Dennis James Sim entered Heaven on Tuesday May 26, 2015, after bravely battling a long illness. He was surrounded by family and close friends at Kingman Regional Medical Center.
Dennis was born on Oct. 23, 1942, in Utica, Mich., to David Riach Sim and Helen Lucille (Hughes) Sim. He was the third of five children. The family moved to Kingman in 1959 and Dennis' father opened a fiberglass boat manufacturing business at the Kingman Airport.
Dennis enlisted in the United States Army in 1960 and served for three years. After his Army service, Dennis returned to Kingman, working with his father and learning many skills including manufacturing, engineering and surveying. Putting good use to the skills learned from his father, Dennis worked as a land surveyor and then became a draftsman. This knowledge led to becoming a land developer and starting a business, Walnut Creek Development Company, with his friends, Roy and Scott Dunton.
Dennis married Doris Hawkins on Nov. 9, 1963, in Kingman. She was the cute little hairdresser working at the MonPetite Beauty Salon on Andy Devine Avenue whom he would see every day while having breakfast at the Tidy Way Café.
Dennis was preceded in death by his father, David, mother, Helen, brother David and sister Kathleen.
Dennis is survived by his wife of 52 years, Doris; daughter Malibu (David) Diaz of Needles and daughter Camaro Sim of Kingman; grandchildren Kevin (Jessica) Harshman of Phoenix, Morgan (Ryan) Peake of Mohave Valley, Brittnee Sim of Baytown, Texas, Santana Montoya of Yuma, and Cortlin and Philip Cochran of Needles; and great-grandchildren Izaiah, Tatum, Justin and Rayden.
Also surviving Dennis are his sister Sandra Mathews of Shelby Township, Mich., brother Doug (Sandy) Sim of Spanaway, Wash., as well as many other relatives and close friends. It must be noted that Doug extended Dennis's life 15 years by donating a kidney in October 2000.
Dennis loved his family very much, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Dennis wished to be cremated and celebrated at the old Elks building. We will be honoring Dennis with a celebration of life at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at the historic Elks building located at 301 N. Fourth St. in downtown Kingman. Please bring your favorite dish and drinks to have a great potluck. We will provide plates, silverware and plenty of great meat.
All of Dennis and Doris' friends, employees, friends of the past, and Walnut Creek residents (current and former) are invited. Let's say "farewell" to an outstanding man and celebrate a life well lived.
The family asks that any remembrance be offered to the National Kidney Foundation or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Dennis had great love for both of these organizations.