Dean Dougherty Keagle, a former medical technician who had moved to Baltimore a decade ago for medial care, died of complications from diabetes Feb. 26 at University of Maryland Medical Center. The Towson resident was 42.
Born in Marion County, Ind., and raised in Colorado, he served in the Navy from 1980 to 1981. He then took medical technology courses and became a phlebotomist, a technician who draws blood, in Tucson, Ariz.
He was the recipient of several kidney and pancreas transplants at University of Maryland Medical Center.
"He had 33 abdominal surgeries since 1996, but throughout all the time he was still able to crack a joke," said his wife of 15 years, the former Jessamyn McBrian.
Mr. Keagle played chess and solved mathematical puzzles before his eyesight failed. He also enjoyed caring for his two toy poodles and two cats.
Services were held Saturday at Second Presbyterian Church, where his wife is an administrative assistant.
Survivors also include his mother, Gladys J. Keagle of Tucson, and four brothers in Washington state, Colorado and Arizona.