Dennis Gene VIEGAS
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VIEGAS, Dennis Gene
Born October 18, 1957 passed away unexpectantly on September 21, 2011. Born and raised in Sacramento, a beloved husband, devoted son, brother, uncle, nephew, godfather, friend and teammate. Those who knew Dennis know that after family, baseball was his next love. A baseball icon in the Sacramento and surrounding areas, having played organized baseball since 1965. He played on many MSBL Championship teams and nine World Series Championship teams from California to Florida. In 2000 Dennis was instrumental in helping rebuild Tahoe Tallac Little League in the area he loved so much. In 2006 he became complex manager at Dan McAuliffe Memorial Ball Park, and took great pride in creating a premier baseball facility and venue for SMSBL, local high schools and tournaments. A bright light that was taken from us too soon who is now taking charge in his tenacious way, with that smile and contagious laugh, playing hard and scoring runs from up above. Dennis lived his life to the fullest, was a true friend to many, an inspiration to all, and will be in our hearts forever. Preceded in death by his father, Dan Viegas Sr. (10/5/2010), he is survived by his wife Shari Viegas and their boys (Homey & Oreo), his mother Elsie Viegas, brothers, Dan Viegas Jr. (Nancy), Glenn Viegas (Ricki), nephews Daniel Viegas III (Patty) and Dean Viegas, great niece, Samantha, Godfather to Will Opdyk and Sophie Dow, and an abundance of friends. All are welcome to attend a celebration of his life on Monday, October 10, at 1 p.m. at Dan McAuliffe Memorial Ball Park, State University Drive, Sacramento, CA 95819. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Dennis Viegas Memorial Fund at SAFE Credit Union, 6341 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95819. Info at www.smsbl.com

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Published in The Sacramento Bee on Sep. 30, 2011.
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October 19, 2011
Dear Shari,
It has now been 4 weeks since Dennis passed and I can't tell you how much I miss him. He was one of my best friends and I am just so grateful that I have so many happy memories to keep me going when I'm missing him. The four of us shared so many good times, trips to Arizona, Las Vegas, Florida, dinners, working at the snack bar and just hanging out. Those memories will forever be in my heart and they make me smile when I think about Dennis. Now we will have to make those trips with just the three of us, but know that Dennis will be with us where ever we go and he will never be forgotten. Love you much, Kelly
Kelly Welch
October 14, 2011
Shari and family - so so sorry to hear about Dennis. I did not know him personally but we exchanged emails after we put his photo on the cover of HardBall Magazine. What a great athlete. I am sure you must still be in shock, my heart goes out to you, I know what it is to lose a husband (but not so suddenly). I know Dennis's MSBL family will rally around you because that's what MSBL players do. His photo and obituary will be in the next issue of HardBall Magazine.
Jackie Piro
October 12, 2011
I was shocked, saddened and my heart grew heavy when I heard the news about Dennis. I played with Dennis In Az before an I was amazed at how he just ran like the wind. I would always and I mean always run into Dennis every year here in Az and we'd just talk. He was just one of those guys that was always a friend no matter how long it had been since you saw him. I'm so sorry for the family and all his friends.

Marco Barragan
October 11, 2011
Aunt Elsie and family, Jean and I are sadden with the loss of Dennis. We will always remember the cute little four year old that was the ring bearer in our wedding. God bless you.
Bob Viegas
October 10, 2011
Glenn,
I am so saddened to hear of your little brother's passing. From the readings here he turned out to be quite a roll model for alot of people, young and old. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.
Jennifer Medina (Dykeman)
October 10, 2011
Shari and family, My thoughts and praryes are with you all at this time of loss. In reflecting on Dennis's impact on my life, I will always think of him as a "game changer". He was the type of player who could put the other team on its heels and swing the momentum of the game in your favor at any minute. He was kind hearted off the field, always willing to help anyone who asked. He was giving, never asking for anything in return. I have thought about him many times since his passing and will continue to do so for a very, very long time. We all will have to stand before God and I know Dennis did with dignity and grace. May God Bless you all in your time of need and give you comfort and strength.
bruce anderson
October 10, 2011
Shari and Family:

