Dennis Lee Holland
1949 - 2020
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Dennis Lee Holland
1949 - 2020
Dennis Lee Holland, age 70, of West Jordan, Utah passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, April 30, 2020, surrounded by his sweetheart, daughters, and grandchildren. Dennis was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 28, 1949 to Buford Lennon Holland and Effie Mary Crowther. He was the fifth of six children. He attended Riverside Elementary School, Jordan Junior High, and graduated from West High School in 1968. After high school he joined the U.S. Navy, serving from 1968 through 1974.
Dennis served the public working for Salt Lake City Public Utilities for over 30 years. He was a jack of all trades and knew how to fix anything. He was always the first one there to help anyone, whether he knew them or not.
He married the love of his life, Ellen Janette Sperry "Jan", on June 17, 1972 in Nephi, Utah. They were sealed in the Jordan River Temple on October 15, 2005 as eternal companions. They served as guest service missionaries at Temple Square from February 2014 - February 2017. Dennis was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
An avid sports fan, Dennis enjoyed watching and playing all sports, especially baseball. His favorite pastime was watching his granddaughters play softball. He loved being in the outdoors, camping, fishing, and hunting. His family and friends were his greatest joy, but his passion was spoiling his grandkids. He was a devoted husband and father. His family meant everything to him. He was his daughters' superhero and adored by his grandchildren. We will forever love and miss him.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Jan, daughters Ambra Katwyk, Sara Ealey (Conway), Katie Stewart, grandchildren, Jason, Jessica, Madison, and Emily Katwyk, Lacey DeLuca, Izabel, Izaac, and Izayah Stewart, sister Kathy Longbrake, brothers Kenneth and Phillip Holland. Preceded in death by his parents, sister Bessie May Holland, brother Jerry Holland, and best friend Steven Hooton.
A viewing will be held on Monday, May 4, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 11:00 am with a viewing preceding at 10:00 am. All services will be located at Goff Mortuary 8090 South State Street, Midvale, Utah. A graveside dedication will follow at 2:00 pm at Vine Bluff Cemetery, 1240 North 400 East, Nephi, Utah. The service will also be live streamed on the Goff Mortuary Facebook page. Masks will be required at all services.
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Published in Deseret News on May 3, 2020.
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May 5, 2020
Jan - Dan & I enjoyed his company when we served with you in Guest Services. We loved his sense of humor and good nature. He was always good to us. We think the world of him and sad that he left so soon. We love you Jan and think about our memories often. Take care
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Dan & Jody Eby
May 5, 2020
So sorry to hear of Dennis's passing. He was the best of men, always kind to us. Dave has many wonderful memories of serving with Dennis in the ward. He was very generous. So happy we had the chance to know your family! Love, Dave and Mary Ann Dennis
Dave and Mary Ann Dennis
Neighbor
May 4, 2020
Our Condolences, Dennis was a great man, and it's a great loss we all suffered, He sure loved Jan, his 3 girls, and his grandchildren, He will be greatly missed, God bless his family, our family, and all of us left here behind! Love your Cousin Robert Crowther, my wife Angie, and our children, Destiny, Robert Jr, Alice, Breanna, Caleb and Madison!
Robert Crowther
May 4, 2020
I'm so sorry to hear of Dennis passing. Dennis and I were both employed by Salt Lake City Public Utilities serving together for 22 years. I made it a point to visit with him daily, I really enjoyed our time together. He was one of those people that others were drawn to for many various reasons. He was extremely knowledgeable and a real asset to me personally and the City. Sorry for your loss Jan and family.
Bob Wallin
May 4, 2020
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May 4, 2020
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Melissa Monson
May 4, 2020
Dennis was always a reliable shipmate on the
USS MONTICELLO.He was a good friend on and off the ship. He leaves us with many good memories.
I hope his family is at peace knowing that Denise
is also at peace on his final cruise.
John Krasniewicz, GMG2
May 3, 2020
Dennis - You were a bright light. Always ready with a joke and quick to laugh. You will be missed.
- Doug
Douglas Brewer
May 3, 2020
I was saddened to find this obituary for Dennis. It was such a joy to serve in Dennis' and Jan's District as a Guest Service Missionary at the Conference Center and Temple Square. We will all miss him dearly. My condolences to Jan and all of Dennis' family and close friends. Godspeed to all of you.
RAY CARTER
May 3, 2020
I was saddened to find this obituary for Dennis. It was such a joy to serve in Dennis' and Jan's District as a Guest Service Missionary at the Conference Center and Temple Square. We will all miss him dearly. My condolences to Jan and all of Dennis' family and close friends. Godspeed to all of you.
May 3, 2020
Dennis worked with my husband Dallas Richins for yrs, I got to know Dennis also and he was always well-liked and a valued person to go to for and help or information. Love to the family, Kathy Richins.
Katherine Richins
Coworker
May 2, 2020
Dennis was a great man and friend, I enjoyed working With him at Salt Lake Public Utilities, my condolences to the family...Rich Valdez
Rich
Coworker
May 2, 2020
Dennis, you made life at the water department bearable and fun. I miss you terribly
Kass Higbee
Coworker
May 2, 2020
So sorry to hear of Dennis' passing, I worked with him at Public Utilities, He will be missed by us all.
Vicki Cowles
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