The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


August 21, 2013

Dean Woodin

JOPLIN, Mo. —    

Arthur Dean Woodin, 84, of Joplin, died at 8:20 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at Freeman Hospital after a short illness.

Dean  was born Nov. 22, 1928, in Vinita, Okla., and he and his family moved to Joplin in 1933. He graduated from Joplin High School and attended college for two years. He was an Eagle Scout. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1947 and became a communications officer. He served in the Korean War and then was transferred to the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was discharged in 1951.

He worked for the Federal Aviation Administration's flight service station at the Joplin Regional Airport for 30 years. During those years, Dean founded a national organization for air traffic controllers and flight service personnel, NAATS. He worked with U.S. senators to obtain federal recognition of it and traveled throughout the U.S. to recruit participation in the organization, which promoted professionalism and advocated for flight service workers. He served as a president of the organization and held other national offices with it, including secretary. Dean retired from the FAA in 1984.

He also worked with his parents, the late Carl and Vera Woodin, to operate a family business, the Roman Targets concession, at state fairs and festivals for many years.

He had been a member of Joplin Elks Lodge No. 501 and VFW Post No. 534.

Dean was a good father and provider who mentored his children and encouraged them to participate in music and other activities. He enjoyed fishing and woodworking. He also was a dog lover and enjoyed keeping small dogs for pets.

He married Juanita White, of Joplin, on June 14, 1953. They celebrated their 60th anniversary with family and friends earlier this year.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Ronald "Chip" Woodin and his wife, Debby; and Dr. Mark Woodin, of Joplin; a daughter, Tracey Stoddart and her husband, Darren, and a granddaughter, Isabella Stoddart, of Fenton; and his sister, Sandra Thompson and her husband, George, of Joplin.

Military graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Veteran's Memorial Garden at Mount Hope Cemetery. Family friend, Steve Weldon will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary and Mount Hope Cemetery.

The family will receive friends after the service at the home of Chip and Debby.

Contributions may be made to the Joplin Humane Society in care of the mortuary.

Online condolences may be made at

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