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Obituary: Dennis Alan Rodgers

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On January 14, 2002, after an

almost two year fight against colon cancer, Dennis Alan Rodgers returned to his Heavenly Father.

Born April 11, 1961 in Allen-town, PA. Grad-uated Parkland High School 1979 and Penn State University in 1983. Enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1984. Graduated Officer Training in Texas and was first stationed in Aurora, Colorado, then Hill Air Force Base in Utah.

Graduated from the University of Utah with a Masters Degree in Meteorology in 1990, during this time he met and married Michelle C. Alvord on August 16, 1989. Dennis joined the LDS Church in 1989 and the marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple December 15, 2000. They have two sons, David, 7 and Evan, 4. Dennis was a true blue weatherman, from the time he was a small child he always looked up at the sky. He was blessed to be able to have that as his profession since joining the National Weather Service in 1992.

They moved to Olympia, WA, and then returned to Salt Lake City. While in Olympia, Dennis was diagnosed with testicular cancer and beat it. Dennis loved being outdoors and active. He loved to go swimming, hiking and on trips with his family. Last Spring, Dennis was an Assistant Coach for his son, David's Little League Team. Dennis loved his dogs and always exercised them at least once a day, and always cleaned up after them. He loved Halloween to watch scary movies and then scare his wife. Dennis was a devoted husband,

father, son, brother, uncle and friend. He touched and influenced the lives of many, and never did anything without giving it his all. He had a great sense of humor and fun, and loved to make up stories and songs with his boys.

He is survived by his wife, Michelle; sons; parents, Richard W. and Dorothy V. Rodgers; in-laws, Norman and Pat Alvord; brother, Richard (Cindy); sister, Barbara (Peter) Hyland; nieces and nephews, Chris, Pam, Stef and Phil; brother-in-law, Mike (Libby)

Alvord; sister-in-law, Judy (Mike)

Meldrum; brother-in-law, Mark (Jill) Alvord; nieces and nephews, Sarah, Jeremy, Nichole, Megan, Derek, Trevor and Zack. Dennis is also

survived by many aunts and uncles. He is preceded in death by his grandparents.

A special thank you to Tony Tesori for his care and devotion to Dennis and his family, and to wonderful neighbors and friends for their


Funeral Services will be held Friday, January 18, 2002 at 12 noon at Valley View Funeral Home Chapel, 4335 West 4100 South. The family will receive friends at a viewing Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Valley View Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service on Friday. Interment: Valley View Memorial Park "Send condolences to www.MeM.com”