Dennis James Bullock
July 15, 1942 - December 30, 2020
Dennis James Bullock was born in Michigan on June 15, 1942, welcomed by his mother Helen, father Walter and his older sister Shirley. Soon after he was born, he became a big brother to Tim and Sharon.
In 1950 his family moved to California where he attended Torrance High School and spent his free time racing cars, riding motorcycles and bowling with friends. After graduating high school, Dennis joined the Navy. Serving on aircraft carriers and minesweepers from 1961-1965, he was well-prepared for his next job. In 1965 Dennis started his career with American Airlines at LAX, where he'd spend the next 38 years until retirement. While at American Airlines he met some of his best friends, many of whom still got together long after retirement to catch up over lunch.
Dennis met Marja through a mutual friend at The San Franciscan in Torrance; they were married on October 10, 1974. Dennis became a step-father to Leif and Lisa and quickly took on the role of dad, helping Lisa with school work and building a corral for her horse, while teaching Leif everything he knew about mechanical tinkering.
During summer vacations to Finland, he was able to do more of what he loved: adventures on the water and in the forest with his new in-laws, making improvements to their "mökki" (summer cottage) and capturing it all on his video camera.
In August 1979 Dennis and Marja welcomed Matthew James into the family. Little "Matti" was brought along everywhere, returning to Finland every summer and visiting Paso Robles to spend time with the Bullock Family.
In 1987 Dennis became a grandfather, and in 2008 a great-grandfather. Whether as "Uncle Denny", "Dad", "Grandpa" or simply "Dennis", throughout his life Dennis gave guidance and support to everyone who needed it. He is remembered for being a kind, unselfish and hard-working man.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Marja Bullock; brother, Tim Bullock and sister, Sharon (Jim) Foley; children, Leif (Jutta) Brown, Lisa Lucenda and Matt (Kei) Bullock; grandchildren, Natalia Contreras-Brown, Annalisa Brown, Ebba Brown, Zechariah Lucenda and Simon Brown; great-grandchildren, Arianna Oceguera and Jeremy Elder, along with many loving in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to World Vision. Please share memories at rememberingdennisbullock.com