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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