Dennis Jerald Drussel April 25, 1944 - April 11, 2021

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.

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Friday, April 16, 2021
6-8 p.m.
Walker Funeral Home
587 South 100 West
Payson, Utah


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    Lois Swindlehurst says

    My deepest condolences to the Drussel family. I have no doubt he will be missed immensely. What a great rendering of his life and a great sense of humor he had.

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    anthony hobbs says

    What a wonderful 40+ yrs, I can’t imagine my life without “Drussel” as many called him.


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    Kary DeCoster says

    Pat and family, thank you for sharing your husband and father’s history. I am sorry for your sudden loss. I am glad you can be there for each other for support and love. Continue the happy traditions that bring you close. I am sure that is what he would have wanted.

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    Jack says

    I’m so sorry to hear of my friend Dennis passing away. We worked together at freedom Honda for several years. He always called me jack Morman. Dennis and I did fun things when we worked there. He was one of a kind and had many friends. I was proud to be one of them. I was friends with Steven Covey and told him about Dennis one day when he came into the shop. He and Dennis got to be good friends and I’m sure he was instrumental in Dennis getting back into the church.
    My sincerest condolences to Pat and the family.

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    Nan Theobald says

    We are so sorry for your great loss. We loved your dad! He was so smart and talented. Evan would always reply after a visit with Dennis, “Dennis said to do this or that.” We always followed his counsel. I can’t count the time he repaired our lawn mowers. Such a good man! Our prayers are with your dear family.

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      Carl & Wendy Johnston says

      We are among the folks who will tell you “We LOVE your Dad!!!” We got to know Dennis at Carpenter Seed. He loved to tease us as being from Spanish “Fark” but we learned we could tease him just as much as he teased us and we would all end up laughing our guts out!
      You have done yourselves proud in the writing of his obituary! We don’t recall laughing so hard at reading one. It was Dennis to a T! Even he would approve and laugh at it.
      We saw right through his gruff exterior into the Cream Puff Center! It is true….he COULD fix anything.
      We join in sharing in your loss. God bless you all.
      -Carl and Wendy Johnston

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    Shelby Hooper says

    Matt and Ashley. Denise and I are sorry for your loss. Your Father sounds like the kind of character that we could relate to. We love you both and pray for your comfort.

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