Dennis D. Mika
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Dennis D. Mika 1949 ~ 2005 My Sweetheart, my Buddy, my Life, Dennis D. Mika, 56, passed away Nov. 6, 2005 in Sandy, Utah. He was born Sept. 7, 1949 in Zanesville, Ohio to Martin and Mildred Conish Mika. Married Vicki Thornton in Lake Tahoe, NV on Aug. 28, 1989. He was an avid golfer, and a dedicated husband, father and grandpa. He will be deeply missed. Survived by his wife, Vicki; daughter, Erica (Les) Hartzog; sons, Andrew (Rachel) Mika, and David (Marlene) Shepherd; grandchildren, Shayne, Tristan, Cori and Sara; brother, Martin (Larraine) Mika; and mother-in-law, Marie Thornton. A gathering in remembrance of Dennis will be held Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Goff Mortuary, 8090 So. State. At his request, cremation has taken place.

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune on Nov. 8, 2005.
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December 4, 2005
Vicki, Erica, Barney and grandchildren, I will always have fond memories of our many holidays together. I met Dennis when he was 14 and we used to take his brother's car out for a spin in the back of the house. That was our secret. Dennis was a good guy, always happy and willing to help his mother, my dear motherin law, Millie. Dennis will be in our thoughts and hearts forever.
Laraine Mika
November 28, 2005
Uncle D
I am very grateful for the time u Vicki and i had together a few years ago! Jimmy Buffett would have hired us as his back up singers 4 sure! I know that i was a not so good golfer and when u took me for the first time i knew it would be the last time because every time after that i asked u if you wanted too go u always said the wind was blowing too hard and it wasent even blowing at all! I figured it out in a hurry! U didnt want me to destroy any more of your clubs. U lived life the way u wanted too and not the way that others thought you should! There for i know you enjoyed life every day you got up. I will always remember the weekend we tied one on!
LOVE YA,your nephew
Martin Mika III
Martin Mika
November 15, 2005
Vicki, Erica and Barney: Dennis and I always said we were each other's favorite cousin. Everytime we met, we would always remind each other of growing up, playing the piano with each other and just having fun. Whenever I think of him, I think of his laugh and that funny little nudge that he would give. I have nothing but good memories. You were all blessed to have him with you. Love and God Bless, Christie
christie (benis) beebe
November 12, 2005
Oh, Dennis, how many times I have thought of you with warmth in my heart. You were blessed with the gift of kindness even when I knew you in Elementary school and I was always proud to walk by your house on the way home from school and to church and think, "That is where Dennis lives. What a nice boy." My brother and I talked of you two months ago when I was home and he echoed my words. I am so glad you were my friend. God bless your family.
Rhea Reading-Smith
November 11, 2005
Den, I thought the military had hardened me against sudden loss and sadness, I was wrong. I am honored to have known you as a relative(because you can't choose them) and a friend(because you can)No more worries about the yebemptie Weir(#14 at stansburry) We'll miss ya, Den
Paul Pazell
November 10, 2005
Not only was Dennis my father-in-law but more importantly he was my friend. I will miss him more than he can imagine. Its not going to be the same playing horse or 31 you always had youre way of making it special and rememberable. Vicki I want you to know how much I loved and respected him.Thank You for all the great memories love youre meathead.
les hartzog
November 10, 2005
Vicki and Family

