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Dennis "Denny" Ray Huestis

September 14, 1947 July 15, 2011
Dennis "Denny" Ray Huestis
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Dennis "Denny" R. Huestis Sept. 14, 1947 - July 15, 2011 Dennis "Denny" Ray Huestis passed away in Brookings on July 15, 2011 after a courageous 4 year battle with cancer. He was 63. Dennis was born in San Andreas, Calif. on September 14, 1947 to Robert and Martha (Austin) Huestis. They came from pioneer families in the Lockeford-Clements area; the family moved to Lockeford when Dennis was 6 months old. He grew up there and graduated from Lodi High in 1965. In 1967, Dennis began what would be a 41 year career in the grocery industry, beginning with the Northern California Division of Lucky's Markets. He became a manager in 1981 and moved to South Lake Tahoe where he managed the store there until 1993. In 1991, Dennis was named Outstanding Chain Store Manager of the Year by Progressive Grocer magazine. Dennis married Billie Ruth Green in Lake Tahoe on November 2, 1984. In 1993, they moved to Grants Pass, OR where Dennis went to work for Ray's Food Place. He later transferred to manage the Brookings store until 2007. They then moved to Shady Cove for medical reasons. While there, Dennis worked for Fred Thomas at Select Market for a year as manager and then in a position created for him by Fred during Denny's ongoing medical treatments. Dennis's greatest fulfillment in life was being with his family and through teaching and training in the grocery industry. He enjoyed the outdoors and the beauty of God's creation; to that end he was an avid hunter, fisherman and backpacker. Dennis attended First Baptist Community Church in Brookings for many years. Survivors include his wife, Billie Ruth of Brookings, daughters, Emeri Littel and her husband, Robert of The Netherlands, and Dori Green of South Lake Tahoe, CA, sons, Michael Green and his wife, Wendy of Grants Pass, OR and Donald Green of South Lake Tahoe, CA, brother, Michael Huestis and his wife, Sherry of Lodi, CA, nephew Phil Huestis serving with the United States Army, grandchildren Colton & Cannon Green, Julianna & Stephan Littell, Ian Ross; and special friends, Ed and Connie Kessler and Larry and Vivian Hage and many friends who touched his life. In addition to his parents, Dennis was preceded in death by his brother, Randall Huestis. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rogue Valley Youth for Christ, 691 Murphy Rd., Suite 112, Medford, OR 97504 or to the Curry Health Foundation, PO Box 1274, Gold Beach, OR 97444. At Dennis' request, no ceremony will be held.
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