Dennis Harold Edwards, 70, who had been a dean at a California College, died Feb. 21, 2013, at Billings Health and Rehabilitation Center after a short battle with lung cancer.
He was born Oct. 7, 1942, in Harlowton to Harold O. and Eva E. Edwards. He attended Harlowton schools and was a star contributor to several championship football seasons.
Soon after graduating in 1960, he married Dorothy DeBuff and enrolled at Eastern Montana College. Shortly after the birth of his first son, he received a bachelor of science degree in history, speech and drama in December 1964. He moved his family to Ceres, Calif., where he began his teaching career. Two years later, he moved his family to Susanville for a teaching position at Lassen High School.
The following year, Mr. Edwards received a fellowship to Utah State University where he received a master of arts degree in political science. The family returned to Susanville, and he taught political science at Lassen College for 12 years, serving several years as department chairman.
In the spring of 1982, he accepted a position as dean of humanities at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, Calif., and went on to become dean of instruction. He retired in 1995 and moved back to his hometown.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Daniel of Elk Grove, Calif., and Douglas of Sacramento, Calif.; a brother, Mike of Bainbridge Island, Wash.; and four grandchildren.
Dahl Funeral Chapel handled arrangements. At his request, no service has been held, but a memorial will be held later this year.
Donations may be made to RiverStone Hospice, 123 S. 27th St., Billings, MT 59101 or to the Railroad Museum, Harlowton, MT 59036.