Jun 192013

Beloved husband and father Dennis Laplander, 73, entered into the final leg of his journey on Thursday, June 13, 2013, in Winslow. He had suffered long with stage four cancer, among other life threatening issues. A celebration of his life will be held at 11 o’clock this morning (June 19) at Greer’s Mortuary Chapel in Winslow.
He was born in Hancock, Mich., on July 5, 1939.
Dennis was an officer with the Tucson Police Department for nine years in the 1960s. He was then drafted in to the Army and served in South Korea with the Military Police. Shortly after he was discharged he joined the U.S. Forest Service, and retired in May 1994 after 25 years of service. He had been the ranger in Sycamore Canyon for seven years before being transferred to Mount Lemon and then to Alpine for 15 years. In July 1994 he went to work for the Department of Corrections in Winslow, where he retired after 10 years.
He was a master woodwright and handcrafted several 16-foot runabout boats. He also built baby cribs, a full size carousel pony and a four-passenger Santa Sleigh for the Deer Farm. He often gave handcrafted butterflies and hummingbirds to friends. He loved hiking with his son David and boating on Lake Powell.
Survivors include his wife, Karen; children, Robert, David and Deeann; and bonus children, Allen, David S., Todd and Amy.