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Posted on Jan 4, 2021
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Karl Dennison 1958 -2020


It is with tremendous grief and sadness that my children Kyle, Devyn, and Kassidy, my granddaughter Kennedy and I announce the peaceful passing of my beloved husband, father, and grandfather Karlets Dennison on Sunday, January 3rd.
Karl, the humblest of men, was an accomplished rodeo athlete, rodeo coach, and cattle rancher. Friend to everyone, Karl never met a stranger. He was the type of person who would help anyone. Whether it be driving his kids to the rodeo, praying for his family, walking his daughters and granddaughter down the rodeo alleyway, sharing his love of roping and ranching with all his children, Karl lived the cowboy way, every day. He supported me and our children in obtaining all levels of education and goals.
Karl's rodeo accomplishments were many. He was an Indian National Finals Rodeo All-Around and Senior Team Roping champion. During college, Karl was part of the Navajo Community College rodeo team qualifying for their first College National Finals Rodeo in Bozeman, Montana. Karl loved to mentor, and he was good at it. He loved guiding his children to multiple Indian National Finals Rodeo qualifications and Indian World Championship titles.
In 2014, he accomplished being the first and only Navajo father to guide his daughter Kassidy to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo where he gleamed with pride as he walked her down down the WNFR alley at the Thomas and Mack in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Not a man to keep his talents at home, Karl helped others become champions in the classroom, rodeo arena, and in life. Karl returned to his alma mater of Navajo Community College, which is now Dine College, to serve as the rodeo coach from 1992 to 2013.
During his tenure as rodeo coach, Karl was the first and only Navajo coach to send his Navajo team to a team championship within the Grand Canyon Region. He coached many rodeo athletes and help guide and established many cowboys and cowgirls with a foundation to achieve their goals in rodeo and life.
Karl loved life and loved people. He was honest and genuine, and he always treated people with respect and dignity. He would talk to anyone about anything, share a story, or offer humble advice and prayer. His favorite pastime was spending time with his family, horses, and cattle, going to rodeos, and sharing his passions with many.
He also loved social media and often shared his daily life experiences of the ranch through Snapchat, so we were always connected as a family.
Unfortunately, Karl's untimely death was COVID-related. We ask that you please take the few seconds it takes to wear a mask, social distance, and limit your time out and about. Let's work to take care of each other and eliminate this virus, even if it just to honor Karl's memory.
The outreach of support during his illness was tremendous to our family. We know he has many friends throughout all levels of rodeo, education, and ranch life.
During this challenging time, our family respectfully asks for your continued prayers and our privacy as we work through our loss.

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