Dennis Southworth died Nov. 27, 2012, surrounded by all the people who loved him, and his best bud, Kathy Carrico, at Denali Center.
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He was born Sept. 5, 1951, in Bakersfield, Calif. He spent most of his childhood in Los Angeles and it was a pretty good childhood.
His father died when Dennis was in his teens, and his mother died when he was in his 30s.
After high school, he went to school in San Francisco. He received his bachelor's degree there. He came to Alaska in 1976, and according to Dennis, it was "serendipity." He received his master's degree in geology from University of Alaska Fairbanks. Dennis published numerous articles related to his field of expertise. After graduate school, he got a job with the Bureau of Mines, an organization headed by the federal government. This job involved lots of traveling around the state including Anchorage and Juneau. However his home base was mainly in Fairbanks. He worked with them for 19 years. He was diagnosed with MS (multiple sclerosis) in the 1990s. The disease left him a quadriplegic but did not tarnish his extreme, dry sense of humor.
He moved into Denali Center in 2003. In his own words, "To find peace, I use creative visualization to go to my happy place in my mind."
Dennis loved to watch movies, baseball and share a beer with a friend. Dennis' last wishes were to throw a party in his honor. So please join us from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at the Red Fox Bar and Grill.
Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
Fairbanks Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.
3704 Erickson Avenue Fairbanks, AK 99709
Published in Daily News-Miner on Dec. 2, 2012