Dennis Davie passed away December 10th from neuroendocrine cancer. He died at home, cared for by his family, friends, and the wonderful people at Hospice of Santa Cruz County.
Dennis' involvement with the Santa Cruz Fly Fishermen (he advocated for changing the club's name from "Fishermen" to "Fishers) Club was comprehensive. He served on the executive committee, facilitated the annual fundraiser, helped organize speakers, participated in multiple outreach events by cooking lunch and demonstrating fly tying.
Dennis prioritized going fishing as often as he could after his diagnosis. He was featured in the Western Outdoor News displaying a 6 pound 6 ounce brown he caught at lower twin lakes at Bridgeport in Spring of 2017.
Dennis' life was dedicated to fighting toxic authority and promoting the importance of preserving and spending time in the natural world.
He was a self-sufficient, hard-working, competent, and generous man of many talents, and worked many different jobs in electronics and as a manufacturing engineer over the years. But his true passions were environmental activism and his love of the outdoors. He played a significant leadership role in the Ventana Chapter of the Sierra Club, Earth First! Santa Cruz, Free Radio Santa Cruz in addition to the Santa Cruz Fly Fisherman's club. He also produced and aired a weekly environmental news show for over 20 years.
His sons have fond memories of him playing guitar and singing folk and protest songs together, as well as going on several long backpacking trips in the Sierras, Trinities, and other wilderness areas. He and his wife Sandy had many sailing adventures up and down the west coast, and to Mexico and Hawaii. They lived aboard their sailboat for close to 30 years.
Dennis' proudest sailing accomplishment was sailing from Hawaii to California single handed on a 25' sailboat, navigating by sextant.
For those that knew him and want to pay respects, there will be what the family is calling a "Recollection Rendezvous" (he did not like the term memorial) on Saturday January 5th, 2019, from 1-4 PM at the Moose Lodge in Santa Cruz: 2470 El Rancho Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
At this time, support for Dennis' family can be provided by going to this link: https://mealtrain.com/68449d.
A Tribute by Steve Rudzinski
Dennis joined the club about the same time as me, we jostled to see who was going to flip burgers at our first July BBQ in the Grange parking lot. I wasn't sure if I was liking this guy or not. There was something cool in this strong but gentle giant.
The setting up before the meeting had some electronic quirks and Dennis was right there to find the right stuff to have light and sound for the meeting to move forward. We moved closer to a good friendship, he had the cool humor and style to not need to show off his understanding on how things work.
I took over after Sam Bishop did his run as president, longer than any former president, (thanks Sam) and it was always Dennis who stood up and volunteered and showed passion to our club mission to educate and to serve. I could always count on his reports to the group at the monthly meeting.
His humor and personal strength and the fact that he lived on a small sailboat very near my boat during times long prior to meeting him at the fly club meeting impressed me. He had his family aboard a small boat and at least four bicycles sat on the foredeck. Serious live-aboards, I recalled thinking.
I will especially miss his voice as he did a marvelous job as MC of our last two fundraiser events. He was a pro, it was all a success.
I was caught off guard reading of his passing at our board meeting, I wish I could have done more or said something to help him slip into the ether, the other side, heaven.
RIP Dennis. Peace to you and all of us survivors.