We've had numerous interactions over the years on and around our Field of Dreams. All of the off field ones made us smile.
On the Field when Dennis's gear was in my Dugout it was great. When it was in the other dugout, it was usually a challenge.
No matter where he was, he brought a sense of honor and integrity to the game along with his vast array of skills.
I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to be on each side of the field with him, and especially grateful to have had seen you all at the last Labor Day Dinner/Raffle with your smiling faces and Dennis with both hands full of Raffle tickets beaming with anticipation of more gear to come.
He will be missed

Barry and Marie
Barry Markman
October 10, 2011
I cannot express how deeply saddened I am about losing Dennis.
What a ballplayer! I miss him dearly.
Bob Brown
October 10, 2011
Shari and the Viegas family. My deepest condolence for your loss. Although I only share my time on the field with Dennis, we manage to create a special bond in a new short time. Dennis was a great teamamate and a very funny guy. I did enjoy his company when we were together. I am very sad and still cannot believe that this happened so soon. But he is now with God and looking over all of us now as was his way on this earth.
Sincerely
Carlos Bryson (Sacramento Tribe)
Carlos Bryson
October 10, 2011
R.I.P DENNIS,you were a great guy and thanks for all the baseball advice over the years.you truly knew your baseball.my family and i will always remember you and the good times we had @the baseball fields.i'll always remember your favorite word for the kids-"JABRONI".lol.GODBLESS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.mario borrego and family
mario borrego
October 10, 2011
Dear Aunt Elsie, Danny and Glen,
I am so sorry to hear about Dennis. Keeping the memory of all of your Happy and Loving moments together will always have him in your heart. All my love to you.
Leah (Viegas) Lingafeldt
October 9, 2011
I learned more from Dennis (It was baseball @ some other things a big brother might teach), then I had learned about Anything since the birth of my 1st child. We were teammates on the NABA GoldSox. I'll remember that time as a highlight of my life. There were others on that talented team I can't thank enough. However, Dennis ranting and raving at me about meeting a certain potential, once heaving a glove at me, were lessons I excepted. Shari and Dennis would then invite me to sit with them for post-game pizza. In subsequent seasons playing against Dennis, I had one Major goal as a player: Maybe Dennis would ask me to be on some team with him! I worked for that....I really did. My Condlolences to Shari and the family. Also, my Condlolences to everyone whom Dennis touched and influenced. My son loved him, and was #4 in the Ponderosa Little League. Dan Encisco
Dan Encisco
October 9, 2011
Shari and Family,
Words cannot adequately express the loss that Dennis is to all who played baseball with or against him. Known for giving 100+ percent on the field, he was a true inspiration and drove many of us to do the same just to keep up. He is and will be missed.
Jim Steiger
October 9, 2011
To Shari and All the Viegas Family,
Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of Dennis. He was such a great friend to me and an individual that I could always count on to help in any situation. His memories will always be with us not only on the baseball field, where he was always a leader, but anywhere someone needs help, because Dennis would be right there helping. Dennis would want us to smile and be happy. That is how I will remember him. My prayers.

