EVANSTON—Dennis J. Ottley, 87, passed away peacefully at his home in Evanston, WY on September 5, 2019. He was born on January 28, 1932 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He moved to Evanston, WY at the age of 15, and spent the next 72 years making his home there.
He married Sandy Fotheringham on July 26 1950. They were married for 69 years and had four sons; Randell, David, Tib and Cody.
He believed in service – service to family, service to community and service to country. He served his country in Korea as a gunner and a tank commander in the 141st Tank Battalion of the Wyoming National Guard.
After returning from Korea, he served his community through many civic activities including the Jaycees, where he was recognized both statewide and nationally for his contributions. Beginning in 1965, he served his community for three terms as councilman and three terms as mayor.
Dennis was the owner/broker of Uinta Realty until 2013 when he embarked on his next career choice, that of author. Through seven volumes he chronicled his life, his military career and his political experience.
Denny is survived by his wife, Sandra (Fotheringham) Ottley; his sons, Dennis Randell (Linda) Ottley, David (Kerri) Ottley, Ronald Tib (Diana) Ottley, and Cody (Rhonda) Ottley; his siblings, Dean (Pam) Lott, Jeanne (Michael) Lovell, and Berta Clegg Richins; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchldren; and dozens of nieces and nephews that meant so much to him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Terrell Lott, Larna Loveland Ottley, and Grant Ottley; his brothers, Kent (Delores) Ottley, Robert (Sandra) Ottley, Mack Lott, and Ronnie Lott; his sister, Teralene (Johnny) Hutchings; and his grandson, Patricio Tib Ottley.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held September 13, 2019 at 11:00 am in the Evanston Round House.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Evanston Police Department Benevolent Association or the Wounded Warriors Project in his memory would be appreciated. Online condolences may be given at crandallfhevanston.com.