Dennis Leroy Reed was born February 16, 1942 in Texas and raised in Los Angeles, California by Lorenzo Reed and Juanita Reed. He was a man full of life and experiences which effected his life in unusual ways.
Dennis attended school in Los Angeles, California which resulted in him developing an interest in social development. In 1985, Dennis found his start through help in the Salvation Army, Harbor Light Center, where upon completion he was trained and promoted to Phase II Advocate involving counseling and case management. Finding the work rewarding, in 1989 to 1992, he pursued education and certification in Chemical Dependency Counseling at U.C.L.A, School of Heath Sciences and Los Angeles Mission College. Afterward he worked at People In Progress, Inc. as a Program Coordinator from 1990-1994 and His Sheltering Arms, Inc. recovering program as a Program Manager from 1994-1995. Following his efforts in program recovery Dennis was lead to work in education at Burbank Unified School District in Campus Security where he retired in 2015.
Dennis was most pleased for his professional position as security for the Jimmy Kimmel Show from 2013 to 2017.
Following retirement from Burbank Unified School District, Dennis moved to Hemet, California to spend the remaining years of his life.
On March 18, 2020 in Hemet, California Dennis Leroy Reed peacefully passed away with sister, children and niece at his side. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Danny Reed, Donald Reed; sister, Peggy Reed.
Survivng his death are children, daughters, Valencia Reed, Beshawn Reed and Denise Reed-Grier; son, Donta Reed; step-children, Eyeyana Babers, Dontae Duncan and Juavona Gallien; Niece/Daughter Karen Cloud who he loved and cared for like his own. He was survived by sisters, Carolyn Pete, Sheridan Elaine Reed Nixon, Deborah Reed-Robertson, Theresa Graves; and brother's, Leo Reed, James Graves, and Gregory Graves. Last but not least he was survived by his Ex-Wife Betty Giddings, his favorite cousin Sara Williams who he always confided in and many grand-children, nieces, nephews, cousin's and friends.
To Those Whom I Love & Those Who Love Me
When I am gone, release me, let me go.
I have so many things to see and do,
You mustn't tie yourself to me with too many tears,
But be thankful we had so many good years.
I gave you my love, and you can only guess
How much you've given me in happiness.
I thank you for the love that you have shown,
But now it is time I traveled on alone.
So grieve for me a while, if grieve you must,
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It is only for a while that we must part,
So treasure the memories within your heart.
I won't be far away for life goes on.
And if you need me, call and I will come.
Though you can't see or touch me, I will be near.
And if you listen with your heart, you'll hear,
All my love around you soft and clear.
And then, when you come this way alone,
I'll greet you with a smile and a 'Welcome Home'.
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