Dempsey, Dennis W. "Denny"
Dennis W. "Denny" Dempsey, 70, of Surprise, AZ and Portland, OR, died Monday, February 11, 2013, at Oregon Health & Science University, Knight Cancer Institute, in Portland, after a valiant battle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (Leukemia). He had received a bone marrow transplant in November, but his body had rejected the new cells. His family was able to be at his side as he passed peacefully. He was born June 8, 1942, in Painesville, Ohio, and attended St. Mary's in Painesville. He graduated from Harvey High School in 1960 and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Social Studies at John Carroll University in Cleveland in 1964. During his military service in the U.S. Army
Transportation Corps, he attained the rank of Captain, and served in Vietnam. During his service, he became interested in commercial aviation. He entered the TWA Management Training Program based in San Francisco in 1968, and became a supervisor in the Air Freight Department. His TWA career in airport management continued as he received progressive promotions and was assigned to Philadelphia and the New York Region. In 1980 he became Station Manager at Washington Dulles International Airport. He returned to San Francisco in 1989 as Station Manager of San Francisco International Airport. He retired from TWA in 1999 and joined AvAirPros Services at San Francisco, where he was Manager Services for the San Francisco Terminal Equipment Company and San Francisco Foreign Flag Carriers, and among many managerial functions, he was involved with the development of operational procedures for the new International Terminal Building, which opened in 2000. After retirement, he and his wife, Sherry, divided their time between their homes in Portland and Surprise. Denny was known and loved for his unending sense of humor and love of sports. He was so much fun to be around, and had a cavalcade of friends, as evidenced by the outpouring of support he received during his illness. As a youth, Denny was very active in sports and as an adult, he was involved with youth sports programs such as Little League baseball, CYO Basketball, youth soccer leagues and summer swim leagues. Upon retirement, he played in the Sun City Grand Men's Softball Club and Sun City Grand Men's Golf Club in Surprise, and was a member of Rock Creek Country Club in Portland where he volunteered his time with the Junior Golf program. He was an excellent golfer, and enjoyed living on the golf course in both Surprise and in Portland. He continued to play golf for months after his diagnosis. He rarely missed sports on TV, whether it be baseball, basketball, football or golf. He is survived by his beloved wife of 15 years, Sherry; his daughter, Tara Dempsey of Oakland, CA, and son, Ryan Dempsey of San Francisco; a stepdaughter, Tiffany (Mitchell) Wiencken, and a stepson, Todd Hutchinson (Wan), both of Portland; a brother, Fr. Terry Dempsey of St. Louis, MO; and three grandchildren, Jackson, Willard and Daniel Wiencken. He was preceded in death by his parents, Pauline Lynch Dempsey and William Dempsey, and a sister, Mary Pat Dempsey. He was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1280 Saltzman Road, Portland, where funeral services will be held Saturday morning, Feb. 16, at 10:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon at the church and burial at Finley-Sunset Hills Memorial Park, Portland. A memorial service is being planned at the Sun City Grand "Field of Dreams" softball stadium. For information please contact Roger Neumann at (623) 225-7229. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that remembrances be made in Dennis Dempsey's name to support Patient Support Services at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. Please make your checks payable to the OHSU Foundation and mail to Mail Stop 45 PO Box 4000, Portland, OR 97208-9852.