Dennis Phillip Rouse
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Dennis Phillip Rouse died peacefully Monday, October 22, 2012 surrounded by family. Death was a result of pneumonia brought on by Congestive heart failure. Born in Arizona, Dennis's family moved to San Pedro when he was 2 years old. He attended San Pedro schools including San Pedro High School where he was a co-captain of the football team and an all-city guard. Dennis served two tours in Vietnam as an army pathfinder in the 101st airborne division. He reached the rank of Sargent and received numerous medals of merit including the bronze star for valor and the purple heart with oak leave cluster. Upon his discharge from the army, Dennis attended Northern Arizona University; graduating in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in Business. He worked for Mountain Bell Telephone company in the Phoenix area of Arizona before he and his brother, Mitchell inherited a small taxi company in Wilmington upon the passing of their father, John Rouse in 1977. Over 30 years the two brothers, along with Mitchell's wife, Alice, built a multi-company taxicab co-op based in Gardena that included Long Beach Yellow Cab, Los Angeles Yellow Cab, South Bay Yellow Cab, United Checker Cab, Fiesta Taxi, and Super Shuttle. Dennis also aided in the establishment of the current taxi operations procedures at LAX which has been copied by many airports world wide. Dennis was also an avid sailor. He and his brother built and owned the IOR 70 class racing sloop "Taxidancer". In 1989 the two brothers took Taxidancer on the Trans pacific yacht race from San Pedro to Honolulu, Hawaii winning Class "A" for the largest boats in the race. Dennis loved to read, keeping over a thousand books, mostly histories, at his two story home in Belmont Shores. Dennis is survived by his brother, Mitchell; his twin sister, Dianne; his three children, Bill, Matt and Kristen, and his four grandchildren,: Kenny, Michael, Lois and Bonnie. Services will be private. The family suggests making donations to the Wounded Warrior Project at http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/contact-us/san-diego.aspx, 2468 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 150, San Diego, CA 92106, (619) 981- 9642. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Oct. 30, 2012