Dennis N. Wyatt, 69, died July 28, 2009, at his home in Medford following a long illness. His brother and sister-in-law were at his side. Dennis was born Nov. 20, 1939 in Honolulu, Hawaii and grew up in the Rogue Valley. He briefly attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., and was drafted into the U.S. Army. Although he did not support the military draft, he served honorably; years later, he enjoyed telling the true story of how he accidentally received a Top Secret clearance. He worked as a ramp agent and baggage handler, first for West Coast Airlines in North Bend, then later transferred to San Francisco where he worked until his retirement from Northwest Airlines. Dennis loved See's candy and kept family and friends well-stocked with gift certificates. He also loved history and trains. He used his airline employee discounts to fly to destinations where he could indulge in all forms of train travel, including subway and light rail. He is survived by his brother, Douglas Fitzsimmons of Medford; his sister, Pamela Fitzsimmons of Spokane, Wash.; his sister-in-law Terri Fitzsimmons; an aunt and seven nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Dennis Wyatt and his mother, Helen Fitzsimmons. The family wishes to especially thank Dennis's caregiver, Sharon Fair of Addus Health Care and the staff of Providence Hospice for their compassion and efficiency.
At his request, no services are planned. Arrangements are being handled by Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives.