Dennis Terrill

December 31, 1944 - February 16, 2023
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Dennis Bob Terrill, 78 passed away on February 16, 2023, in Tucson, Arizona with his beloved
wife by his side. He passed peacefully with a full heart knowing he will be remembered dearly
for the kindness and love he left behind.
He was born in Pocatello, Idaho on December 31,1944, to Ross Shipton Terrill and Helen
Marlene Coleman. He is preceded in death by his mother Helen, his father Ross, brothers, Bill
and Harry Terrill.
Denny met his wife, Frances Bruno, in 1961 in Elko Nevada. Dennis gave her a ride home from
school as she was walking home in the rain with her little red boots. He picked her up in his red
57’ Chevy and it was a match made in heaven! Frances always said Denny looked like Ricky
Nelson and soon their song became “When we met, I felt my life begin, so open up your heart
and let this fool rush in.”
Denny and Fran were married in 1966 in Elko, Nevada and started their life together. They had
two boys, Kelly, who blessed the family in 1968 and Kurt followed shortly in 1970. Denny and
Fran moved their family to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1974. Denny worked for the Union Pacific
Railroad and had many friends sharing his life over all the years while raising his family. He
retired after 36 years and moved to Tucson, Arizona to enjoy his retirement in the warm
weather. He never had any difficulty making friends, his infectious laugh and smile made
everyone around him feel welcomed and loved. He was famous for his joke telling and ability to
make a room ask for an encore! He never ran out of the jokes that everyone loved to hear again
and again, nobody can tell a joke the way Dad did!
“Next on number 1, The Terrill Foursome!”
Dennis loved the game of golf and was a fantastic player. He shared his love for golf with his
family. He taught Frances and his boys how to play the game and the family enjoyed many golf
rounds together. We would always be able to hold some great life discussions on the course.
Denny could also fix anything. He spent time maintaining his own home, but more importantly
shared his skill and knowledge of building and repairing with his family. His sons would always
call to ask for help with whatever needed to be fixed. He always had good advice and more
times than not the issue was resolved in a do-it-yourself application.
Dennis spent his life dedicated to his family. He was proud of the accomplishments of his boys
and he was there making a life full of memories. He loved his wife, Frances, dearly and was
married for 57 years. HE WAS PROUD OF ALL OF IT!
He loved his grandchildren, Ross, Jack, Lily, Luci and Ava. He spent long hours in the pool
with each of his grandchildren laughing and enjoying their time together. They held a special
place in his heart.
Dennis is survived by his loving wife, “Franny”, his Son, Kelly Ross Terrill (Christy, Ross, Jack);
Son, Kurt Gabriel Terrill (Heather, Lily, Luci and Ava Terrill) Sister in law, Toni Terrill of Port
Angeles, Washingt on.
Dennis we love you and we will miss you dearly! Our Love and Faith keeps us all together. The
memories you gave us are the most important gift of all. The Love you left behind makes all of
our hearts so BIG! Goodbyes are not the end – You will live in our hearts forever.

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Service Schedule

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Date: Monday, April 3, 2023

Time: 10:00 am

Our Lady the Desert Parish


7101 W. Picture Rocks Road
Tucson, AZ 85743

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Born: December 31, 1944
Died: February 16, 2023

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Darrel robertson posted on 3/7/23

To Fran and the family Denny was an inspiration to the highlands community. His perpetual smile and friendliness will always be remembered. We miss you Denny. Peace be with you all!


Crystal Ortega-Terrill posted on 3/4/23

The Heavens are shining brighter. DB will be forever missed but never forgotten. Sending prayers for comfort and strength to the family.