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With heavy Hearts we say a temporary goodbye to Dennis Cambridge, an incomparable Husband, Father, and Friend. Dennis passed away at the age of 70 on Saturday Oct 17, 2020 at Utah Valley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family after a hard-fought struggle with pancreatic cancer.
Dennis is survived by his wife: Lark Ann Cambridge; children: April Bell (Paul Bell), Erik Cambridge (Kristen Cambridge) and Cody Cambridge (Lindsay Cambridge) ; father: Gordon Lee Cambridge; siblings: Marc Cambridge, Ed Cambridge, and Christi Shea; grandchildren: Parker Bell, Emmet Bell, Addie Bell, McKay Bell, Eli Cambridge, Alexis Cambridge, Kaylee Cambridge, and Emery Faye Cambridge.
Dennis was born April 3, 1950 in Payson Utah, the eldest child of Gordon and Barbara Cambridge. He spent his youth in Sacramento, California performing in the family Band, making films, (including a reenactment of their favorite film at the time Beau Geste), and using his younger brothers as human brooms. He said, “it was the fastest way to clean under the bed”. He Graduated from BYU in 1973 with a degree in Zoology, realizing that degree was useless, he got a master’s degree in computer science, while living in California. He met the girl of his dreams, Lark Ann Gibby, while playing in the BYU Folk Dancers Band. She played hard to get, but he persisted. In the final tally he proposed to her three times, each time only receiving a maybe as a response. Finally, he packed up his car and told her to marry him or lose him forever. She realized she couldn’t be without him and they were married Aug 19, 1976 in the Provo Temple. They began their life together In San Diego, California. There, they welcomed their first child April into the world. Erik was born Santa Maria, California followed by Cody in Englewood, Colorado. Dennis and Lark had always wanted to return to Utah to be near family. One day while on a walk by a lake they noticed a flock of seagulls near the shoreline. Seagulls have a special meaning in Utah history, and they felt like the time had come to return home. April thought it was a terrible Idea but was outvoted by her younger siblings. Erik who was 11 at the time said, “if they could make it there, they could make it anywhere, New York New York.” April scowled, and Cody just wanted out of his car seat.
Early in his career Dennis worked for Martin Marietta on the Voyager probes which have recently exited the solar system. His name is on those probes. Each Voyager probe contains a golden record with sounds from earth. His kids always wished the company had given him one. His granddaughter has noted that when she becomes an astronaut she would go and get it for him. For the past 23 1/2 years Dennis has worked at NuSkin in Provo Utah. He was a Database Administrator, but more importantly an honorary member of the prestigious group “The Pirates”. They are known for their excellence and freewheeling demeanor. He proudly kept the flag on his desk always. He had stated many times, that it was the best place to work, and Nuskin was like a family to him.
Dennis was an avid Sailor, Reader, and Musical connoisseur. Sometimes he was able to do all three at once. While most people were buying Speedboats and wake boards Dennis bought a small sailboat. He attempted to christen it the Lark Ann, but since she was afraid of the water, the boat remains unnamed to this day. Most importantly, Dennis was a follower of Christ. His children remember him as a man of great faith, who strived to live his religion. Through the darkest of times, Dennis was always a man of great hope. Dennis never complained about his illness or the pain he suffered. Dennis loved his grandchildren and spent every Saturday with his wife and all the kids. He always put his wife and children’s wellbeing at the forefront of everything he did. Whenever his family needed him, he would drop everything and rush to their side. His kids often say they’ve never met a more selfless person. We will all miss you and pray that God will keep you safe, until we meet again.
A funeral is Scheduled for Saturday Oct 24, 2020, at Eastlawn Memorial Hills in Provo Ut at 11:00 am. A viewing will be held Friday, Oct. 23, 2019 from 6-8p.m. at Nelson Family Mortuary, 4780 N. University Ave. Provo.