Jim Barr
October 8, 2011
Shari, It is still hard for us to believe that Dennis is no longer with us. We feel such a great loss ourselves so I cannot even begin to imagine what this much mean to you and his family. He was our friend and more important part of our family. He will never be forgotten and everytime we step on a baseball field his presence will always be welcoming and I can almost see his smile excited to play some ball.
Gerri/Gary Stonebrook
October 6, 2011
Thank you Dennis for being a very big part in my grandsons lives. We had some of the best times at Tahoe Tallic Baseball with our grandkids. I also grew up just around the corner on 52nd St. My mom worked at the little store (Jet Market) on 9th. and 53rd. She loved you and your family. Tell her I said hi. My thoughts and prayers are with your family... Erin Hewitt
Erin Hewitt
October 5, 2011
Shari and Family;
Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss. Dennis was a unique player that the SMSBL and NABA leagues will not be able to replace. He made all of us play to a higher standard and his contributions to our leagues will never be equaled. Having him as a teammate was wonderful; playing against him made you appreciate his talents. I will miss him and hold him in my thoughts every time I take the field.
Craig Parker
October 4, 2011
Dear Shari and Family,
My Family and our prayers are with you. I was sadden to here we have lost a Great Man, Player and Friend
Those who know me, know I travel with my son Zelmar. Who is 8yrs old to most of my baseball games and Boxing matches since he was 2
to Sac, The Bay Area and in Lodi. Every time he see's Dennis he mentions that's the man that gave me his prize he won.
The Baseball spring net and Batting Tee and played with me in Woodland and Sac and each time I say yes Zelmar that was 3yrs ago when he gave Z the set. That's a memory my son has of Dennis and one that I will keep for life how Dennis was a kind man and talked with everyone. Shari, Thank you for sharing your husband with everyone. He will truly be missed.
David Vedder
October 4, 2011
To Shari & All Viegas Family and friends.
Dennis you were always my brother.. You always will be.. I will always remember the great times we had as friends and teammates.. With great respect and love.. JIm Hill Lithia, Florida
October 3, 2011
Dear TiTi Elsie, Danny and Glenny...please know that our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you and yours through such an unexpected loss...We pray that all the beautiful memories will give you strength....I will always remember how Dennis and I would play as young cousins, in the backyard, or run down to the corner 7-11 for a 10c Slurpee, on many sunny summer days...there wasn't a time he would'nt pull on my ponytail!. but I loved it!....My dear cousin Dennis actually pulled it again, many years later, with a sympathetic smile on his face, at my Ma's Service... He is leaving such a beautiful legacy of his baseball career for so many people...what a kind spirit...Know that we will miss him and remember him always and will be here if you need us......Love you all very much, Marie and Patty Pacheco
Marie & Patty Pacheco
October 3, 2011
Aunt Elsie, Dan and Glenn our family is very saddened to hear of Dennis' passing. Our prayers go out to you and Dennis' family at this time of grief. Love Larry Viegas and Family
October 3, 2011
Wow, I was stunned to hear the news. I will miss Dennis deeply and his spirit I will always remember. We had some great times playing baseball together when we were younger. I really enjoyed running in to him at Tahoe and McCauliffe and talking baseball. He was an awesome person. My condolences to the entire Viegas family.
marc christensen
October 3, 2011
Dear Elsie, Danny, Daniel, Glen, Dean & entire Viegas Families:
Our hearts are saddened by the sudden and unexpected news of Dennis' demise. What a shame! My son, Joseph, and I have known Dennis and brothers since we were little kids swimming at Tahoe pool. We also played lots of softball together. Dennis spent many fun times with (especially) little Daniel & Joey so many years ago. Although we've lost contact in the past 10-15 years, Dennis has always been in our thoughts. Please know that he'll remain with us in spirit. Denny played a huge part in teaching myself & my son, Joe, the true meaning of our beloved baseball. So sorry to lose him especially at such a young age. Elsie and sons (and of course grandchildren), we love you all. Just remember, he's now enjoying that great ball diamond up above! With deepest sympathy & respest, Maureen & Joe Burke
Maureen & Joey Burke
October 3, 2011
To Shari & All Viegas Family,
I'm so very sorry to hear about Dennis' sudden passing. It's a great loss to all, TT, & the sport of baseball everywhere; he will be missed by so many! He was a one of a kind!! You're in my thoughts & prayers. Shari, pls call if you need anything 227-5950. Sincerely, Gina Garcia & Family (Hey Dennis, keep swinging those bats in your field of dreams!)
October 2, 2011
Hello You guys really don't know me but I met Dennis about 5 6 years ago in Az and we immediately hit it off as I'm sure he did with many people !! I was looking forward to see him again this year in Tempe and it will not quite be the same .. If there is a field up there Dennis will be playing as hard as he can to bring home the ring :)
Steve Trapani
October 2, 2011
Hello Shari You guys really don't remember me but I met Dennis about 5 6 years ago in Az and we immediately hit it off as I'm sure he did with many people !! I was looking forward to see him again this year in Tempe and it will not quite be the same .. If there is a field up there Dennis will be playing as hard as he can to bring home the ring :)
Steve Trapani
October 2, 2011
my condolences to the viegas family and to all of dennis's friends,wuich i consider myself as one.i feel a deep sorrow now that he's not here.with love & sympathy,jose borrego
jose borrego
October 2, 2011
Uncle Dennis you will be missed very much. There won't be a day that goes by that we dont think of you, your smile or your huge personality. We will always remember the family trips, holidays and memories. We love you and miss you.
daniel,patty,sam viegas
October 2, 2011
Dennis will be sorely missed, but never forgotten. My sincere condolences go out too his family and friends.
Jim Freeman
October 2, 2011
Shari and Family... we want to let you know that our thoughts are with you and your family during this rough time. Dennis left a lasting impression on all of us not only for his talent on the field but the person that he was in life. Those of us that had the pleasure of playing with him will never be able to step on a baseball field again without thinking about him.
Don E. Garcia
October 2, 2011
I have known Dennis since around 1970,I grew up just down on 53 st. My dad still lives there.We were not real close, but now and then our paths would cross, and we would stop and chat about things going on in our lives.As life passes us all by, it was good to know that we would stop to ask each other how we were doing . I will miss that . Your friend Carl Gisler
Carl Gisler
October 1, 2011
Hi Dan,

