“Denny” Dennis Brooks Fryrear, 76, a resident of Dallas, died Thursday, March 30, 2017.
He was born on Sept. 8, 1940, in Portland, the son of Brooks Gillette and Phyllis Kirkpatrick Fryrear.
Denny earned a degree in Math from Oregon State University and a Master’s degree in Human Resources from the University of Southern California.
For 22 years, May 21, 1965, to June 30, 1987, he honorably served our country in the United States Marine Corps, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.
After his military career, Denny continued to serve the people by working for the State of Oregon with the Senior and Disabled Services.
Denny was a very adventurous and fun-loving spirit who enjoyed skydiving, scuba diving, mountain climbing, and running. He also participated in Cycle Oregon for a number of years.
He happily volunteered at Lyle Elementary School and was fondly known as “Ketchup Man.”
He attended the First Presbyterian Church and was a member of the local American Legion & VFW. Denny spent many hours volunteering for his community with the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce, Red Cross and Meals On Wheels. Denny loved to take long walks throughout the community of Dallas.
When he did, it became his mission to replace old and tattered American flags on other's homes and soon became known as the “flag man.”
He was an avid reader who was always on the go, but at the end of the day he loved to spend his quiet time with a good book.
He was always looking for a way to help others, spread kindness and loved his family dearly, especially his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife Candy, of Dallas; daughter Marcelle (Eddy) Abel ,of West Linn; and sons Kirk (Kate) Fryrear, of West Linn, and Matthew Fryrear, of Portland; along with three grandchildren: Cale, Cecilia and Amelia. He is also survived by his brother Ray Simonsen, of Texas.
A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 8, in the Dallas First Presbyterian Church. Interment will be in the Hilltop Cemetery in Independence. Memorials and donations are suggested to Team Red, White & Blue (teamrwb.org). The Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center is caring for the family. To leave a message or memory for the family please go to www.dallastribute.com
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