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In Loving Memory

Dennis Wayne Stephens

September 4, 1985 – January 9, 2021

Dennis Wayne Stephens, 35, beloved father, son, and friend, passed away suddenly from cardiac arrest on the afternoon of January 9, 2021. While Dennis left this world too soon, his larger-than-life persona, trademark smile, and sparkling blue eyes will never be forgotten.

Dennis was born in Pasadena, Texas, on September 4, 1985. In 2004, he graduated from Alvin High School, where he excelled in athletics and discovered his love of pasture parties, hunting, a well-made fire, and of course, the ladies. His college career was short-lived: after a handful of days in school, Dennis determined that he could learn far more from living and developing personal relationships than he ever could from textbooks. And he was right.

Dennis was a people person with an unparalleled zest for life. He was the type of man that could strike up a conversation with anyone, any age, any ethnicity or in any holding cell. With Dennis, “more was always better.” He lived 1000 years in the 35 calendar years we had with him because he attacked life; Dennis wasn’t just the life of the party—he was the party.

Although a less than average life span, Dennis did not live an average life. He traveled where he wanted to travel, laughed inappropriately at every chance, watched what he wanted to watch, and loved who he wanted to love. He was a rare combination of someone who had a love of life and a firm understanding of what was important—the simplicity of living a life with those you love. Dennis cherished his family, but nothing brought him more joy than spending time with his daughter, Chloe. He loved her with every fiber of his being.

A self-proclaimed mama’s boy, Dennis wore his heart on his sleeve and was generous to a fault. He was introspective and sensitive, known to cry at the drop of a hat. It was not unusual for Dennis to begin weeping as he entered church. What brought him to tears remains a mystery—whether it was his debilitating anxiety or the possible revelation of past indiscretions—no one dared to ask.

Yet, Dennis had few regrets. He often said that it is best to live life without looking back—not just because “the cops are always in my rear-view mirror”—but because Dennis understood and appreciated the silver linings of life.

Dennis was most proud of being a father, his near-perfect recall of Aaron Lewis song lyrics, and his ability to make those around him feel better when they were feeling their worse. His passions included fishing, watching football (particularly the Texans and Longhorns), playing Madden with his friends, and making Chloe laugh. He also really loved crawfish and his dog, Colt.

Without a doubt, our world is a smaller place today without Dennis. Dennis did not change the world forcibly, but he affected many people in it. He lightened them with his gentle heart. He brought them joy through his infectious smile—a smile that thankfully was passed down to his daughter.

Dennis was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Donald R. Watson, and his paternal grandparents, Virginia and Joe E. Stephens.

He is survived by his daughter, Chloe Elizabeth Stephens, his mother, Kimberly Stephens, stepfather, Reed Vyrostek, father, Dennis Stephens, Sr., stepmother, Debbie Stephens, stepsiblings, Haley Vyrostek, McKay Vyrostek, Melissa Thompson, and Cody Farley, many other beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins, and countless adoring friends.

A Memorial service will be held Monday, January 18, 2021 at 2:00 P.M.at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home. 311 N. Friendswood Dr. Friendswood, Texas 77546 (281) 992-7200.

Condolences may be sent to the Stephens family in care of of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of the usual remembrances, the family suggests that memorial tributes be directed to a trust fund established for the benefit of Chloe Elizabeth Stephens (payable to Chloe Elizabeth Stephens with notation of Wells Fargo Account No. 9260455770).

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12 thoughts on “Dennis Wayne Stephens”

    1. My sincerest condolences to all of you: Chloe, Dennis Sr., Debbie, Kim and all of Dennis He’s extended family.
      Dennis was truly an extraordinary young man sent home to be with his Lord so much sooner than all wanted. He certainly knew that he was loved by all of you. I will be praying God to wrap His arms around each one of you and bring you comfort

  1. My heart breaks for such a loss, another taken way to young. Prayers Kim you were such a wonderful mom. I’m always here to listen.

    1. George & Lisa (Hoover) Geisser

      Dennis & Debbie. We are so sorry for your loss.
      Just know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your famiy. God bless.

  2. So sorry for your loss. From a Mother than loved Dennis like her own, I cherish the memories he left in my heart, the junior high dances, wrapping houses, birthday parties, movies, and all the laughs when he was hanging out with Brittani. I had searched for him on fb just a weeks or so ago. He had been heavy on my heart. Was saddend to see he had passed way too early. My condolences to his family and would live to meet Chloé one day.

  3. Leslie Scopel-Seddon

    Dennis you will be missed by so many! May you rest peacefully knowing that your mom will keep your spirit alive through Chloe & make sure she grows into a strong, beautiful, thoughtful & successful woman. My prayers are with you & your entire family!
    Love always
    Leslie

  4. Tara Elaina Compton

    My deepest condolences to Dennis and Debbie both ! I love you both and pray for peace and comfort for you two. Frank and I are here for you both and will be!💖

  5. Big Dennis & Kim,
    We all know little Dennis was a Mama’s boy, but he loved y’all both dearly. Little Dennis left his greatest accomplishment (Chloe) behind and will be relying on y’all to keep his memories alive. Chloe is truly blessed to have y’all as grandparents. Little Dennis will keep giving Kim a run for her money through Chloe. Love Y’all, XOXO

  6. My brother Dennis was a mamas boy with a daddy’s girl and a heart of gold!! For some one that has very few friends and many associates I took pride in my 15 year friendship with Dennis. You couldn’t fit him into any Box he always surprised you and could take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions! I know that he’s smiling down on us now with the lord. Kim I’m sorry that he left us soo soon. I know I don’t even have to say this cause your one of the strongest ladies I know but stay strong for Chloe! If you need anything don’t hesitate to call.

  7. Terri Treece Cavazos

    Kim and Dennis ! Ur son seemed to have a beautiful soul which the 2 of u had most def. I am sorry not to have got to know him after he was born I wish I had. I am so sorry for u all but most of all his adorable daughter. To be honest I see u both in her. I am again so sorry for ur loss . I will keep u all in my prayers. Chloe although I didn’t know ur daddy personally what I do know is ur grandparents were amazing friends to many people and know that ur are def loved. Ur in my prayers🙏❤️💜🙏. I know during these difficult times it is hard to have a service but I know that the love of ur grandparents friends and daddies friends would feel a stadium that is because ur daddies parents loved him so and I know because their hearts were that big back when we were growing up and they passed that to ur daddy and we all pass that to u. 🙏❤️💜🙏

  8. Ken and Sandra Krusleski

    May the presence of our Lord, and His warm embrace, comfort the entire family during this emotional valley. We are so sorry for your loss. Hugs and love, Ken and Sandra Krusleski. 🙏

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