Dean Harrington, age 69, passed away on February 2, 2019 at his home in
Plainview. Dean was born in Rochester to Donald and Avis (Larson) Harrington.
He was raised in Plainview, graduated from Plainview High School, and
attended the University of Minnesota and St. Cloud State University. He married
Sally Standinger on March 29, 1969 and subsequently worked at First National
Bank of Plainview, where he retired as president of the bank in 2012.
Dean is survived by his wife, Sally; five children, Mitchell Harrington of
Plainview, Cassie Harrington of Plainview, Will (Julie) Harrington of Elgin,
Amanda (Dan) Raines of Issaquah, Washington, and David (Amy) Harrington of
Plainview; eight grandchildren, Abigail Harrington, Nathan Harrington, Anton
Harrington, John Harrington, Alex Harrington, Suzanna Raines, Bryce Raines,
and Finn Raines; one great-grandchild, Elliot Kahl; two brothers, Van
Harrington of Maiden Rock, WI, and Kent( Beatrice) Harrington of Plainview.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Avis Harrington; one sister,
Gayle Harrington and one nephew, Noel Reiter.
Dean was an avid reader of philosophy, fiction, poetry, and economics, and he
engaged in many pursuits to improve communities and enhance environmental
sustainability. Dean sang and played songs on his guitar that he wrote for his
grandchildren. He was on many organizations’ boards over the years, such as
Land Stewardship Project, Jon Hassler Theater, Rural America Writers’ Center,
Experiment in Rural Cooperation (University of Minnesota), Plainview Area
History Center, Plainview School Board, and Plainview Area Development
Corporation. Before beginning his banking career, Dean worked on a dairy farm
and maintained a professional and warm appreciation for agriculture throughout
his banking career.
Dean has donated his body to the Mayo Clinic for educational purposes.
A Celebration of Life, will be Monday, March 11th, 3:00-6:00 p.m at the Eagles
Nest Restaurant, 25188 534th St, Plainview, MN, 55964. From 6:00-7:00 p.m.
their will be readings from the Rural America Writers' Center, "Third Wednesday
As a friend recently wrote, “He’ll be one more bright light added to the night sky
and sorely missed here on earth.”
Schad & Zabel Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.