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DENZEL BERNARD DANA "aka D.B. and DENNY" January 5, 1932 May 31, 2018. Denny Dana passed away May 31 in Port Orford, Oregon with his wife of 63 years, Dorothy, at his side. He was 86. Denny was born January 5, 1932 to Ada LaRay Pratt and Denzel Bernard Dana in Salt Lake City. He graduated from Compton Junior College and served in the Navy Construction Battalion ("SeaBees") during the Korean War with tours of duty in the Philippines and Kwajalein Atoll. Denny was a beloved resident of Los Molinos, California for over 40 years, where he established two successful, long-running businesses: Dana's Sporting Goods in the 1970s and Mill Creek Gardens Nursery in the 1980s. Denny was also a skilled cast & dye pattern-maker, furniture maker, and artist. Two of his wood collages are viewed as town treasures at Jacks Restaurant and Mill Creek Restaurant in Los Molinos. An avid fisherman, Dana had a reputation for knowing where the fish were biting and for catching the most fish. He was a respected fishing guide on the Sacramento River during the years he owned the sporting good store and he also enjoyed hunting. In search of new fishing challenges, Denny bought homes on Copco Lake, California and in Port Orford, Oregon. In Port Orford, he established Dana's Trading Post, where he worked until the day he died. He is survived by his wife Dorothy; their children Laurie, Cindy, Mark and Pam; 5 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, brothers David Dana and Clancy Fulton, and sister Darlene Dana Findley. Services will be held Friday, June 8 at 1p.m. at the Tehama Cemetery followed by a celebration of life at the family home in Los Molinos. Condolences for the family may be sent to ddana9@frontier.com
Published in Daily News on June 5, 2018
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