Dennis Skahill was born on Jan. 1, 1952, in St. Charles, Mo. His parents were Kenneth and Mary Skahill.
Two years after he was born, his family moved to West Covina, Calif. Dennis was raised with five siblings. He had three older sisters, Patty, Carole and Barbara, and two younger siblings, Larry and Mary Jo. He graduated from West Covina High School in 1970. His favorite class in high school was Auto Shop. Dennis loved to race cars. He had a 1963 Ford Falcon, 1965 Mustang Fastback 289 and a 1963 Corvette Split Window.
At Mount San Antonio College, his favorite courses were in Police Science. Dennis had a passion to become a police officer. Then he got in a motorcycle accident that made that impossible (broke his back) in 1972. This led him to moving to Idaho where he got a job at the Golden Rule in Ketchum. In the valley, he had many friends including Darrell Mulligian, Bill and Paul Smith, Kevin and Jen McCann, Pat Smith, Steve Hoolahan, Tom and Taffy Schultz, Jim and John Mayne, Greg and Michal Abbott, Berry, Glen and Heidi Southward, Tony Taylor and tons more.
On Sept. 26, 1981, Dennis exchanged wedding vows with Marie Hendrickson in California. Dennis was blessed with three children: one son, Ryan and two daughters, Shellie and Kallie. His primary occupation was drywall. Dennis was an active member at St. Charles Catholic Church and his favorite pursuits were gardening, reading, fishing and sports. In his early Idaho days, he owned a catering truck called Mulligian’s Munchies that parked at various places like River Run.
In July 2012, Dennis was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. By April 2013, Dennis and Marie had to move to Los Angeles to officially be on the list for a lung transplant. He had a hard battle and received a lung transplant on Sept. 3, 2013, at UCLA. He was in and out of the ICU for two months fighting pneumonia before he passed. Dennis passed away on Nov. 11, 2013, at Barlow Respiratory Hospital in Los Angeles, Calif. He is survived by his wife, Marie, and his children Ryan, Shellie and Kallie.
Services were held at Custer Christiansen Chapel in Covina, Calif., on Nov 18, 2013. There will be a celebration of his life held in the valley at a date soon to be determined. Please visit the website for a fundraiser to help with the services and hospital bills the family has incurred in this time: www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/cdg3/dennis-skahill-memorial-fund.