Dennis Donahue

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Anchorage resident Dennis Michael Donahue, 55, died Feb. 12, 2011, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

A visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 E St. A service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Cathedral in Anchorage. The Rev. Francis Lee will be the officiant for the service. Pallbearers will be Ryan Donahue, Cameron Donahue, Terry Donahue and Patrick Donahue. Dennis will be laid to rest at Fort Richardson National Cemetery.

Dennis was born Oct. 26, 1955, in Peoria, Ill. He attended Eastern Kentucky University, University of Alaska Anchorage, and Charter College, receiving an associate's degree in bookkeeping.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from August 1976 to March 1981 at Elmendorf AFB and the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Dennis moved to Alaska in 1977 and worked at LabCorp as a customer service representative for five years, Wells Fargo Bank and First National Bank, all in Anchorage. Dennis attended Holy Family Cathedral. He was an avid reader, wine connoisseur, and sports enthusiast.

The family states: "Dennis was an amazing husband, friend and father. His magnetic personality made it hard for all he met not to like him, despite his disclaimer, 'It's hard to be me!' Dennis was never the center of attention, but was the life of the party. His enthusiasm impacted more people than he realized while he was alive."

"Dennis was very athletic, won the 110-Percent Award in college and was an avid sports fan. A native of Illinois, he loved the Chicago Cubs and Bears. Many times he watched the Seattle Mariners with his longtime neighbor Grace Yamaguchi. He also loved the Tour de France, and like Lance Armstrong, tried to 'Live Strong' in every aspect of his life.

"In all his passions, Dennis studied until he was an expert. In recent years, he became an avid reader. His gusto for life included food, wine, chocolate, Apple computers, Hawaii, family trips to Illinois, God and country."

Dennis is survived by wife, Deborah Donahue; daughter, Meghan Donahue; sons, Ryan and Cameron Donahue; mother, Avis Donahue of Oregon, Ill.; brother, Terry Donahue with wife Jeanne and two children of Metamora, Ill.; brother, James Donahue with wife Mary and three children of West Peoria, Ill.; sister, Elizabeth Shaffer with husband Steve and three children of Sparland, Ill.; brother, Patrick Donahue with wife Christine and two children of Oregon, Ill.; and sister, Mary Lou Johnson with husband Mike and two children of Oak Creek, Wis.

Dennis was preceded in death by his father, John Robert Donahue.

Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.



Published in Anchorage Daily News from Feb. 17 to Feb. 18, 2011