Dennis Merle Seese

dennis seese

February 1, 1951 ~ January 27, 2023

Born in: Akron, Ohio
Resided in: Fremont, California

Dennis Merle Seese, age 71, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, January 27, 2023, from complications associated with myotonic dystrophy.  Dennis was born in Akron Ohio on February 1, 1951.  His family moved to California in 1955 and settled in Fremont CA in 1957.  Dennis graduated from Washington HS in 1969 and received a BS in Bio-Chemistry from Cal-Poly at San Luis Obispo in 1976.  He held various positions in different industries including oil refining, winemaking, substitute teaching and energy auditing.  He had a bit of wanderlust in his soul that included backpacking in Jasper National Park Canada, hiking the Grand Canyon, numerous trips to visit family in Ohio and occasional trips to Hawaii and Washington DC.  He was also handy, which was necessary to keep his 1963 Volvo running for over 200,000 miles.  He also enjoyed contra dancing.  But Dennis real passion was music.  He was self-taught and excelled at playing the guitar and violin.  He played in different bands throughout his life, and when his myotonic dystrophy progressed and his muscles would no longer allow him to play, he continued his creative instinct and wrote musical scores.  The highlight of this effort was a recital of his compositions by an orchestral group at Hidden Valley Music Seminars, Carmel Valley CA in 2010.  Dennis was a member of Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church.  He was a passionate and giving individual with a deep love of family.

Dennis was preceded in death by his father Maynard Grant Seese (1964), mother Margaret Elizabeth Seese (2014), sister Nancy Anne Seese (2021) and numerous aunts and uncles.  He is survived by brother-in-law Bernard Cleyet (Salinas CA) and cousins Linda North (Fairfield OH), Larry Anderson (Pacifica CA), David Dilley (Dayton OH), David Anderson (Santa Fe NM), Diane Pyle (Heath OH), Sally Biggins (Cuyahoga Falls OH), Mark Anderson (Kent OH), and Denise Schaffner (Akron OH).

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  1. CandleDear Dennis, may you light up the heavens with your beautiful music & soul. We were all blessed to know you…may you rest in peace and without pain friend..

  2. CandleDear Dennis, it was an honor to know you all the way back to Norris Elementary school. Thank you for the years of friendship and it was a true blessing to have you in my life.

  3. To one of my oldest, dearest friends from grade school way back in the 50’s. You were always a kind, caring, and talented guy. The last years of your life were a great struggle which you did not deserve. Rest in peace my friend.

  4. CandleI lived with Dennis back in the early 90’s in Aptos. We were friends ever since. I remember a meeting with Dennis in the 2000’s. While visiting Yosemite with my family, I heard a familiar soft voice calling me. It was Dennis with his lovely mother. What a wonderful chance meeting. I know that seeing him and his mother that day brought me more joy than visiting beautiful Yosemite.
    I wished Dennis would have had a better quality of life in his later years. Dennis, you are now free and in peace. My friend, I will miss your humor and kindness but know I am a better person for knowing you.

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