Dean Hadley


Dean Hadley died July 14. He was 59

Hadley was born in Hayward, California. Soon after, his family moved to Livermore when his father started working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He became part of the second generation working at LLNL when he started as an electronic fabrication tech in 1980.

Throughout his more than 30-year career at LLNL, his contributions touched many programs. In the 1980s, he worked in the lasers program. In the ’90s, he worked in O Division, where he met his wife Sandra while working on a missile defense system, Brilliant Pebbles and lunar mapping satellite, Clementine. After 9/11 he started working in the biodetection area in Global Security for the Bio-Watch program. After managing the Engineering Micro and Nano Technology Center for a number of years, he left LLNL in 2013.

In 2017, Hadley and his wife moved to Ozark, Missouri, to enjoy their retirement. In September 2018 he was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer. He lost his battle against cancer in July. He was cremated shortly after. There will be a small family gathering to celebrate his life in California. He is survived by Sandra, his wife of 28 years, and will be missed by his brother Kirk and family.

Please make donations to the American Cancer Society.