Dean Allen Goodheart was born in Russell, Kansas, on April 9, 1946. He graduated from Russell High School in 1964 and served a short tour in the United States Army. Goodheart joined the Patrol on November 1, 1972, and was assigned to Valley Center following completion of the academy. In 1974, he voluntarily transferred to Thomas County. He was assigned to the Patrol’s Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) in 1993. Goodheart was promoted to Master Trooper in 1994 and continued his motor carrier safety duties until his death.