Dennis John Meek, 77, of Goodyear, AZ, passed away unexpectedly on January 20, 2018 from complications associated with an accidental head injury while on vacation in Mexico.
Born on October 12, 1940 in Everett, WA to Mildred and Wilfred John Meek, Dennis graduated from Everett High School in 1958 and joined the Army Reserve in 1959. He worked at Weyerhaeuser for 31 years before becoming a union electrician. He dedicated his life to providing for his family and was proud to have helped raise eight children. He enjoyed his work and worked endless hours of overtime, relishing a working holiday for “triple time.” He never fully retired and even in his mid-70’s could be found on a ladder pulling wire. Dennis enjoyed the simple pleasures of life: a cold beer, watching sports of all kinds, hunting, fishing, golfing, building things, fixing things and spending time with his family.
Second only to his family was his love for sports: he was a passionate Husky fan, and an avid hunter and fisherman. Dennis was known as “Coach” to many. He cared deeply for kids and volunteered his time off to coach Little League baseball for over two decades to hundreds of children in Marysville, WA.
Above all, Dennis was a loving husband, father, stepfather, grandfather, great-grandfather, cousin, nephew and friend. He was a great blessing to all that knew him. Dennis is survived by his wife of 32 years Jackie Meek; son Michael Meek and wife Chick, and their children Amanda Meek and husband Cesar, Andrew Meek and wife Kaitlin; daughter Michelle Roth and husband Jeramie, and children Blain Winters and Elizabeth Roth; daughter Meri Hallenbeck and Jimbo Hallenbeck and their children Alizha Cummins and husband Jason, Chantille Redding and husband Tim, Teagen Hallenbeck; son Kevin Meek and his children Cory and Jason; stepdaughter Gretchen Folk and husband Rob, and their children Gillian and Benjamin; stepdaughter Rebecca Lukose and husband Richard, and their children Sora, Liliana and Olivia; stepson Jacob Nyman and wife Holli, and their children Josiah and Jonah; eight great-grandchildren and the mother of his children Molly Meek.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilfred and Mildred Meek, and his son, Richard John Meek. May he rest in peace in the hands of our Lord Jesus Christ. John 3:16.
The funeral was held Friday, February 2, 2018 at Thompson Funeral Chapel 926 South Litchfield Road Goodyear, AZ 86338. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to Marysville Little League, c/o Dennis Meek, P.O. Box 848 Marysville, WA 98270 or visit www.marysvillell.org.