Dennis Neal Abshire was born in Buhl, Idaho in 1940 and passed away on February 9, 2019 at the age of 78.

Dennis was preceded in death by his father, Charles Abshire; mother, Mary Abshire (Brabb).

He is survived by his wife, Pat Abshire; daughter, Melinda (Truman) Toon, Sons, Martin (Elizabeth) Abshire, Michael (Tammi) Abshire; grandchildren Tyler Toon, Kasie (Andrew) Cunningham, Catelyn Abshire, Juli Abshire; great granddaughters, Presley Cunningham, Jaycee Cunningham and Tenlee Cunningham (due to be born June 2019); brothers David (Louise) Abshire, Nick (LeeAnn) Abshire.

Dennis attended high school in Onalaska, Washington. After high school Dennis joined the Air Force completing five years of service. After military service Dennis moved to Blythe, California to be with his parents. There he met his future wife, Pat, and they started their own little family. Dennis became a radio telecommunications tech with CONTEL Telephone Company eventually retiring in 1994 as the Manager.

Dennis and family moved to Humboldt County in the mid ‘80s, first living in Redway and eventually moving to Fortuna in 2013. Dennis was deeply involved in Rotary, having been the president of both Garberville/Redway Rotary club and Fortuna Rotary. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed hunting. Most of all he enjoyed spending quality time with his children and grandchildren. Dennis and Pat have enjoyed rebuilding old houses together for 54 years.

Per Dennis’s request, no memorial services will be held. In lieu of flowers, please make donations payable to Fortuna Rotary , the Dennis Abshire memorial scholarship fund.


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