Perry passed away at Kaiser Permanente Hospital at the age of 81 with his wife and sons by his side. He was the second child born to Perry E. and Lavida M. (Cope) Dennington. He was raised by his mother Lavida and stepfather Olin Beck. He is survived by three sisters Yvonne Boyles, Sharon Cutter and Debbie Miller.
Perry went to school in Oklahoma and Southern California. At the age of 17, he joined the US Army. He became a paratrooper with the 101st and 82nd Airborne. During most of his military career, he was stationed in Germany.
After being discharged he met his future wife, Judy, through a mutual friend. They were married June 8th, 1963, living briefly in Oklahoma before returning to California. Perry and Judy just celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary. Perry is survived by his wife Judy and their sons Brandon Dennington (Wendy) and Arden Dennington. His grandchildren, Morgan, Madison Kaylin, Kimberlyn, Kylie and Kolby Dennington.
He learned his trade as a mechanic at Volkswagen dealerships and came to Tracy from Livermore in 1974 to open, “Perry’s VW Parts and Repair.” Located on Grantline and later Larch Rd. After 10 years he decided to work at Lawrence Livermore Lab as a mechanical technician, retiring in 2000.
He enjoyed being with his family and was very supportive of his sons activities especially wrestling including the Tracy Wrestling Club. Many hours were spent in the gym or on the road for tournaments. Perry loved racing and spent many years building and driving off-road cars. Later he was able to share this passion for racing with his youngest son.
Over the years, many great memories were made while Perry and Judy traveled in their motorhome to different destinations. The last few years, they enjoyed the companionship of their Shih Tzu’s, Brody and Poppy Dawn.
Perry is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Services will be held on Wednesday, October 13th at 11:30 at the LDS Church, 27150 Wilkson Way (off Valpico). Followed by interment at Tracy Public Cemetery, 501 E. Schulte Rd.
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