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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. Kalyn,
    You have my deepest sympathy on the loss of your dad. What a lovely family you have. We have read a lot about your dad – so nice to put a face to a name. He was a very lucky man to have such a wonderful family and you were so lucky to have him with you for so long. Sending a hug your way…

  2. So sorry about your father's passing but so glad you have so many happy memories. I came from a family of 6 children so know big families are full of great memories.

  3. Kalyn, I am so sorry for your loss. I know what you are going through, as I lost my dad too on January 13th. He was 87, born in 1923, and died exactly 8 weeks after my mother passed away. I know how hard it was to write your tribute to your father, but it is amazingly powerful and I feel your dad's spirit through your writing. I will keep you in my prayers, and may God bless you in your healing.

  4. How fortunate you are to have had such a wonderful father and to have such great memories. So sorry for the loss of your Dad.

  5. Oh Kalyn I am so sorry for your loss. You father sounds like an amazing man and I know he must have been so proud of you. My thoughts are with you.

  6. A beautiful tribute to a wonderful father. What a fab family you all are. And a loving one too. Well done to you for being a loving devoted daughter Kalyn. I am so sorry for your great loss. May the love and memories sustain you as you grieve for your dad. Much love and hugs xx

  7. I am so sorry Kalyn. Sending a prayer for you and your beautiful family.

  8. My heart is saddened at your loss of such a special person in your life. There's nothing like a loving Dad and I know the void you are experiencing as my Dad passed 12 years ago. May you and your family be granted an extra measure of peace and comfort.

  9. Kaln,Sorry for your loss.I lost my Mom just over a month a go.But I have a life time of memeories to keep her with me.I am also one of ten.Lots of good times to hold on to.

  10. So sorry to hear of your loss, and thank you so much for being here. I am trying SBD to lose 8 pounds and have been struggling. You make it easier every day. Thanks again. And my sympathies,
    Dawn

  11. . I am so sorry to hear of your fathers passing Kalyn. I am sure he leaves behind a legacy of wonderful memories and plenty of love. Our yjpight are with you at this time of sadness.

  12. Kayln,

    I am so sorry for your loss. You had an extremely special father. Your tribute touched my heart.

    Bless you, Nancy

  13. So sorry for your loss, Kalyn.

  14. Oh Kalyn, I am so sorry for your loss.

    Clearly you dad was an amazing individual who lived his life to the fullest. This was an inspiration to read. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

    Peggy

  15. Kalyn, I am so very sorry for your loss. It has always been a pleasure to read about your family, and especially your devotion to your dad these past few years. I know you will miss him, but his legacy will live on in your family forever. Peace be with you.

  16. Thank you everyone for all the love and support. xoxo to all!

  17. Dear Kaly, I am very sorry that you have lost your dad. Big hugs from me. Kirsten

  18. My condolences to you, Kalyn. Losing a father is tough. Keep the memories near and dear. I am praying for you during this time of loss.

  19. Kalyn, I am quite new to your blog and just wanted to give my condolences to you and your family. I hope you get to spend time with your loved ones and that you are surrounded by love and support.

  20. What a wonderful tribute to him – my sympathies to you and yours. I know he will continue to live on in your memories and your heart.