Obituary: Dennis Welch

Dennis Welch
Dennis Welch

Dennis Welch, 67, of Sunland passed away Thursday, Dec. 13, after an eight-week stay in the hospital due to complications from pneumonia, low platelets, cardiac problems and renal failure.
Dennis was born July 2, 1951, at the Methodist Hospital in Los Angeles to Arthur Welch and Beatrice “Ruth” Welch (nee Housego). He grew up in the San Gabriel Valley and attended school in Monrovia and Temple City. During the summer after high school, Dennis spent time at the U.S. University of the Performing Arts in San Diego, where he was a sound technician. He also took many classes at Pasadena City College relating to the arts, photography, telecommunications and business. He worked for a number of companies over the years, including Bushnell Optical, Meteorological Research Inc., ONTV, Pacific Bell and CNC Enhancements. For the last 14 years he worked as a multimedia producer for the Art Directors Guild in Studio City.
In 1988, Dennis met his future wife, Laurie, at a photography convention in Long Beach and they were married in February 1992. They enjoyed many trips together across the Southwest and California, with their honeymoon taking place in Yosemite National Park. In 1993, their daughter, Annie Welch, was born.
Dennis enjoyed many interests throughout his life, including filmmaking, electronics and bicycling. He once rode his bike from Pasadena to Morro Bay and built many of his own computers. He also enjoyed playing the trumpet in the Renaissance Faire for a number of years. He was also a very active person and enjoyed riding his motorcycle, hiking, camping and fishing. When he was young, he built a geyser in his backyard after being inspired by those that he saw on a trip to Yellowstone National Park, and he once rode his motorcycle with his best friend all the way to Canada! Dennis and Laurie also spent a number of years volunteering with the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association, and Dennis was the head of construction for the 1994 float; he also got to drive the float in the Rose Parade that year.
When he was undergoing treatments for cancer in 2016, Dennis was asked what he valued most in life. Above all else, he valued his family, especially his wife and daughter.
He will be remembered as a loving son, brother, husband and father, and is survived by his mother, Ruth Welch; his wife, Laurie Welch; his daughter, Annie Welch; his sister Penny and her husband, Ed Karale; his sister Barbara and her husband, Randy Getten; his niece, Julie Nightingale (husband Brian), and his nephews Brandon (wife Christina), Eric and Cullen. He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Welch, in 1976, as well as by his Aunt Barbara Housego and Uncle Jim Housego.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, at Crippen Mortuary in Montrose (2900 Honolulu Ave., Glendale CA 91214). A viewing will precede the service, starting at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association. Additionally, the family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses, and hospital staff at the UCLA Medical Centers in Santa Monica and Westwood for their care and treatment.crippenmortuary.com

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