Past USCA President Denis Fox passes away
Denis Fox, USCA President, 1994-95
Denis John Fox, 69, died unexpectedly July 1, 2013. Born in Fairbanks, Alaska, on November 27, 1943, to John and Eileen Fox, he was the oldest of 4 children. He attended Immaculate Conception Grade
School and Monroe High School, graduating in 1962.
Before heading off to college in the fall his father told him
that they were hiring at Department of Highways and suggested he show up to get
a job. He was hired seasonally and eventually became a full-time employee,
working in Design and Construction and Right of Way, until his retirement in
1998 after 35 years of service.
Between 1965 and 1968 he served in the United States Coast
In 1976 he met his best friend and future wife, Natalie
Patricia Vitt, through a blind date arranged by his mother. They married in 1977 and would have
celebrated 36 years of marriage in July.
They had two daughters, Nikki and Meagan who were his pride and joy. And then there were grandchildren. He was so happy to have been a part in their
early lives. He loved to give them rides
on the lawn tractor, when they were able, while he was mowing the lawn and then
was delighted when the oldest was able to ride with him to fish camp. He said frequently that he had been blessed to
have lived long enough to have known them all.
After returning to Fairbanks from the service in 1968, he joined the Fairbanks Curling Club and was
active in a many ways for over 40 years.
He had been a representative from Alaska to the United States Curling
Association and went on to become a United States Representative to the World
Curling Federation. During that time he served as the Director of Finance for 4
years until 2004, when he was forced to retire for health reasons. While he
could not be as active in the Curling Club in later years, he continued to be
involved with curling as one of the directors with the Fairbanks Curling Club
Foundation. He was also a member of the
POETS group and the Elks Club.
Denis enjoyed spending time with family and friends. His summers were spent puttering in the yard
and going to Fish Camp on the Copper River.
He enjoyed travelling in the spring and fall so as not to miss the
summers and not to leave the house in the cold in case it should freeze up! At
the end of his “work” day, Denis would always head down to the Midnite Mine for
a couple cold beers. He enjoyed the company and conversation with Bob, the
girls and the regulars.
Denis lived his entire life in Fairbanks and loved the state
of Alaska and its people. He often said that “Life is better, north of 60.”
Denis is preceded in death by his father John, mother Eileen,
brother Stephen, and stepfather James Lovelady.
He is survived by his wife, Pat,
daughter and son in law, Nikki and Randy Curtis, daughter and son in law Meagan and Eric Janssen,
grandchildren Connor, Mya, Jemma and Hayden,
daughter Aimee Fox, sisters Janice (Rod) Platzke, Sheila (Ron) Foster,
and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life is planned for August 31, 2013 from 3
p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Fairbanks Curling Club, 1962 2nd
Avenue, Fairbanks, Alaska. In lieu of
flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Denis name to the Fairbanks
Curling Foundation or the charity of your choice.