Dennis John Wright, 52, of Yuma, finished his earthly journey in Chandler, Arizona to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ.
Born in Tucson, Arizona November 22, 1955 he grew up and lived most of his life in Roll and Yuma working in agriculture. He attended Antelope High School in WelltonÊand laterÊgraduated from Kofa High School in Yuma. He served in the U.S. Navy as a medical corpsman in Japan and the Philippines; he worked as a paramedic for Rural Metro ambulance; was a commercial diver on oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico; and owned a road-siding (hay-stacking) business in the Mohawk Valley.
Dennis enjoyed boating and riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. His rides covered most of the United States including Laughlin; Sturgis; and one of his favorites, the White Mountains of Arizona. When not riding his Harley, he enjoyed cruising the Colorado River on his pontoon boat playing his favorite rock and roll or blues music at full volume and camping in the desert and at the dunes with his nephew Tristan Wright. He was a proud member of the National Rifle Association.
He was generous and loving with his family and friends; especially with Brandon Bell whom he considered to be his own son. Dennis was proud of Brandon and put him first in all his thoughts and deeds.
Dennis was a humble, private, and loyal man who had a biker-tough exterior but always remembered his friend's birthdays and cared enough to rush to the side of those who were ill or in need. He was a free spirit who loved the great outdoors. His adventures at Rocky Lake, in Manitoba, Canada, where he had a summer home and a tree farm, made for many campfire stories (mostly true) about his escapades.
Dennis had a large collection of music and movies. He loved a good western but his favorites were those that his late friend Danny Sprague, who was an weapons consultant, helped film.
Surviving him are his mother Janice McCraw Wright of Wellton; Brandon Bell of Chandler; his niece Keely Wright of Tucson; his nephew Tristan Wright of Roll; and his sister-in-law Terri Murdock of Roll. Also surviving him is Danny Boy, a Labrador Retriever, who was his constant companion. He was predeceased by his father John R. Wright; his brother Donald W. Wright; paternal grandparents Wayne and Adele Wright; and maternal grandparents John and Josephine McCraw.
Pastor Cecil Pratt will officiate at the memorial service at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 20, 2008 at the Roadside Chapel on Highway 95.Ê Friends and family will gather afterwards at Fishers Landing Restaurant. Those who loved Dennis have said they are not so much mourning his passing, but rather are celebrating a life well lived. That is the legacy Dennis left this earth with.
Dennis was cremated and his ashes will be spread on a sandbar of the Colorado River that he appropriately named Gilligan's Island after he was stranded there for several days. He was eventually rescued and later had a good laugh about his misadventure.
We will miss him sorely but we know he is now at peace and rest with the Lord.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Hospice of Yuma or Humane Society of Yuma.