In Memoriam : Dennis Thygesen

Dennis Thygesen Dennis Lee Thygesen - age: 76
(October 21, 1941 to July 13, 2018 )
Resident of Ukiah, California

DENNIS LEE THYGESEN, Ukiah, California
Born October 22, 1941 in Aurora, IL, Dennis Lee Thygesen died after a brief illness on July 13, 2018 at home in Ukiah, CA, at the age of 76, with his family around him. A Real Estate and Mortgage Agent/Broker for 48 years in Mendocino County, he was also an importer/wholesaler of Italian wines in recent years. A graduate of Downers Grove, IL High School, and Southern Illinois University (BA, MA, History/Economics), he also completed post graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
A loving husband and father and a kind friend, he was a certified solo pilot, and a lifetime Amateur Radio Operator (WO6A). A lifetime historian, he was proud to work on a history of Coyote Valley before the dam, a research project of the U.S Army Corp. of Engineers and Sonoma State University. As a real estate broker he facilitated the sale of Hunters Lagoon, Manchester to the California State Parks. A lover of Italian culture, he spent many years traveling to Italy to study its language and history, and was a proud member of NBICF of Santa Rosa.
Dennis is survived by his wife of 48 years, Patricia Lane Thygesen, Ukiah; daughter Erica Lee Thygesen (Matt), Portland, OR; son Brian Carl (Mariana), and granddaughters Lillian (6) and Maia (4) Thygesen, Denver, CO; his brother Clifford (Lynn) Thygesen, Boulder, CO, and 19 nieces/nephews (including grands and great-grands). He was predeceased by his father Irving Thygesen and mother Hazel Marie Thygesen, of Downers Grove, IL.
A private memorial scattering of ashes in the San Francisco Bay will be held October 20, 2018. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the North Bay Italian Cultural Foundation (NBICF), 64 Brookwood Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95404-4326, tel: 707-591-9696, email:

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