Dennis Jerald Drussel passed away peacefully April 11, 2021 from an intracranial hemorrhage. He was born April 25, 1944, in Payson, Utah, to Jerald A. and Gail L. Drussel and was the oldest of three boys.
Dennis grew up in Eureka, Utah, graduating from Tintic High in 1962. He attended the University of Utah on a baseball scholarship, but left after breaking his leg in a horse-riding accident. He later attended Southern Utah University. After college, he switched his focus to motorcycles. He raced for Husqvarna and spent many years working for Freedom Honda before going to Carpenter Seed in Provo.
He married Patricia Rollins January 21, 1978, after meeting on the phone and getting engaged on their first date. After six weeks, they married in Elko, Nevada, and were later sealed as a family in the Manti Utah Temple.
Dennis spent a large number of years happily inactive in the LDS church. He later gave up his Sunday morning neighborhood watch duties for early morning church meetings as he served faithfully as a ward clerk and later as a stake clerk in Payson, Utah. He was a committed member of the church.
Everyone knew he was an enigma; he had the Drussel sense of humor, and was willing to help everyone. He was a master mechanic and could fix anything. He could be found watching sports, the golf channel, and lately, Gunsmoke, since he didn’t have a TV growing up.
He loved Eureka, his stuff, and his family. He also loved reading, history, a freshly mowed green lawn, and BYU losing to Utah. He looked forward each year to fishing and camping at Fish Lake with family and friends. He ‘hated’ people, his name being spelled wrong, and having his stuff thrown away. His list of grudges was Tolstoy-long, yet it was common to hear people say, “We just love your dad”. If he growled at you, you were his friend forever!
He was often quoted as saying “If I had to do it again, I would have raised pigs”. He was the father of four—Daralyn Smith, Courtney Corbin (Will), Lindsey Peterson (Sean), and Matt Drussel (Ashlee). He was the “Bunca” to eight grandchildren whom he loved dearly. He is also survived by his brothers, Kirk and Mike and their families.
Since he hated funerals, and viewings, there will be a visitation at Walker Funeral Home, 587 South 100 West,Payson on Friday, April 16, 2021 from 6-8:00 pm. He will be buried in Payson, Utah.