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Dennis James Baltzell

June 22, 1954 - July 10, 2016

Dennis was born on June 22, 1954 in Glendive, MT to Theodore “Howard” Baltzell and Dorothy M. Hunt Baltzell. Dennis left this earth peacefully and entered joyously into heaven on July 10, 2016 in Spokane Valley, WA. In 1955, the family moved to Coeur d’Alene, ID, making it home for his childhood. He graduated from Coeur d’Alene High School in 1972, enlisting in the Air Force in the fall. Upon completion of his basic and technical school, he was stationed at Hill Air Force Base. In the spring of 1973, he married his high school sweetheart, Greta Greenfield. Honorably discharged in 1978, Dennis moved his family to Phoenix, AZ, working for several years before relocating to Minnesota; here he worked for Republic Airlines for 4 years. Wanting to be closer to family and continue his education, they moved to Spokane, WA, where he resided for the last 33 years. Dennis completed his Bachelor of Social Work in 1987 and worked the following 24 years for Spokane Public Schools. He supported students and worked various positions; as long as he could help others -that was his joy. He retired in 2012 only to go on to work for SCC, helping students facing challenges to achieve their full potential. In 2013, ALS was diagnosed. The past 2.5 years Dennis spent his time volunteering at St. Mary’s School; listening and guiding many. 2016 brought more changes as communication and mobility were impaired. On July 10, 2016, while ALS took his body it freed his soul. Dennis is survived by his wife Greta; daughter, Christine Monrroy; son, Aaron (Megan); brothers, Ronald (Zena) Baltzell, and Jerry (Barbara) Baltzell; grandchildren, Caleb Monrroy, Sophia Monrroy, Titus Baltzell, Genevieve Baltzell, Conrad Baltzell; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Baltzell; mother, Dorothy (Hunt) Baltzell; and sister, Sharon (Baltzell) Johnson. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer a memory card and donations can be made to the ALS Evergreen Chapter or Hospice of Spokane. Community Cremation & Funeral Spokane Valley - 13127 E. Sprague Ave, Spokane Valley, WA 99216, (509)926-2020 -


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