Richard Davis Denson
Richard Davis (Dick) Denson died Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at his home in Houston. Dick was a victim of Parkinson’s disease and had been on the hospice list for several months. Born with a defective right eye, his eyesight had deteriorated over the years, and he was legally blind the last few years of his life.
Dick was born on Jan. 11, 1933, in Houston, Texas, to H. P. and Janice Davis Denson. At age three, the family moved to, and he grew up, in Jennings, remembering it fondly all of his life. He graduated from Jennings High School in 1951, and he loved playing football for the Bulldogs. He was a petroleum engineer, graduating from LSU in 1956. After serving in the Army, he worked for two years in Houston, then went to South America, where he worked for 18 years, (mostly in Venezuela and Ecuador) with the exception of a brief period in Illinois. His professional life also included a short period in Angola, several years in Egypt, and 12 years in Germany.
Dick is survived by his wife, the former Zena Coralee Bush, a native of the Cayman Islands. They were married in Maracaibo, Venezuela, nearly 54 years ago. Also surviving are two daughters, Constance (Gerald) Robertson of the Cayman Islands, and Melinda Denson of Atlanta; a sister, Janice (Anthony) Cirillo of Houston, Texas; a sister-in-law, Seneca Diaz of Maracaibo; and several nieces and nephews in the U. S., Venezuela and Europe.
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