Dean Scott Lewis was born in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada in 1964 and in 1972 was legally adopted by his step-father. In 1972 he changed his name to Dean Scott Roth. In March of 1982 at the age of 17 he joined the Canadian Armed Force. He was signed in by his parents while pledging allegiance to the Queen and Country at Centennial Hall in London, Ontario. He was sent to Cornwallis, Nova Scotia for “boot camp” as the last naval platoon 8214 before closing of this base.
He then headed to Halifax, Nova Scotia to be trained as a sonar operator. While on sonar course he received a posting to HMCS Annapolis which had run aground off of Halifax, tearing off their active sonar. Submariners came and asked for volunteers for submarines and as top student for his course Dean accepted. He desired to do his role as a sonar man in the Secret Service also known as the Silent Service during the “Cold War” and protect Canada.