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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 for your loss, but what a beautiful post and pictures. Thank you for sharing.

  2. What a lovely tribute to your dad, Kalyn. My heart is breaking for you, I know how much you loved and will miss him.

  3. I'm so very sorry to hear this Kalyn! Donna and I both send our deepest sympathies.

  4. My condolences on your loss Kalyn. Big hugs to you.

  5. Thank you again to everyone for the loving comments. It does make me smile to hear that others are enjoying the foods he loved so much.

  6. Kalyn, my condolences on the loss of your father. May you and your family find comfort in all those wonderful memories. Our family is enjoying some of his favorite dishes at this time too.

  7. This is a very sweet tribute to your father. It sounds like he left you with lots of wonderful memories.

  8. Your father looks so handsome in his tribute in the paper today. Sounds like he led a full life being in the Navy and then graduating from law school while married with 10 children. Wow. What a great father. I see why you are so proud of him.
    Sending caring thoughts your way, Kalyn.
    from Wanda

  9. condolences on the death of your father and warm wishes to you and your family – he sounds like an amazing person and it is lovely to see the family photos

  10. So very sorry for your loss. He sounds like a wonderful man.

    Lisa.

  11. I'm so sorry for your loss. We'll keep your father, your family, and you in our prayers.

  12. I came across your blog from a PCOS site. I think it is wonderful and you are an amazing tribute to good health and determination. I am 26 and I lost my Dad in July of 2010. He would have been 59 in December. It was sudden and without warning. When I saw you had lost your Dad my heart ached for you. I am so sorry and please know you will be in my prayers and your father on my heart.

    God bless you and your family.

    Tricia P.

  13. Kalyn – I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. What a wonderful tribute you have shared. He sounds like a very special man, who created a warm and loving family that lives on.

  14. I am so sorry for your loss. It sounds like your father was a great man, and that he will be greatly missed.

  15. (((Kalyn and family))) heartfelt condolences and hopes that this time together with family will heal the grief in some small way.

  16. What a lovely tribute to your dad, Kalyn. You know I am thinking of you and sending you a huge hug.

  17. That is such a beautiful tribute, Kalyn. I wish peace for your father and all of your family. His legacy lives on in all of you.

  18. Dear Kalyn, thinking of you. Thanks for sharing some of your dad's story with us. What a life! 🙂 Hugs from Maryland.

  19. Losing your Daddy is so hard. It feels like everything is surreal. I still think about my sweet Daddy every day and he has been gone since 1997. My heartfelt wishes go out to you Kayln.

  20. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Your father's spirit will live on. Take care of yourself, Kalyn.

  21. Kalyn, I'm so sorry for your loss. What lovely pictures you have of him and your whole family! My dad passed away on 12/15 and I'm still trying to figure out what's "normal" now.

  22. I am deeply sorry for your loss, and moved by your tribute. He certainly raised a very classy daughter, and please treasure your memories. You are in our thought and prayers.

  23. Sorry to hear of the loss of your father. It's wonderful you have so many special memories.

  24. I'm so very sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  25. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It's so hard to lose the ones who love you most.

  26. So sorry for your loss. Losing our parents is tough!
    Lois

  27. I'm so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts about your Dad and family.

  28. Kalyn, I'm so sorry. I'm thinking about you, your dad, and your family.

  29. Handsome man; beautiful family. I'm sorry for your loss, dear Kalyn. May he rest in peace. I'm keeping you and your family in my prayers for peace of heart and peace of mind at this time. Big hug,
    Paz

  30. I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute to your dad.Thinking of you!

  31. What a beautiful tribute to what sounds like an amazing man. I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

  32. It is so wonderful to see the appreciation you have for your father. He will continue to look over you every day. You and your family are in my thoughts & prayers. You've got all of us blog followers supporting you <3

    Sarah

  33. What a wonderful tribute. Sounds like you have a wonderful family. Comforting to know we'll all be together again someday.

  34. K-
    So sorry for your loss.
    My dad was born in 1921-reminds me a lot of your dad.
    Thinking of you and your family at this time.

  35. Kalyn,
    what a beautiful tribute. It's clear the apple didn't fall far from the tree. I wish you and your family peace, love and comfort in this time.

  36. I am so touched by all the nice comments. Thanks everyone.

    Paula, I'm the oldest child (which would have given it away if you'd known that. So I'm the girl on the far left in that photo and the one with bangs next to my mom in the second one.

  37. I am so sorry for your loss, Kalyn. What a beautiful tribute.

  38. Kalyn, What a tough loss for you and your family! I'm so sorry. May God bless you in the coming days.

    p.s. Are you the one playing with your Dad's cap in the graduation picture?

  39. My deepest sympathies for your loss. Your dad sounds like a wonderful man. I know that there are so many fond memories that you will carry with you always.

  40. I don't know you…. but I'm sorry your dad has died.. may your find strength in Jesus.

  41. this is a wonderful memory of his life and with such a big family i hope you can be of comfort to each other.

    i'm thinking of you.

  42. Beautiful tribute to your father. Sending our condolences.

  43. Bless your heart. Losing my dad would devastate me. I pray your family is comforted in your grief….What an incredible legacy he has left in your large family.

  44. A beautiful tribute to your father, Kalyn. All the happy memories are the single most important legacy he left. A big hug.

  45. Kalyn,

    I am so sorry for your loss. What a lovely tribute to a great man.

    Amy

  46. Kalyn's

    Thanks for sharing a little piece of your life. I'm sorry about your father; you can see the warmth in his heart through the look in his eyes.

  47. I am very sorry for your loss. May your wonderful memories sustain you and keep you close to your brothers and sisters. Barbie in Tualatin

  48. Kalyn, I'm so sorry to hear about your father. It is never easy to lose someone so special, even if they have lived a long, wonderful life. It sounds like you were very blessed to have him as a father. I wish you well taking time with your family to honor his memory. My thoughts are with you.

  49. I'm so sorry Kalyn. You wrote a beautiful tribute.

  50. My condolences to you and your family. Thanks for sharing your family pictures with us. What a wonderful life he appears to have had!

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