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Edgar Martell Denny (1925 – 2011)


(Photo of Edgar Martell Denny taken by my future nephew-in-law Nick Gilson.)

My wonderfully loving, compassionate, and intelligent father Edgar Martell Denny died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, January 13.  All who knew him were touched by his deep wisdom and gracious example of unconditional love.  I am grateful to him for many lessons learned, traits passed on, and happy memories.

In recent years dad never really liked his photos, but I thought this picture taken at his 85th birthday party a few months ago did capture his fun personality. (Photo by my future nephew-in-law Nick Gilson; my apologies to Nick because I was also taking pictures that night and originally thought it was my photo.)

When I was in junior high school, dad graduated from the University of Utah Law School, being awarded the Order of the Coif for academic merit.  He finished law school in four years despite working 40 hours a week and having a house full of children. (Any guesses which one is future blogger Kalyn?)

Here’s the Denny family a few years later.  This photo has gotten really faded through the years, but it’s one of my favorites.  Thanks to a thoughtful reader named Meg who restored the photo for me and sent it in an e-mail! (Our adopted sister Vida isn’t in either of these photos, so this must be before she came to live with us.)

My parents were happily married for over 50 years, and were loving companions through many years of raising children, church service, and lots of family evenings at home eating popcorn.

When my mother died in 1998 my father married Vera Holman, a lovely woman who was a great companion for dad, and they had three happy years together.

After Vera died he married Norma Noel, who lovingly cared for him for many years.  This photo shows them on the occasion of my dad’s 80th birthday party in 2005.

There have been a lot of four-generation photos through the years, but this is one of the more recent ones with my brother Dave, his son Nate, and Nate’s son Coleman.  Dad is survived by 10 children, 39 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren, 8 stepchildren, 29 stepgrandchildren and 32 step great-grandchildren.

The last few years of his life dad lived in an assisted living center, and I went there several times a week and cooked lunch for him.  Those meals with my dad will always be precious memories for me.  While I’m spending the upcoming week with my family, I’m going to feature a few recipes I’ve posted that were my dad’s favorites.

I love you dad and feel deeply blessed to be your daughter.

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    161 Comments on “Edgar Martell Denny (1925 – 2011)”

  1. I'm so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. It seems he lived a full and rich life and was loved to the end. What more can we hope for?

  2. That is a lovely tribute to your Dad Kalyn. He sounds like a wonderful man and a very special father.

  3. What a beautiful tribute to a lovely man. Sending my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Peace and love to you all. xox

  4. I'm so sorry for your loss. I lost my father just before Christmas. I'm so glad that you have such good memories of your parents and also the things they taught you and helped make you the wonderful person you are!

  5. Kalyn, what a beautiful and fitting tribute to your dad. What a remarkable man he was and what a special relationship you two shared.

    Love and Hugs,
    Susan

  6. Kalyn, you were a devoted daughter and your dad was blessed to have you! My condolences.

  7. I'm so very sorry for your loss. I'm sure your dad will be smiling down on you whenever you cook up the recipes the two of you shared.

  8. Edgar Martell Denny was clearly quite a character and a wonderful man. Thank you for sharing a small piece of him with us. My condolences for your loss; I hope you find peace in your many wonderful memories.

  9. My condolences to you and your family. Your dad sounds like a wonderful man and I would have enjoyed sharing your shrimp and macaroni salad with him.

  10. I am very sorry for you loss, he seemed like a very loved man, may he rest in peace.

  11. Kalyn, I am so sorry for your loss. This is a lovely tribute to your father; he was clearly loved.

  12. Kalyn,

    Praying comfort, peace and strength for you and yours. Hugs to you and I look forward to celebrating the joys of meals you provided and shared with your Dad. Sweet memories that will live on.

  13. Oh Kalyn, I am so sorry.

  14. Many hugs and prayers to you.

  15. That is a wonderful photo at the top. If this is a recent photo (which I am guessing because of the oxygen tubes) it seems he remained vital til the end. It is wonderful that you spent those lunches with him, and that you have such a large extended family with which to share your memories. Tough times I am sure.

  16. So sorry to hear about your dad, Kalyn. I lost mine years ago, and I know how much of a void you are feeling. Hang in there.

  17. I am sorry for your loss. He looks like he was a wonderful and very loved man. Saying a prayer for comfort and peace for your family.

    ~Lanie J.

  18. What a beautiful tribute. My condolences for your loss.

  19. I am so very sorry for your loss, Kalyn. ((hugs))

  20. Kalyn, my condolences on the loss of your father. I'm sure there's lots more for you to share (beyond what you shared here).

    Share your memories of your father and I'm sure that will help you during your time of bereavement and beyond.