Dennis Truman Midzor's passions in life were family, friends and the outdoors. While pursing those passions to the fullest, he was killed suddenly on Saturday October 23, 2010 from a horseback riding accident while elk hunting in the Colorado La Garita Mountains. Dennis was born in Honeyville, Utah on April 10th, 1935. He is survived by his mother Wilma Hart, Sister Stephanie Raymond, son Steve Midzor, daughter Melissa Midzor and his grandchildren Haley, Marcus, and Megan. Dennis was preceded in death by his father Steven Christopher Midzor and his wife Clara, devoted partner of 44 years. Dennis met his future wife in 1956 while recuperating at Wadsworth VA hospital in Los Angeles, California. The couple married in 1961 and after moving from Los Angeles to Omaha and back, became a long time residents of Colorado Springs moving here in 1973. Dennis worked as a well respected engineering manager and program manager for several aerospace firms in the area including System Development Corporation, Ford Aerospace, Loral, and Lockheed Martin Corporation. Dennis was rock solid, gracious, open-minded, and mentor in the truest sense of the word to countless people in his life; he was thoroughly devoted to his friends, keeping in touch with people he embraced several decades earlier, never thinking twice to open his home up or to lend a helping hand. After retirement Dennis and Clara became world travelers, having visited many countries in Europe, the Middle East, China, Australia, and New Zealand. A competitor, Dennis was fond of his once-a-month poker game with several of his closest friends; he played every hand to win which he did more often than not. Dennis loved the Colorado Mountains; a horseman for 35+ years, he proffered that riding a horse was the best way to partake of the mountain experience. Dennis was family oriented above all, and would watch many of Haley and Marcus's sporting exploits, get together with his local family and constantly travelled around the United States especially to spend time with Melissa and Wilma in California. Please join us at 2pm on Monday, November 1st, at the Sunrise United Methodist Church Services to celebrate the life of this great man.
Published in The Gazette on October 27, 2010