Dean Pace, 70, of Pittston, passed away unexpectedly at home, Monday, June 28, 2021.
Born in Kingston on August 28, 1950, he was the son of the late Louis P. and Margaret Kohler Pace.
After graduating from Wyoming Area in 1967, it didn’t take long for Dean to find his calling, Standardbred horses. Dean started his career in horse racing grooming trotters and pacers at Pocono Downs, working for various horse trainers. After learning the business of Standardbred horses racing, Dean passed the testing requirements to become a trainer and driver. Soon after, Dean went to work for
two of the most famous and successful owner/trainers in the world, Stanley Dancer and Bill Haughton. Dean traveled to various race tracks, from Florida to New York, training and racing their horses. Eventually, Dean decided to make his own mark in the racing business by going out on his own. He was successful for putting new winning times on various horses he trained and drove.
Dean had to give up a promising racing career when he developed paranoid schizophrenia in his early to mid-twenties. He struggled with schizophrenia for almost 50 years.
Dean is survived by his brother, Kim Pace, who oversaw his care for nearly 50 years; sister-in-law, Carol Pace; niece, Lindsay Pace Jankowski and her husband, Lenny; their two sons, Anthony and Michael; and sister, Dawn.
Thank you to the staff of Pittston Heavenly Manor for all your efforts in taking care of Dean.
Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.Arrangements are entrusted to Adonizio Funeral Home, LLC, 251 William Street, Pittston.