DURANGO, Colo. – Ross Patrick Denny passed away July 14, 2015. He was born April 17, 1949, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to John Michael Denny and Mary Estelle Quidor. He grew up in Billings, moved with family to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in his senior year and graduated from high school in 1967.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army 101st Airborne for four years as a radio technician in the Vietnam War. After his Army duty, he attended Fort Lewis College in Durango and received his bachelor's degree in science. He was employed by the U.S. Forest Service in California and Montana before attending the University of Montana, where he received his law degree in 1991. He also qualified as a smokejumper at the Missoula Center. He returned to the Forest Service in Bozeman, and later transferred to the U.S. Department of Interior Indian Service. He was employed with that agency in five western states until his retirement in 2009 at Ignacio, Colorado.
Ross was preceded in death by his father in 2012. He is survived by his mother, Mary Estelle; brothers Bruce of Frenchtown and Marc of Tokyo, Japan; sister, Paula Smith of Clifton, Virginia; four sons, Boone (Maryland), Matthew (New Mexico), Damon and Aaron, and daughter, Heather, all of Durango; six grandsons; and four granddaughters.
Ross was cremated and a memorial service is being held at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, at Western Montana Veterans Cemetery in Missoula.