Betty Jane (Janie) Dean
Birthname: Betty Jane Dean
Birthdate: February 2, 1951
Janie died 2/24/06 at the age of 55.
See her obituary.
Marital Status:Divorced twice; Richard Martin Brannan, Jr. (married March 31, 1973 in Palm Beach Co. FL and divorced Sep 10, 1976 in Palm Beach Co. FL) and Roland Harold Clark (married Oct 19, 2002 in Palm Beach, FL and divorced Dec 4, 2003 in Bucks Co., PA). According to Janie, she and Steve became engaged in April 1990 and intended on marrying in the Spring of
Parents: Roger H. Dean (d. 1999)and Betty J. (Dean) Beeson(d. 2005); divorced
Siblings: Two sisters, Susan (older)and Patricia (younger)
Resided in Florida at the time of her death.
Janie was born in Charleston, West Virginia. Her family later moved to Palm Beach,
Florida. After graduating high school, Janie attended George Peabody
Teachers' College in Nashville, Tenessee. She majored in music. It
has been hypothesized that she was a pianist. She also attended Palm Beach
Atlantic College for some time.
In the 1980s, Janie followed her father's footsteps and became the operator of Janie Dean Chevrolet
of Vero Beach, Florida. (Janie Dean Chevrolet 1000 Us Highway 1 Vero
According to Janie, she met Steve after a show (Claims say either Arizona or Florida) during the
Hysteria tour. Janie said that the two were together for 16 months at the time of Steve's death. Unfortunately, this time frame doesn't
add up, as the tour ended in 1988. It would have had to have ended in 1989 for Janie's story to work.
Lorelei, Steve's ex-fiance, has said that the two met in a treatment center. It is well known that Janie had her own addiction struggles.
Janie was the one who found Steve dead in his living room. She describes the scene in a graphic
matter for a tabloid magazine. Steve's parents did engage in a bit of a battle with Janie after Steve's passing. Malvin Mortimer has said that a
couple of Janie's friends had took a few of Steve's guitars and "were trying
to sell them to a guitar shop, two days after he died."
Phil Collen has referred
to Janie as a "Psycho B*tch". Regardless of Janie's downfalls or
struggles, the one thing that should not be doubted is her love for Steve.
Rather their relationship is judged as healthy or not, the two were living
together, had met each other's parents, and were planning on getting
married. Janie, as the rest of us, was devastated by Steve's
Janie died, fifteen years after Steve, at 3 pm on Friday, 2/24/06, at Hospice of Palm
Read the tabloid articles here.
~Warning, some parts may be upsetting~
*Note: Janie was not 36 at the time of Steve's death.