We are so sorry to hear of your brother's untimely passing.

Kindest Regards,

Steve Mulvany
October 1, 2011
Dear Shari,
We are so sorry to hear of Dennis' sudden passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
Bill and Angie Grant
September 30, 2011
I enjoyed the years of playing little league with Dennis and if it wasn't for Dennis I wouldn't have gotten to play in the Sacramento men's league. Rest in peace.

Van Perrin
September 30, 2011
Dear Viegas Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I haven't lived in the old neighborhood for many years but it sounds like 'Denny' created a wonderful legacy and I am so saddened to hear of his passing. My love and prayers to the whole family, especially my old friends Glenny & Danny - Peace be with you all and may your loving memories and faith in eternal life carry you through. Love, Kathy Burke
Kathy Burke
September 30, 2011
To the Viegas Family -
I am so saddened to learn of Dennis' passing. He was my good friend at Tahoe, and an awesome ballplayer for many years on my co-ed team. But of course you know that, as your whole family would come out to the games. I am so very sorry that you lost him at such a young age. My thoughts are with all of you.
Much love - Wendy
Wendy
September 30, 2011
Elsie,Dan,Glenn, and the vieagas family so sorry for your loss, he was a great athlete,and a good friend to my mom lucy,they are now resting in heaven with eachother, im truly sorry for your loss as well.
desiree gutierrez
September 30, 2011
Shari, Our hearts and prayers are with you. What a great guy.
Ward and Bethann
September 30, 2011
Dear Danny and Family,
We are very surprised and saddened to learn of your brother Dennis' passing. May all your wonderful memories of Dennis comfort you now and always. With our deepest sympathy and love.
Lucy Becker and Family
Lucy Becker
September 30, 2011
Dear Aunt Elsie,so sorry to hear of Dennis passing. You and all the family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love your Nephew John and Family
John K Viegas
September 30, 2011
To the Viegas Family you are all in our thoughts and prayers. rest in peace #4!! Mike & Stacye' Glimstad
September 30, 2011
Dear Elsie and Family, Our prayers and thoughts are with you all during this difficult time. We were so sad to hear of Dennis passing. May God Bless You All

Sincerely, Rene Pineau Dennis
Rene Pineau-Dennis
September 30, 2011
If not for Dennis I would have never gotten to play baseball at sac city college the best years of my life.Dennis has been a good friend for many years and will truly be missed.Rest in peace buddy. Kelvin hefner
Kelvin Hefner
September 30, 2011
Dennis was a great man always will be in my prayers...rest in peace...Russ Charles
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