During this most excruciating and difficult part of her life, Connie leaned on her family, on her friends, and on her faith. But it was the unconditionally loving and kind family dog that often brought solace when words felt empty. Everybody grieves in their own way, and much of that journey is a solitary one. For Connie, when the path twisted towards darker and more painful times, she took comfort in the company of her dog.
Two-and-a-half years after losing Carissa to a drunk driver, on October 24, 2001, the family received a phone call that would change their world again. They were adopting a new little girl into the Deason home. Cassidie Marie is their youngest daughter, and keeps them on their toes. Fun loving and warm hearted, Cassidie continues to bring joy into their lives every day.
During the next nine years, Connie began to recognize a different void in her life. In 2010, she was finally able to put words to it—she missed the dogs. Breeding, whelping and raising dogs gave her joy, hope, and appreciation for the every day miracles of life that we’re blessed with. She missed meeting the families that would eventually be taking home a new family member, and the stories, photos, and friendships that often came along with it. She missed it all. So after a long conversation with Kevin, they agreed—it was time to start again.
Giddy, excited, and full of plans, Connie started researching. While they loved the Akita breed, she knew she wanted to start with a different kind of dog this time around. Her kids grew up with the Akitas, but also had a beautiful and loving Golden Retriever names Izzy. The trademark golden smile stole everyone’s heart, and the couple started researching the breed. They discovered that cancer and hip dysplasia are huge areas of concern with Goldens, something that they knew from personal experience as well. But soon they came across the English Cream Golden Retriever, with less than half the chance of a cancer diagnosis. Connie was in love.
This is the story of how Majestic Manor Goldens came to be, but it wasn’t until 2017 that the Deasons ended up in their current home, and when Dirk Webster found himself blessed with the opportunity to work with this fantastic couple.
The Deasons moved to Carmel in 2012, celebrating the imminent arrival of their first grandchild. The dogs needed their own space, and Connie and Kevin couldn’t find that perfect spot right away, so they leased a house. It took five years, but when they finally found their home, it was nearly perfect. And they found that their daughter Carissa, already having moved Connie’s heart to return to her passion for dogs, would be a part of this process too.
When the Deasons were ready to make an offer on the property, their real estate agent placed the call. After a few words of conversation, he asked if he could put the call on speaker phone. Connie and Kevin soon found themselves speaking with the realtor in charge of selling the home, a young man who had known Carissa. In fact, he and his friends had met her and her friends at that last spring break trip. It was his video of Carissa goofing off with her friends that was featured in the Mothers Against Drunk Driving commercial. They were floored. The home seemed now, more than ever, meant to be. With a little help from Dirk, it was purchased.