L. Dennis White | Obituary

L. Dennis White

L. Dennis White

Denny White, 89, was born in

Sioux City, Iowa, the second son of

three boys born to Mark and Thordis

White. He died July 17, 2020.

In 1942 his family moved to

Vashon Island where he developed his

love of the natural world by spending

time in the woods, the beaches, and

water surrounding Vashon.

Denny graduated from Vashon

High in 1949 and served in the Navy from 1950-1954.

He earned a BA in Education at Western Washington

University and a master’s degree from Oregon State. He

taught biology at Auburn High School from 1957-1965

and at Green River College from 1965-1989.

In his younger days Denny enjoyed many outdoor

activities: hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, backpacking, and

sailing. In recent years he devoted himself to vegetable

gardening and writing nature poems, essays, and

memoirs. Denny was proud of his Norwegian heritage,

studied twice in Norway and was a longtime member of

Norden Lodge #2, Sons of Norway in Tacoma.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Joy White of

Bonney Lake; son Bruce White of Aberdeen; daughter

Janet and husband Jeff Groves of Enumclaw; and six


A family memorial will be held at a later

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