David Dennis

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    - Ruth Inglis
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    - Catlyn Clark
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    - Lysa maher
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David Lynn Dennis, 49, passed away peacefully and surrounded by love, at home, May 25, 2012 of cancer. His last words were of love and gratitude, just as he lived life.

His great faith comforted him throughout his life.

David was born September 11, 1962 in Coeur d' Alene Idaho to Eva and Bill Dennis. He was raised with Christian faith and a love of adventure. David and Mark lost their beautiful, kind mother to a

sudden brain aneurysm when they where 10 and 12 years old. In time, Bill was blessed to meet

and marry a wonderful, loving woman named Lynn. Both brothers adored her and came to call

her Mom.

Along with his older brother Mark, with his father's fine example and devoted attention, he

excelled at skiing and riding dirt bikes. The family went dirt bike camping, skiing, or hunting most weekends often with lifelong best friends Ricker Miles, Steve Frampton and Steve Hall. The Dennis Family lost Mark to a boat accident in Homer, 2002.

After attending his first year at University of Idaho in 1981 David came to Alaska to join Mark commercial fishing for the summer and David stayed on and on, making quality friends where ever he went and catching the name 'BigWaveDave' as well as being known as a honest, loyal, stand up, kind, tough guy. An earnest Alaskan for 31 years, David called Anchorage and Kodiak home.

In 1984 David met and married Jeannie, a beautiful lady through and through. David gained a

forever family and adored his step daughter Jessica, who recalls all his love and generosity,

teaching her how to ski, (as he did with all of his daughters as well as their friends) and getting

her a VW Bug for her first car. The marriage ended early though love remains.

David's heart swelled when their daughter Nicole Courtney Dennis was born in 1985. She was a perfect blend of her mom and dad and she lit up his life for the 18 years she lived and loved. Sadly, Jeannie, David and family lost sweet Nicole to cancer after a very courageous, nine year battle in 2004.

Lysa Maher and David fell in love in 1998. He had a lot of admiration and love for her daughter

Catlyn Larrissa Clark, she loved him right back always appreciative of his constant support in all

her accomplishments. Right after Christmas that year, David, Lysa, Catlyn, Nicole and family welcomed a lively bundle of joy, Jadyn Evamarie Dennis. David called her his sunshine and they positively glowed in each other's presence. In 2006, Jadyn and her daddy learned to surf together in Kauai, David went on to surf Kodiak as well.

In his final days, Jadyn often soothed her father to sleep by playing her guitar. The day before he died, David sang "You are my sunshine" to Jadyn, despite that he had only been able to speak in short mumbles for days, he found the strength to sing every word clearly.

In his 31 year fishing career as a Bering Sea Crabber and all around top deckhand of most fisheries, he was always a top man on deck. He belonged to a brotherhood born of living on the edge and digging deep to rise high; he loved and was loved by a tight group of 'soldiers'. He received a huge outpouring of love from so many.

David was a Highliner' back in the day', and a proud Longliner who spoke out for Crewmen's rights. He and his best friend 'Tall' Paul Dou had an exceptional 2011 Halibut season, with whales right alongside the boat and picture perfect rainbows. David had a special place in his heart for "Uncle' Dan Lopez and mom-in-love Lynda McMahon. David leaves behind a large and loving family in Idaho and more friends than this paper has space.

David wants you all to find joy in today, go hug someone. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be directed to Seattle's Children's Cancer Research Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105 866-9872000 ( toll free)

We thank everyone at Providence Hospital and Cancer Center, Alaska Oncology and Providence Hospice for their excellent care and respect. Final arrangements are being handled with great care by Legacy Funeral Homes.

A BIG Celebration of Life is in the works for the Homer area roughly planned for sometime in late July, early August. Plans should be set by end of June. Information will be available through Lysa, Jeannie and Paul.

David~Big Wave~Dennis was as wild and strong as the Arctic wind, with a heart bigger than the Bering Sea.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from June 3 to June 9, 2012