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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. That was so beautiful to read, Kalyn. As I said on FB, I really enjoyed any of your updates that included touching, funny, or sweet stories about your father. It's obvious to anyone who reads your descriptions that he was a wonderful father and an important part of who you are (a wonderful woman) today. What a full and good life he led. I hope all of your memories of your father will bring a smile to your face and joy to your heart. The loss is surely heartbreaking for you, my friend, but he lives on in your loving and beautiful families. xoxo

  2. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

  3. Kalyn, I have read of your Dad so many times in your blog and could tell how much he meant to you. Your favorite recipe judge! I am very sorry for your loss and know all of us who follow your wonderful blog are praying for you and your Family at this sad time.

  4. I'm so sorry Kalyn. This is a beautiful tribute to your Dad. Thank you for sharing with us.

  5. I am very sorry for your loss, you were blessed to have each other.

  6. I'm sorry for your loss. But what a nice tribute to your dad. It's clear you will be comforted by many good memories of time spent with him.

  7. Kalyn, I am so sorry for your loss. You were obviously blessed with a wonderful father.

  8. Dear Kalyn,

    You have my deepest sympathy and you are in my thoughts, Kalyn. What an extraordinary man! So accomplished on so many levels! How proud you must be to be his daughter!


  9. What a sweet tribute to your father, who sounds like a remarkable man. My deepest sympathies to you in your loss.

  10. I'm so sorry for your loss. Very touching pictures and tribute.


  11. I am so sorry for your loss.

  12. kalyn what a wonderful tribute, sounds like you and your siblings were truly blessed. my prayers are with you.

  13. What a lovely tribute to your dad. How lucky you are to have been able to spend so much time with him in the last couple of years.

  14. So beautiful Kalyn.

  15. What a wonderful man he must have been. My condolences.

  16. I am so very sorry for your loss, Kalyn. (((HUGS)))

  17. Kalyn,
    Your father sounds like he was a smart, caring and kind man. Clearly he passed all these qualities onto his daughter. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts.

  18. I am sorry for your loss. I lost my Dad in 2007 of Alzheimer's.

  19. Kalyn, so sorry to hear of the passing of your father; but from what you've told us in these few words, there's no doubt he comfortably resting beside your mom now and is at Home. My sympathy to you and all of your extended family — what a wonderful tribute to him!

  20. So sorry for your loss… May all your family embrace the best memories like you have in this sweet post.