Dennis Hall Elliott
Dennis Hall Elliott, son of James and Holly Elliott, passed away on January 2, 2021 due to complications of Parkinson's disease.
Dennis was born October 31, 1946 in Newport News, Va., at a military base. The family grew roots in Placerville, Calif., where Dennis was raised with his older brother Jay and younger brother Mark. He attended Pomona College, joined the Vista Corps in Chicago during the Vietnam War, and then obtained his law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Ore. During 40 years of private practice in business litigation, he loved learning through the eyes of his clients and excelled at considering other points of view. His extensive volunteer and community work included a tenure as President of Lake Oswego High School Foundation, coach of many youth teams, and a long-time board member of the Parry Center for Children.
As a young man, then known as Denny, he was an accomplished basketball, football, and baseball player and grew to be an avid marathoner. In addition, he loved to play the guitar, write music, and lead a sing-along around the campfire. On April 5, 1980, he married Leila Sher, the love of his life, best friend, and world travel partner. Together they created a loving, blended family that enjoyed pickleball, backyard baseball, the trails of Tryon Creek State Natural Area, swimming, and camping and skiing in the mountains of Oregon and California.
The family home Dennis and Leila built on Forest Meadows Way was a home away from home for their entire community. Everyone loved Dennis' dry, quiet humor and his laser-quick puns. His natural approach was to complement rather than compete, exhibiting a kindness and patience that drew universal love and respect. He made everyone around him better.
Dennis is survived by his six children, Jackson, Travis, Tyler, Jessica, Brett and Match; 16 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild. Other surviving close family include his brother Jay, and his wonderful sisters-in-law, brothers-in- law, and many nieces and nephews.
There will be a celebration of Dennis' life held virtually at 3 p.m. on Feb 6, 2021. Please use the following link to join the celebration (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82961681554), or check CaringBridge.org for details. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of Tryon Creek (https://tryonfriends.org).