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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 sorry to hear of your Dad's passing Kalyn – you frequently mentioned him in your blogs and it was evident how much he was loved. He, no doubt, was very proud of you and the rest of his family. He lived a fortunate life. Kate

  2. Kalyn,
    Thanks for sharing your personal story and the wonderful photos of your Dad.

    I look forward to seeing some of his favorites while you take some time with your family.

  3. Kalyn,
    My sympathies to you and your whole family on the loss of your dad. The fond and loving memories you all have with live with you always.

  4. Beautiful post. I am so sorry for your loss, Kayln. All my best to you.

  5. Kaylen, I am so sorry for your loss. I would wager that he is as proud of you, as you are of him. It seems the apple didn't fall too far from the tree in your family. Hugs to you and your sibs, Anna

  6. I am sorry for your loss. That just hurts so much. Take your time to grieve and be with your family…we'll be waiting here when you get back.

  7. Kalyn, I am so sorry for your loss (((hugs))). That is a loving tribute to your father. I wish you and your family much strength and peace during this difficult time.

  8. He sounds like a wonderful man and father. Praying for comfort for you and your family.

  9. I am sorry to hear about your fathers passing. Great write up. One of the biggest things that I am scared of is losing my father.

  10. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Praying for comfort during this time for you and your family.

  11. I have heard it said that our souls choose our parents. Sounds like you made an excellent choice! Your father is on to the next chapter in his never ending life. I hope you can embrace all the love flowing to you in this moment and it will help sustain you as you mourn for this amazing man.

    God bless.

  12. Kalyn,
    My heart goes out to you and your family for the great loss of your beloved father. How lovely, your bittersweet tribute. It touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes.
    He's left behind a tremendous legacy- his family and the memories you shared. He must have been very proud of all of you.

    I send prayers of comfort to you and your entire family. He rests in peace.

  13. Kalyn, how sad to lose your dad! Seems he lived a full good life. How intelligent to have chosen good women for his life companions. May you find peace and love in his remembrance. Un fuerte abrazo….Nati

  14. I am so very sorry for you loss, You and your family are in my thoughts. This is such a beautiful tribute to your dad.

  15. I'm so very sorry for your loss.

  16. As a friend who dearly loves Kalyn, I want to express my sincere condolences to her for the loss of her father. For those of you who only know the greatness of Kalyn's blog, but don't personally know the greatness of Kalyn, may I convey to you the love and devotion I saw Kalyn share with her father. She has been a daughter a father would be proud to have. She has richly loved and served her father. From reading the obituary, it is evident that the example and influence of wonderful parents have impacted the great woman she is. What a great legacy, which continues through her and her siblings.
    "Cheers", as Kalyn would say. Laura

  17. Oh, Kalyn, I'm so sorry to hear about your father's death. What a remarkable man and what a remarkable family you are part of. There must be enormous comfort, having a large, close family – but I'm sure there will be some sad days ahead. Big hugs to you –


  18. So sad to hear of your dad's passing. My prayers go out to you and your big loving family.

  19. I am sorry for your loss. Your tribute to him is beautiful and how special to have had lunch with him so often during these last few years.

    You and your family will be in my thoughts!


  20. What a great Dad you had, Kalyn. It's clear from your writing that you loved and admired him. I'm so sorry for your loss.