Denis John Fox, 69, died unexpectedly July 1, 2013. Born in Fairbanks on Nov. 27, 1943, to John and Eileen Fox, he was the oldest of four children. He attended Immaculate Conception Grade School and Monroe High School, graduating in 1962. |
Before heading off to college in the fall, his father told him that they were hiring at Alaska Department of Highways and suggested he show up to get a job. He was hired seasonally and eventually became a full-time employee, working in design and construction and right of way, until his retirement in 1998, after 35 years of service.
Between 1965 and 1968, he served in the United States Coast Guard.
In 1976, he met his best friend and future wife, Natalie Patricia Vitt, through a blind date arranged by his mother. They married in 1977 and would have celebrated 36 years of marriage in July. They had two daughters, Nikki and Meagan, who were his pride and joy. And then there were grandchildren. He was so happy to have been a part of their early lives. He loved to give them rides on the lawn tractor, when they were able, while he was mowing the lawn and he was delighted when the oldest was able to ride with him to fish camp. He said frequently that he had been blessed to have lived long enough to have known them all.
After returning to Fairbanks from the service in 1968, he joined the Fairbanks Curling Club and was active in many ways for more than 40 years. He had been a representative from Alaska to the United States Curling Association and went on to become a United States Representative to the World Curling Federation. During that time, he served as the director of finance for four years until 2004, when he was forced to retire for health reasons. While he could not be as active in the Curling Club in later years, he continued to be involved with curling as one of the directors with the Fairbanks Curling Club Foundation. He was also a member of the POETS group and the Elks Club.
Denis enjoyed spending time with family and friends. His summers were spent puttering in the yard and going to fish camp on the Copper River. He enjoyed travelling in the spring and fall so as not to miss the summers and not to leave the house in the cold, in case it should freeze up. At the end of his "work" day, Denis would always head down to the Midnite Mine for a couple cold beers. He enjoyed the company and conversation with Bob, the girls and the regulars.
Denis lived his entire life in Fairbanks and loved the state of Alaska and its people. He often said, "Life is better, north of 60."
Denis is preceded in death by his father, John; mother, Eileen; brother, Stephen; and stepfather, James Lovelady. He is survived by his wife, Pat; daughter and son-in-law, Nikki and Randy Curtis; daughter and son-in-law, Meagan and Eric Janssen; grandchildren, Connor, Mya, Jemma and Hayden; daughter, Aimee Fox; sisters, Janice (Rod) Platzke and Sheila (Ron) Foster; and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life is planned from 3-6 p.m. Aug. 31, 2013, at the Fairbanks Curling Club, 1962 Second Ave., in Fairbanks. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Denis' name to the Fairbanks Curling Foundation or the
Published in Daily News-Miner on July 19, 2013