The Executive Officers of IFPTE Local 21 and our entire Local 21 family mourn the passing of Brother Dean Coate, a longtime and dedicated member and leader of Local 21.
IFPTE Local 21 President Gus Vallejo remembered:
“Brother Dean was not only a dedicated union member here for decades, he was a part of our leadership for many years. He served as President of Local 21 for nearly nine years and was also a member of the IFPTE International Executive Council for several years. He was part of the strong leadership team that helped to build the foundation that allows Local 21 to fight so effectively today for our members and for workers everywhere. He will be truly missed, but certainly not forgotten.”
Larry “Dean” Coate passed peacefully in his sleep on September 13, 2023. He was born in Lima, Ohio on September 28, 1948, to Darrel Dean Coate and Norma Jean Coate. A graduate of Case University (now Case Western Reserve) in Cleveland, Ohio, Dean became the father of Daniel Coate and Matthew Coate in 1977 and moved to San Fransisco in 1980, where he resided for the rest of his life.
Dean worked as an IT Business Analyst for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and served as the President of the Local Chapter 21 of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFTPE) local 21 from 2009-2017.
Because of this service, and Dean’s service as a national officer on the IFPTE Executive Council starting in 2012 and his membership of the U.S. Labor Delegation to the Republic of China (Taiwan) in 2017, Dean was officially recognized and honored by the IFPTE at their national meeting in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 2018.
Dean is survived by sons Daniel and Matthew, both of Cleveland, Ohio; sister Pat (Jeff) Brown of Wapakoneta, Ohio; and sister Sarah (Joe) Peyton of Colombus, Ohio.