Dennis R. Drowty
On October 8, 2021, Denny passed away peacefully at home with his partner and loving wife of 41 years, Carol Noack, at his side. He was born in Gary, Indiana, on December 2, 1943, and in 1952 moved with his family to San Bernardino, CA. He was orphaned at the age of 17 but, thanks to a scholarship and the urging of both his grandmother and aunt, was able to attend college. After completing his freshman year at U.C. Berkeley, he transferred to UCLA where he graduated in 1966 with a B.S. in Business Administration. He was then commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy, first serving three years as Supply Officer at the Naval Auxiliary Landing Field in Monterey, CA and then, in 1969, serving in Vietnam as Finance & Logistics Advisor to the Army of the Republic of Vietnam in Saigon. Before leaving Vietnam, Denny was awarded the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service. In 1970, he was honorably discharged and returned to UCLA where he received his Masters Degree in Finance in 1971.
Denny's professional career encompassed 12 years in various financial positions with Container Corporation of America and 16 years as Chief Financial Officer for Parallax Graphics – a high-tech startup company that evolved from designing and manufacturing graphics boards to video boards for PCs and workstations.
Denny and Carol retired to Healdsburg in 1999 to volunteer their time and talents to nonprofit organizations, including Healdsburg Animal Shelter, Green Dog Rescue Project, Recreation Park Renovation, Raven Performing Arts Theater, Healdsburg Hospital and Boys & Girls Club Fundraisers, and, most dearly to Denny, 20 years in various roles with Healdsburg Little League including coaching, treasurer, and fundraiser.
In 2012, he noticed the unusual behavior of some passersby and recorded their license plate when they rushed off. When Denny spotted police a few moments later responding to a bank robbery, he relayed his observations and information, leading to the arrest of the bank robbers in another town. For that fast action, he was given the Healdsburg Community Policing Award.
As a result of the many ways he invested his time, his skills, and his heart in his community, Denny received the 2013 Marie Sparks Memorial Volunteer Award for outstanding volunteerism in Healdsburg.
In 2018, he was recipient of the California Parks and Recreation Society, District 1, Community Services Award for outstanding service and support to the City of Healdsburg.
He thrived on personal friendships and conversations with people of all ages, from the youngest child to the oldest senior. He and Carol hosted nine foreign exchange students from Brazil (six), Denmark, Belgium, and Thailand. To this day, they all call him "dad." Of his many travels, some of his dearest vacation memories were the trips to visit his exchange kids as they became adults themselves.
He loved to dance and was often the last one to leave the dance floor.
Denny requested that there be no gathering in his honor, but please toast him with a margarita and some Jimmy Buffett music, or perhaps a lovely pinot noir while singing along to some timeless Eagles music. If desired, contributions in his memory may be made to Healdsburg Little League, Dave Miller Fair Play Scholarship Fund, PO Box 674, Healdsburg, CA. 95448. (All other arrangements are being made through Fred Young Mortuary, 718 Healdsburg Ave, Hbg.)
Published by Press Democrat from Oct. 16 to Oct. 17, 2021.