burbank YMCA and Burroughs Swim Teams. He also played water polo in high school and later for Humboldt State University.
Dean loved to travel and was fortunate to journey to England, France, Switzerland, Italy and Mexico in his lifetime.
Dean was an avid sportsman who loved camping, hiking and fishing. His love for the outdoors began at age 7 when he hiked 60 miles from Devil’s Postpile to Yosemite. At 12, he hiked to the top of Half Dome and in 1969 Dean completed the211 mile John Muir Trail from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney. Dean reached the summit of Mt. Whitney again in 2005, a very proud accomplishment.