Obituary: Dennis Giggey

Published: Thursday, Feb. 1 2007 3:46 p.m. MST

Dennis Giggey 1944 ~ 2007 Dennis Leroy Giggey, age 63, left this physical world after many years of illness on Jan. 29, 2007. Dennis was born Jan. 13, 1944 in Boulder, CO to Elmer and Betty Grove Giggey. Dennis lived in Gusher until age 10 when his family moved to Salt Lake City. He graduated from East High in 1963 and later Brigham Young University in 1967. He served a Southern States mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in the US Army from 1967 to 1970. Dennis spent two tours in Vietnam where he was instrumental in providing education to the Vietnamese children. He later worked as a civilian advisor to the Army in Thailand, Vietnam and Iran. After returning from overseas he was employed by U.T.A. from 1975 to 1990. He served as a Union officer for four years and as president of the Central Labor Council of the AFL-CIO. He moved into management as a Operations Supervisor until he became permanently disabled caused by exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. Dennis married Ky Thi Nguyen (later divorced). Dennis was a kind and loving person, always thinking of others. As sick as he was Dennis never lost his sense of humor. Dennis enjoyed painting, drawing, image editing, debating controversial issues and computer solitaire. His greatest joy was spending time with the grandsons, Adam and John. Their love gave him strength to live each day. Dennis is survived by his daughter, Diana Gygi (Calvin); son J. William Giggey; grandsons, Adam and John Gygi; father and step-mother, Elmer and Lorna Giggey; brother, Richard Giggey (Sharon); sisters, Linda Babovee (James), Renae Medina (David); step-brothers, Randy Drawe (Lynn), Daniel Drawe (Mary), Mark Drawe (Amy); step-sister, Dianna Kearney (Brett). Dennis was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Dutton; sister, Sandra Carlson; brother, Ronald Giggey; step-sister, Yvonna Evans; nephews, Kevin Carson and Alan Pack. The family would like to thank everyone at Federal Heights Care Center and the Canyon Creek Assisted Living for loving care Dennis received during his stay. Funeral service held Saturday, February 3, 2007 at 10 a.m. at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 Redwood Road. Friends may call Friday evening from 6 - 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service. Burial in the Roosevelt Memorial Park at 3 p.m. under direction of the Hullinger Mortuary www.hullingermortuary.com

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