Dennis R. Drake died suddenly July 13, 2020. He leaves behind the love of his life, Mary Grace, his brother, nieces and nephews, his dog, cousins, extended family and cherished friends.

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Determined to live each day as if it was his last, he was a happy and creative man that often said life is a gift. He expressed that it is up to each of us to make our time on Earth meaningful. He lived so that his life in all its joy, mystery, and glory was worth showing up on this planet and being honest to the end. He was a loving man, brilliant and strong.

He valued great wine, good food, Jazz, and all of the amazing guitar masters. Dennis was passionate about sports, most especially baseball and basketball. He spent the best of times camping and traveling with friends, driving up the coast, in the mountains and canyons of primitive country. His friends were his family.

Indeed a man of many parts, Dennis could do the TIMES crossword puzzle in 5 minutes. He served in the Navy, loved live stage shows and concerts in Las Vegas and theater at PMT. A master carpenter and craftsman; just a few of his summer projects included designing and building a Morris chair, re-roofing an apartment building and a bungalow, adding a deck to his home on Michigan Ave.

He was filled with enormous humanity, a love of the world and all it had to offer. He felt a kinship with all life. Conversing with him brought one's soul into into existence. He read extensively to discover and extend his vast knowledge of history, philosophy and sports. He hit home runs playing softball with sixth grade students during the last school day of each year. He skied (his passion) at Alta on Albion until two years ago at the age of 68.

Graduating from University of Utah after changing Take advantage of all life has to offer. It's a miracle we even exist. his major from philosophy to English, to education, Dennis taught PreK, K, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades over the span of twenty seven years. His brilliance was working with children to help them discover and enrich their inner passion for learning. He performed heroic-teaching feats every day influencing the lives of countless young people. Dennis ended his teaching career at his beloved Wood Stock Elementary School. His philosophy as a teacher was: "Take them from where they are to where they ain't." Many of his fellow teachers and principals remember that he was also a fantastic practical joker.

Dennis bargained in good faith with his destiny and was always screamingly funny and adorable on that account.

His was a life well lived.


Packed with ONLY what you need

A homely Home and SIMPLE pleasures


A CAT, A DOG and a pipe or two

With ENOUGH to EAT and to WEAR

And a little more than



A celebration of the life of Dennis R. Drake will be held in the near future.


  • Survived By
  • Mary Grace Bowling, Wife
  • Ken and Linda Anderson, Brother,Sister-in-law
  • Steve Anderson, Nephew
  • Jannette and Massis Chahbazian, Niece
  • Robert and Jackie Anderson, Nephew
  • Mialisa Anderson, Niece
  • Charlie, Afghan Hound
  • Shirley Reich, Aunt
  • Preceded in Death By
  • Ruth Park Anderson Drake, Mother
  • Larry Drake, Brother

Life Story Info


Mary Grace Bowling

Post Date

Aug 26, 2020


Personal Info


Salt Lake City, Utah, United States


Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Cause of Death

Heart Failure





Religion and Beliefs




Military Affiliation

  • Navy


  • Vietnam War


Democratic Party

Worked For

  • Granite School District, retired


  • Bachelor's
    University Of Utah
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We will miss him tremendously. His great personality & wit. Mary, we love you. You are in our hearts and thoughts.

Ken & Linda Anderson Sep 04, 2020

He was a wonderful friend and awesome to teach with☺️

Laurie Summers , Salt Lake City, UT, US Sep 03, 2020

"What is the meaning of life?" Dennis sneaked into my classroom one morning and added this question to a quiz on the blackboard. I daresay he had many answers. We will miss him! Mary, I love you and am thinking of you.

Lori Treadway , Salt Lake City, UT, US Aug 29, 2020

We love you Dennis and miss you. You will be in our thoughts when we are camping, sitting around a fire, and talking among our friends. We are so glad we had this time together. Mary we love you and wish we could be with you.

Jan and John Ritter Aug 28, 2020

Dear Mary, we love you and will miss Dennis. We have lots of memories with you and Dennis. We loved camping and traveling with you both. Loved going to Alaska and Canada. There are so memories. We love you and Dennis. We will miss his. We need to make more memories. Love You

mary and gerry whitaker , salt lake city, UT, US Aug 27, 2020


  • Sep 17, 1950

    Birth of Baby Dennis, mother Ruth Anderson/Drake

  • 2020
  • Sep 3, 2020

    We have so many memories , there are to many to mention. We will miss Dennis a lot. Mary we love you.Our thoughts are with you.