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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 am so sorry for your loss.
    Your father will live on through the many fantastic memories you and your family have.


  2. Kalyn, thank you so much for sharing this with us. What a beautiful tribute. I can tell you love your father very much. You must have been the apple of his eye!

    I will be thinking of you and your family.


  3. What a beautiful story you shared with us.
    Sorry for your loss,Kalyn

  4. Sending prayers your way. What a lovely tribute to your father.

  5. So sorry Kayln…..you are awesome and they say girls get their identities from their fathers.

  6. Kalyn, I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Blessings…Mary

  7. My sincere sympathy, Kalyn. Your dad sounds like he was a great guy. What a nice post.

  8. My deepest sympathy Kalyn. I understand how difficult it is to lose a parent. The great memories will always be there.

    Take care…


  9. My thoughts are with you. You're so fortunate to have the wonderful pictures and memories of your dad and family!

  10. I am sorry for your loss, take care, xoxox

  11. I am so sorry for your loss of a obviously treasured Father.
    May the angels hold you while you weep and lead you on the right paths once your grief is complete.

  12. Kalyn, That is a beautiful post to Dad. You are a great sister and I love you.

  13. My deepest sympathy on your loss. When we lost our 20-year old daughter I found this quote from Helen Keller gave me comfort, "What we have once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose. For all that we love deeply becomes a part of us."

  14. Thank you again to everyone for the nice thoughts. It does mean a lot to me. Nupur, you are right; in the first photo I'm the tallest girl and in the second one I'm the girl to the left of my mother with the very long bangs we wore in those days!

  15. Kalyn,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your father. I know you and your family will be comforted by the wonderful memories you have of him.

  16. I am so sorry for the loss of your dear father. He would be so happy to read your loving memorial.
    God bless and comfort you.
    Pam on Long Island

  17. Kalyn- What a beautiful tribute to your wonderful Dad. Please accept my condolences.

    I think I recognize you in the pictures- in the first picture, you are girl furthest on the left, the tallest one. Am I right. Thanks for sharing these lovely memories!

  18. Thank you for sharing this lovely tribute with us (your readers). What an amazing man and what a truly wonderful life! You are such a terrific daughter! Isn't it nice to look back and have these happy, amazing memories. Bless your heart and your family – I will be keeping you in my prayers. -Melissa

  19. My sympathies to you and your family. Your father has a kindness in his face.

  20. So sorry for your loss! What a beautiful tribute to your father.