Dennis A. Giles
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Dennis A. Giles, 74, died in Bloomington, Indiana on January 17, 2021. He was a long-time resident of Asheville, North Carolina, who had also lived in Salt Lake City, Corpus Christi, and Chattanooga.
Dennis was born in Ogden, Utah, on December 17, 1946, to Porter and Wilda Giles, and raised there with his three brothers and two sisters. Dennis graduated from Ogden High school in 1965, where he was a brass player and stand-out athlete in football and wrestling. He also played basketball and sang in the choir. Dennis served as a missionary in Stockholm and Gothenburg, Sweden, before returning to Utah where he graduated from Utah State University in 1971 with a degree in psychology. He went on to complete master's degrees in social work (from the University of Utah), as well as in business and hospital administration (from Pfeiffer University, Charlotte). Dennis worked for many years as a social worker at Holy Cross Hospital (now Salt Lake Regional Medical Center). He later became an administrator, surveyor and published author who specialized in physical medicine and rehabilitation hospitals, including CarePartners (Thoms), in Asheville, where he served as Chief Operating Officer and, before his retirement, as Director of Revenue Cycle Management.
Dennis was intellectually curious, open-minded, a lover of people, travel, and the arts (especially music)?and above all a dedicated family man, beloved in the community, known for his charm, sound judgment, tenderness and strength. He served in the Rotary Club of Asheville, coached recreational basketball, and always showed generosity and kindness to his many friends, family members, co-workers, and complete strangers. He could always be called to offer help, love, comfort and sage advice in good times and bad. Dennis was an avid sports fan, traveled widely, and enjoyed spicy food, strong coffee and ice cream. He could give the best back rub, make an unforgettable omelet and grill the perfect steak. No better company could be found for watching a ball game or movie, going out to a concert, for a meal, road trip or plane ride (or any other occasion). He had a beautiful singing voice, was a sharp dresser with an even sharper business acumen, but was also easygoing and adventurous: he got married in a historical saloon in Nevada, camped with his sons in the Rocky and Appalachian mountains, flew in a helicopter over volcanoes in Hawaii, travelled the wilds of Alaska and crossed the straights of Gibraltar?all with his family. Dennis was a cherished husband, father, grandfather and friend. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed a good laugh, even when losing a backyard squirt gun fight to his grandkids.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Lynda; two sons, Ryan (Claudia) and Christopher; his grandchildren, Marisa and Samuel, all of Bloomington; his brothers, Steven (Eda) of San Antonio, Texas, and Alan (Jeri) of North Ogden, Utah; along with many other family members and friends.
Thank you to SouthernCare Hospice, and especially friends Henry and Carrie Barton. The family is also appreciative of care by Timothy Gay, and the staff at Gentry Park Senior Living, where he resided prior to coming home to his family.
In accordance with Dennis's wishes, a memorial service will be private, for close family and friends. Messages of condolence mat be expressed at IndianaGreenBurials.com.