Area victim remembered as ‘dedicated, likeable’

Dean Meyers, 53, fatally shot Wednesday night at a gas station in Prince William County, spent most of life working in Manassas.

His first job out of Penn State University was as a rookie engineer with R.B. Thomas Engineering, 9401 East St., Manassas, where he worked for a number of years before joining Dewberry & Davis, where he had just celebrated his 20th anniversary.

Ron Ewing, chief operating officer with the firm, said Meyers had worked late at the company’s office at 10525 Battleview Parkway in Manassas and was filling up his car for his trip home to Gaithersburg, Md., when he was shot.

“It has been a real sad day for his fellow workers,” said Ewing, adding that Meyers was employed as a project manager and design engineer with the firm, working in the survey division at the Manassas office.

He had also worked at other Dewberry sites. The firm does engineering, surveying, planning, landscape and architecture and boundary and topographic surveys.

Meyers, a Vietnam veteran, was not married, co-workers said.

R.B. Thomas recalls Meyers as being “an excellent engineer, a dedicated worker and a very likeable person.”

Thomas said Meyers “despite being right out of college impressed me and I hired him, along with a number of other talented engineers in the mid 70s to help run my engineering firm.”

Mike Mullen, now with Basham and Mullen in Nokesville, worked with Meyers at Thomas’ engineering firm.

“We both began working at the same time in 1975 and I left the company just before he did. We’ve stayed in touch through the years, often running into [each other] at engineering seminars,” Mullen said.

“I had heard the name Dean Meyers on television and at first I couldn’t believe it was him. When I found out it was, I was really shocked. He was the greatest guy you could get to know. I can’t believe what has happened.”

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