Dennis "Denny" Lynn Hall, 76, of Ammon, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, at his home of cancer.
Dennis was born Dec. 30, 1935, to Darius Lee Hall and Meryl Kroll Hall in Idaho Falls. When he was 6 months old, he was diagnosed with glaucoma, which eventually caused blindness.
He attended the School for the Blind in Gooding, Idaho, and graduated from there in 1954. He attended Boise State and Ricks College, where he majored in radio communication.
He hung around the KID radio station until they decided to hire him. He worked in production and co-hosted a radio show from 1959 to 1967 with Tom Jackson on Saturday nights, the Tom and Denny Show, playing songs from the '30s and '40s.
While at KID, Denny's boss, Mel Richardson, introduced him to Elaine Elkington, and they were later married in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on March 11, 1967. They moved to St. Anthony, where he took a job at KIGO Radio as the chief engineer.
In 1969, Dennis moved to Cincinnati to be a computer programmer. He was there for nine months learning how to program the IBM 360 using punch cards.
He worked at Hill Air Force Base in Clearfield, Utah, from 1970 to 1976. He enjoyed working with his hands and while living in Clearfield, he repaired many a neighbor's appliances.
Still wanting to get back into radio, Denny applied and received a position at KUSU-FM at Utah State University. Dennis worked from 1976 to 1988 working in production, recording programs, news and board shifts.
The Utah State Library for the Blind and Disabled needed someone who had radio experience to work on their side band radio reading and proofreading Braille. He worked there from 1988 until his retirement in 2005. The family moved to Ammon in 2009.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Elaine Hall of Ammon; two daughters, Terri (Thomas) Moon of Pasco, Wash., and Ginger (David) Wagstaff of Kuna, Idaho; eight grandchildren; foster daughters, Nellie Bernellie and Janice Watchman Martinez; brothers, Darwin (Nina) Kroll, Ray Lamont Hall and Lexie Hall of Las Vegas; sisters, Carol Hall, Starla (Bob) Schoelkopf of Graeagle, Nev., and Taunda Riecke of Idaho Falls; stepbrothers, Wesley Guymon of Ririe and Mack Guymon of Richmond, Utah; stepsisters, Janet Farnworth of Idaho Falls, Grace (Craig) Winn of Salt Lake City, Trudy (Jim) Hess of Richmond, Utah, and Linda (James) Lovell of Ririe; and a sister-in-law, Alease Guymon of Sandy, Utah.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Doloris Hall; and a stepbrother, Delroy Guymon.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at the Ammon LDS 10th Ward Chapel, 4375 E. Sunnyside Road, with Bishop Wes Wood officiating. The family will visit with friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at Coltrin Mortuary, 2100 First St. in Idaho Falls, and one hour prior to services Monday at the church. Burial will be in Ammon Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.coltrinmortuary.com.