Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

October 13, 2020
Dennis Lee Rockwell

Obit Dennis Lee RockwellDennis Lee Rockwell, born April 1, 1953, to Leland and MaryLou Rockwell, passed from this earth suddenly Oct. 10, 2020. In spite of contracting polio at the age of two, Dennis proved to be tough as nails as he worked through a debilitating disease and eventually obtained a swimming scholarship to BYU. He graduated from BYU with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a focus in technical education. It was during this time he met and married the love of his life, Maria.

Dennis went on to teach the technical learning and careers program, science, and outdoor survival at Grantsville Junior High School for 29 years. He loved working with his students. Dennis had many hobbies and talents and was always making or building something and often teaching someone how to do the project at the same time. He was recognized as teacher of the year as well as CTE teacher of the year at Grantsville Junior High.

Dennis was active in the community. He was a general contractor, maintained the air quality station for Tooele County, and was on the Board of Health. He was also a Tooele County Commissioner. Dennis was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He held several positions including on the stake High Counsel and as bishop. He loved Scouting and worked in the Young Men’s organization for over 30 years. He received the prestigious Scouting Circle of Honor and Silver Beaver awards and is the father of two Eagle Scouts.

Dennis loved to spend time with his family. He loved fishing, hunting, and river rafting. He grew a beautiful garden and was known for the delicious “Rockwell corn.” There was not a place in Utah that he had not been at least once. He was always planning a trip with the family. 

He is survived by his wife Maria Rockwell; children Vanessa Rockwell, Jennifer Grossarth (Kyle), Travis Rockwell (BriAnna), Colter Rockwell; and grandchildren Kilee, Ethan, Makayla, Porter, Cambree, Brynlie, Kysen, Teigan, and Brixton.

Graveside service for Dennis will be held Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, at 11 a.m., at the Tooele City Cemetery, 361 S. 100 East.

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