(EDITOR’S NOTE: For more information on the event or the grand marshals please contact: Eugene A. Drummond (209) 358-1935 or Silvia Fuller (209) 358-3636.)
Wil Dean, Bishop Dwight Amey and Sheriff Mark Pazin, will be the grand marshals of the 17th annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity Celebration held Monday, Jan. 21.
The event will begin with a march along Martin Luther King, Jr. Way to the Merced County Fairgrounds and is open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee, the City of Merced Office of Recreation and the Boys and Girls Club of Merced County.
The March will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the Amtrak station, 324 w. 24th St and end at the Merced County Fairgrounds, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Inside the Exhibit Building at the fairgrounds the celebration will continue with a multi-ethnic Unity program featuring entertainment by local school children, youth groups, choirs and speakers.
There is no admission charge for the celebration.
Wil Dean is the new owner of Merced Chevrolet, a full-service Chevrolet dealer with a body shop, serving the county and surrounding areas.
Prior to acquiring Merced Chevrolet, Dean spent the last 10 years in leadership roles within General Motors franchises, including owning Saturn of Elk Grove. Before entering the GM Minority Dealer Development Program in 2002, Dean worked as Director of Business Development for RightWorks, a leading provider of e-procurement software. He has also served as Director of Business Development for Internet Procurement at Oracle, Inc.
A native of Nacogdoches, Texas, he earned a master of business administration from Pepperdine University in Malibu and a bachelor of arts from the University of Texas at Austin.
He and his wife, Tasha, have two children; a 16-year old daughter and 11-year old son.
Bishop Dwight Walter Amey, Sr. has been Pastor of New Faith Tabernacle Christian Church of Merced for 36 years. He has conducted revivals and marriage seminars across the country and in Germany, Japan and Turkey.
He is a past member of the Merced City Council, Officer of the Courts, Lions Club, Kiwanis Club, member of the Merced Citizen Advisory, Redevelopment Agency, City of Merced Parks and Recreation Commission and president of Friends of Merced Parks and Recreation.
Bishop Amey also is the chairman for the annual Martin Luther King Celebration. The City Council recently honored him by naming the Dwight Amey Neighborhood Park after him.
Pazin has been a member of the Merced County Sheriff’s Department since 1981. He has worked his way up through the ranks from deputy and detective, becoming a sergeant, commander and assistant sheriff before being elected sheriff-coroner in 2002.
The sheriff holds an associate of arts degree from Merced College, a bachelor’s of arts degree from the University of San Francisco and a master of arts degree in National Securities Studies from the American Military University.
He has been through the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., served as the president of the California State Sheriff’s Association and is on the University of California, Merced, board of trustees.