There will be No More KNAK - Dennis & I always teased about as we always listened to this Radio Station when we were younger! Dennis reminding me of the times we would call and win! Always kidding about the time we got to stay up and watch Friday Nite Fright Mare that was a big deal in our era. Dennis & I met at the Library in Midvale to do our homework and he was always the Smart One. Although Words Cannot Begin To Ease The Sorrow Of Your Loss. Please Know That You Are In The Thoughts And Prayers Of Many Who Care! God Is With You In Deepest Sympathy, God Bless You All. With All Our Love,
Carole Ann Conish Rea -
Todd Rea
Jessica Rodier
Ann Delquadro (My Aunt Anne)
David Delquadro
Carole Ann Rea
November 10, 2005
Vicki: On behalf of the Mountain View Men's Golf Association, I want to express our deepest sympathy to you and all of Dennis's family. He will be missed by all of his Mountain View golf friends, but never forgotten. His smile and laughter will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
Bob Lopez
November 9, 2005
Vicki, I am so very sorry to here about Dennis. The last time I saw him was at Mom's (Marthas') funeral. He always had a way of making you smile, telling a joke or just kidding around with you. You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you all. With all our love, Alice, Jon and Jaime Johnson (Conish)
Alice Conish-Johnson
November 9, 2005
Viki and family,As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.May God bless you and keep you strong. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Fred & Marilyn Mauerman
November 9, 2005
Like Big J (Johnny Byrge) below, I am a veteran of working at Smokeys. It was always a pure joy when Dennis visited us. His humor and authentic caring for others would brighten the room and make you feel very blessed in knowing him. With his zest for life and natural ability to cheer us all up, I know Dennis touched many lives and left cleated golf shoe footprints in our hearts. You may have crossed over, Mika, left your physical vessel, but you will never be forgotten - as your spirit will live on forever!

My condolences to you Vicki and your family. I know we will all see Dennis again when our journeys change shape!
KIM R. STAKER
November 9, 2005
Dennis was a great guy, a great cousin. He was always interested in catching up on what was going on in my life. He was always happy. I'll remember his smile and laugh. It touched me to hear he took Kyle (my son) and the guys at Jiffy Lube donuts and drinks when he had his truck serviced. That's the kind of guy that Dennis was. His legacy is a good one. We will miss him.
Kathy Williams
November 8, 2005
You have my deepest sympathy and prayers. I have fond memories of Dennis as we grew up together in Midvale. His vibrant personality touched everyone he met and we will all miss him. The World is a better place because Dennis was in it, even if for too short of a time.
Russell Bianchi
November 8, 2005
Thank you for all the times you have talked with me and listened to me when I was growing up into the teen-age years. You were always there for me. I will miss your hugs when I would run into you at Smokeys or Holiday Oil. Remember the dirty socks in the face and wrestling..all in fun....go CCR!!!
Jennifer Panek
November 8, 2005
Jennifer Panek
November 8, 2005
Viki and family, what a wonderful unconditional person Dennis was. What a great neighbor! I will always remember how good he was to invite my boys over to play basket ball with him or to mow our lawns when we he was busy doing his. He really was a great guy and I know that he is reaping his rewards now. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time in your lives - I was told once that God only takes the good ones!
Your neighbors the Boggess's
November 8, 2005
It really saddens me to see that my friend Dennis is gone. We both grew up in Midvale and as adults we spent a lot time on the golf course. Everyone that knew Dennis loved him. He will be greatly missed especially at Mountain View GC.
George Gonzales
November 8, 2005
Mika was a fantanstic person! He was always in a great mood, happy to hear from me and always cheered me up after talking to him, if I happen to be having a bad day. His smile, so geniune, will be missed. He truely loved his family, talked about his grandkids, Erica and Vicki with such love in his heart and in his voice. He lived his life fully and with great zest. He listened well and had a knack for remembering little details about his friends and their families. I guess we will never see him as an "Old Man", but whenever I see a guy that looks like he would (in 20 or so years) I will be sure to say "Mika :-)" I will miss him as dearly as I loved him. He was a great friend to me.
Joni Glynn
November 8, 2005
Dennis you will surely be missed. Loved playing golf with you. I've been ill and unable to play this entire year and was hoping to get together next year. I used to work at Smokeys. Viki God Bless and Good Luck!
Johnny Byrge
November 8, 2005
Mika, after I moved out of state their were alot of times I would think of you and woundered how you were doing, especially when I would drive through Midvale. I'd remember when we was growing up and playing on the same baseball team and going to my house to listen to Elvis records. Your sure gona be missed buddy. To the family you were blessed to have a great man as your husband,father,and grandpa. God bless you all.
Moritz
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