Dennis Paul Eichhorn
1945 - 2015
Dennis Paul Eichhorn was born in Deer Lodge, Montana on August 19, 1945. He left this world on October 8, 2015 in Bremerton, Washington. Denny was raised in Boise, Idaho by Elmer "Ike" and Eileen Tuffley Eichhorn. He often remarked that the most treasurable gift they provided him was a no-limit account at a local bookstore. Their gift ignited a fire in his imagination that was never extinguished.
He was a legend at Borah High School, class of 1963. He was a football star, ran track, excelled at wrestling and the Chess Club. His mind was so sharp that he obtained a perfect score on the Scholastic Aptitude Test.
Eichhorn attended Whitman College, Boise Junior College, and graduated from the University of Idaho. He was the mastermind for the infamous covert rock festival, The Universal Life Church Festival at Farragut State Park in Idaho. Officials were so infuriated that a full investigation was commissioned by the Idaho State Legislators. The "Farragut Report" can be found at major libraries in Idaho and Eastern Washington.
Denny moved to California in the early 1970's, delighting in the changing culture. He did his best to experience every aspect of this transformative period of our country. It was in California that he first became a published writer. His course in life was set.
He settled in Western Washington by the mid 1970's. It was there, in 1977, that his precious daughter Sarah was born. He was captivated in being a father. Denny was so very proud of the wonderful warm, smart, and accomplished woman that she has become. In 2004, Sarah gave him the light of his life by bringing her son Knox into the world. Denny was named "Poppa" by Knox.
In his later years, Denny wanted nothing more than to live long enough to provide a lifetime of memories for Knox. For many years they were constant companions, sharing many an adventure. Several years ago, Knox and his Poppa went on a road trip to explore haunts of Denny's youth. Knox was able to meet many of his Poppa's friends and contemplate life on their week long journey.
Denny and his wife Jane met in January of 1994. In his bid to woo her, he presented her with over twenty of his nationally award winning "Real Stuff" autobiographical comic books; one on each date they had. When he was satisfied that she well-understood him through his writing, they declared their love for one another. They were devoted to each other for the remainder of his life.
In addition to his immediate family, Denny leaves his brother, Tom of Elmira, Oregon. He was loved by many in-laws, especially his brother-in-law, Mark Rebelowski. His friends are heartbroken by his passing and will miss the countless letters, postcards, books and other treasures he thoughtfully mailed or dropped at their doorstep on a regular basis over the decades they knew each other. We shall all miss him until the end of our time in this world.
Denny's family invites friends to gather for his last great party. It will be held at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #192, Bremerton, Washington on Saturday, December 5th. Please wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt, bring a dish to share and your favorite stories to celebrate the wonderful life of the Father of Idaho Comics.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Oct. 21, 2015.