Dennis Keizer
Dennis Keizer

1926 - 2013

Born in Winona, MN in 1926, Dennis moved with his family to Hawaii in January 1940. Dennis was a 15 year old living across the street from Hickam Field on December 7, 1941. Fortunately, he recently preserved the story of those years for his grandchildren.

Dennis' first 30 year career was as a teacher, vice principal and principal in the Long Beach Unified School District. Although he worked at several elementary schools, his favorite assignment was planning, staffing and opening the state-of-the-art Hudson Elementary School where he served as principal from 1969-1976.

After retiring from LBUSD in 1983, Dennis had a second career for the next 24 years selling financial products primarily to educators. During this time, he also was able to exercise his passion for golf, both with long time friends and the new friends he made at the Virginia Country Club in Long Beach.

In 2007, at age 80, Dennis announced he was ready to retire (again). He and Martha, his wife of 36 years, sold their business and moved to Las Vegas where they spent the next 5 years traveling, hosting CA friends and learning to cope with the increasingly debilitating affects of severe asbestosis acquired in the Navy.

Dennis is survived by his devoted wife, Martha; son, Dennis (Jill); daughter Denine Kelly (Chris); brother, Jim (Deborah); sister, Cathy Ostoich (Richard) and grandchildren Kathryn, Dennis, Cara and Julia.

At Dennis' request services will be private. You are invited to visit his memorial page at: and sign the guest book at
Published by Press-Telegram on Jan. 11, 2013.
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Dennis was my first principal when I started teaching in 1970. He set the bar very high for the other principals to come. I learned so much from him and enjoyed his mentorship and friendship. It was a great pleasure to see him and Martha at the Hudson reunion in Las Vegas a few years ago. He will hold a very special place in my heart.
Ellie Kahn
January 31, 2013
What a wonderful memorial for a wonderful man. I was lucky enough to be on the staff at Hudson when the school opened. We really did have a great time but certainly worked hard too. I was lucky to reconnect with Dennis and Martha when they moved to Las Vegas and cherish these new memories too.
Jackie Osborn
January 31, 2013
So sorry to hear , My condolences to you Dennis and the Keizer Family .
john dougherty
January 29, 2013
My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family.
John Friedman(KF6FRO)
January 27, 2013
My prayer's goes to the entire Keizer family. May God continue to bless you doing this time of sorrow.
Anthony Wesley
January 21, 2013
Going to miss you Uncle Dennis and seeing you every year during the Holidays but, I know you are dancing in heaven! Sending love to family ..we love you... xoxoxo
Carrie, Chad & Audrey Fraser
January 16, 2013
What a beautiful tribute to Dennis. He will be missed. Love, The Pecks
January 14, 2013
Martha, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. What a lovely life you and Dennis had together--a true blessing! Dennis was a wonderful man and an expert and loving educator. He will be missed by all.
Jeannie Reynolds-Libuser
January 14, 2013
I'm sorry your father has passed on. What a loss. But lucky you, you have such great memories of him. Bless you all.
Kerri Hatfield
January 13, 2013
Your memory will live on in all that new and loved you. Rest in peace.
Jim & Pam Schwarz
January 12, 2013
I have wonderful memories of Dennis as a mentor and a colleague. He shared his wisdom with me as a mom of twins who attended Kettering when he was principal there and as a colleague when I was a new principal in LBUSD. I will always treasure those memories. He was a remarkable man who lived a remarkable life.
My sincere condolences to Martha and his family.
Susie Feinberg
January 12, 2013
This is a beautiful tribute. Thank you for the time and effort you put into this wonderful memorial to your dad.
Jim And Deb Keizer
January 12, 2013
Betty and I enjoyed every time we were togather. Playing Golf, traveling togather, or just enjoying a cocktail and dinner. JIM
Jim & betty Willingham
January 12, 2013
Martha, our thoughts are with you. We will miss him. Pat and John Cockriel
January 12, 2013
Rest in peace, our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Pam Schwarz
January 11, 2013
Dennis will forever be in the hearts of so many of us. We shared the love of kids, learning, and life. He attracted and expected the best. It was an honor to be on his staff and his friend.
Tish Bonner
January 11, 2013
Dennis, so sorry about your Dad, but you will carry the memories you had forever. It's hard, ask Mark, but he is better off now where he is.
Sandy Williams
January 11, 2013
Godbless him with his new journey and help his family with Dennis's passing!
Mark Williams & Family
January 11, 2013
Going to miss you Grandpa, you gave me my wonderful husband and my son, both of them remind me so much of you and I thank you and love you.

Jill Keizer
January 11, 2013
So long Pop. I will always cherrish the time we spent together.

Your Loving Son,
Dennis E. Keizer
January 11, 2013
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