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Dennis Milton Doty, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away on February 26, 2024, at the age of 73. He was born on December 22, 1950, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Herbert and Doris (Lind) Doty.

Following his formative years at Cooper High School, Dennis courageously enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1969, proudly serving his country and in Vietnam until his honorable discharge in 1971.

He furthered his education at Dunwoody and then began his career at Center Point Energy, where he dedicated 38 years as a locator and welder.

On September 16, 2006, Dennis married Suzanne (Klatt) Thompson, embarking on a journey filled with love and companionship.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Dennis was deeply involved in his community. For 14 years, he served as a volunteer firefighter for the city of Crystal, exemplifying his selflessness and commitment to the safety of others. He was also a lifelong member of the Crystal VFW.

Known for his infectious sense of humor and quick wit, Dennis was the life of the party. His easy-going nature and fun-loving personality allowed him to make friends wherever he went. He effortlessly socialized with anyone.

Dennis found joy in various pastimes, including golfing, 4-wheeling in Wisconsin, and traveling the country in his motorhome. He was an active member of softball and bowling leagues for several years. Above all, Dennis treasured time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren, whom he adored. His love knew no bounds, and his presence brought warmth and happiness to those around him.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Herb (Doris) Doty; and brother, Butch Doty.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Sue of 17 years; his children, Shawn (Jen) Doty of Dayton, MN, Lindsay Doty of Isanti, MN, Melissa Doty of Andover, MN and Josh (Tori) Thompson of Otsego, MN; grandchildren, Jordan, Carson, Hannah, Ian, Chaise, Andrew, and Parker as well as one great-grandchild Jayden. He is also survived by siblings, Randy (Cindy) Doty, Patty (Kevin) Kepple, and Kevin Doty; and numerous nieces & nephews.

Visitation will begin at 1:00 PM on Saturday, March 9, 2024 with a Memorial Service to follow at 2:30 PM with all at The Peterson Chapel of St. Michael-Albertville (300 Main Street N, St. Michael, MN).

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of St. Michael-Albertville. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital ( or Optage Hospice (2545 Hamline Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113), honoring Dennis’s life.

4 Guestbook Entries

  1. Jim & Gina Rako

    So sorry to the family for your loss

  2. Kathy Doty-Palm

    We first met in my backyard when we were 5 years old, on the skating rink that my Dad flooded so we could slide & ice skate. We reconnected years later and were happily married in 1972, then had 3 beautiful children! Bless you for your silly humor, gentle nature, kindness, generosity of your time as a Crystal, MN Fireman, and an upstanding U S Marine. Blessings to your siblings, their families and our 3 children. You will surely be missed.

  3. Linda Waltenberg

    Denny lived at the other end of the block from me growing up. Kathy and I were friends. I was in the wedding. Kathy babysat my son I remember coming to pick him up and Denny would be holding him. He loved babies. May he rest in heavenly peace

  4. Melissa Pribyl

    Thinking of you, Sue!


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