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Dennis “Dutch” Packard
entertained Spectrum readers with his family stories about
growing up in Chicago and being a grandpa.
husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle and friend, Dennis “Dutch” Packard,
passed away on Sunday, November 23, at the age of 73 after a short, brave
struggle with pancreatic cancer.
Dennis was born on May 13, 1935, in Racine, Wisconsin, to Frances and Robert
Packard. He was raised in Chicago and Southern California, moving as a young
man to Santa Cruz, California, and finally to Citrus Heights in 1982.
He made his living as a salesman and a restaurateur, but his passions were being
an author, artist, humorist, columnist (recently for Senior Spectrum), public
speaker, chief cook for his family, and most of all, Grandpa.
Dennis made friends wherever he went, and he never met a stranger. He was devoted
to, and will be forever missed by, his wife Stacey, their daughters Cara Alfonso
and husband Jason, Maree Nicholas and husband Adam; grandchildren Brooke and
Evan Nicholas; his sisters Sally Carlson, Peggy Buckley, Joy Herndon and their
children; sister-in-law Tonja Jantz and husband Phil; nephews Justin Bross and
wife Gloria, and Colin Bross and wife Kelly, brother-in-law Elden Holmes and
mother-in-law Phyllis Holmes, best friends Ted and Kathy Hemming and their family,
and the many friends he made along the way.
Friends and relatives were invited to a memorial celebration of his life on Saturday,
November 29, at the Maidu Community Center. Private internment will be at Calvary
Cemetery in Citrus Heights.
Dutch and his wonderful stories will be greatly missed by Spectrum staff and
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