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Dennis Nyback – RIP

October 7, 2022

Too soon.

One of our end of the regular season plans was to get our friend of several decades up from Portland to watch a few more Mariner games. Carl met Dennis in the Kingdome during batting practice in 1984, when Dennis stepped in front of Carl to catch a ball. All’s fair in love and war, was the explanation. And a friendship began.

Dennis was around, although there were a few years when he was elsewhere, like NYC. And frequently overseas for film shows that he put on. His main avocation was as a film archivist, and he would put together a thematic show of old films on request.

Our particular connection included summers when he would stay at our house, and at other times as well. Dennis knew how to live simply. Use of our house as a base of operations was what Carl considered our contribution to supporting the arts. We were one of his Seattle residences, including using our residence as his voting location. I finally insisted he tell the powers that be that he had moved (to Portland). He had been called for jury duty and they were threatening with some action. I was sure they were going to show up at our door with a warrant.

Dennis with Carl’s daycare kids in Tacoma. Dennis, Will, Kelsey, Ashlan, Rey and Van

The backyard film shows, popcorn ceiling removal, jambalaya for Thanksgiving, and other memories keep popping up.

We did not succeed in our quest for one more game. His condition had been changing daily, and we were up to about Plan G in how to manage the trip. Dennis decided to leave us on Sunday, two days before we were to gather him for the game. I fully believe he made his own decision, having found his way home.

There is so much more to Dennis though. Check out his wikipedia page, or Facebook page for others stories. They are legend, and span the world.