OBITUARY – Dennis Coit, 83

Dennis Coit, 83, of Denver, Colorado, peacefully passed away on March 11, 2023, after a battle with pneumonia. Dennis was predeceased by his wife, Betty Coit, his daughter Heather Coit, and his brother Rodney Coit. He is survived by his son Derek Coit and his daughter, Lisa (Coit) Thompson, her husband, Jeff Thompson, and his two grandchildren, Samantha and Alison Thompson.

Dennis was born on March 8, 1940, to Darwin Dewayne Coit and Lois Louise Coit in Denver, CO. Growing up, Dennis loved school and learning; he particularly enjoyed American History. This passion for education continued into adulthood, where Dennis was an avid reader and learner. He always had a book in hand and the news on, staying updated on current affairs. Dennis’s thirst for knowledge made him a remarkably talented trivial pursuit opponent. His family joked that he was a walking encyclopedia full of knowledge, a human “Google.”

As a young boy, Dennis had several hobbies, including fishing, collecting coins and stamps, and building model airplanes. Childhood pastimes included spending time with neighborhood friends playing football, hide and seek, and cards. Dennis remained friends with his childhood neighbors throughout his life and regularly met with them as adults to play golf, go on fishing trips, and have dinner. 

After Dennis graduated from East High School in 1957, he pursued a degree in Political Science at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. Dennis was in the ROTC program at Stanford and a Beta Theta Pi fraternity member. He graduated from Stanford with honors in 1961. 

After college, Dennis enrolled in the United States Army as a Reserve Commissioned Officer, First Lieutenant. He was stationed at Fort Ord in California. Dennis was a proud American and felt honored to have had the opportunity to serve his country. 

After completing his service, Dennis attended Denver University Law School but quickly discovered his passion was in financial management. He then worked in finance and wealth management for over 40 years. Dennis was a partner at Boettcher and Company and finished his career as Regional Vice President at RBC Wealth Management in Denver; he was passionate about finance and loved what he did for a living. Even in retirement, Dennis kept up with financial markets and the latest financial news and kept his family updated on his thoughts. He provided excellent advice to grandkids looking to save money for college!  

Dennis was a second-generation member of Cherry Hills Country Club for over fifty years. At Cherry Hills, Dennis found his community. The Club was a second home for Dennis and his family. They spent many nights at the Club with family and friends, enjoying parties, lunches, and dinners. Dennis loved to play golf at the Club and spent many afternoons out on the links. 

Dennis married his life partner, Betty Sue Lessig, on March 17, 1993. Dennis and Betty were soulmates. They were avid travelers and history lovers. While traveling, they enjoyed experiencing new people, cultures, and food and were always open to new experiences – they were adventurers at heart. Dennis and Betty enjoyed spending their summers in Grand Lake, CO, where they enjoyed boat rides, cocktail parties, and watching wildlife in Rocky Mountain National Park. During the winter, Dennis and Betty frequented Scottsdale, Arizona, where they played golf and enjoyed the sunshine while visiting Betty’s family. Dennis mourned the loss of Betty in 2016 and firmly believed they were eternal soulmates who would be together always. They enjoyed a happy, loving, and fun-filled marriage together. 

Those who knew Dennis knew he loved nature and the outdoors, and Dennis particularly loved wildlife and fishing. Dennis enjoyed seeing the moose walk across his lawn or the foxes playing along the driveway in Grand Lake. Dennis was a devoted fisherman, and he regularly went on fishing trips to Alaska and Wyoming with his friends. Fishing was a part of the family legacy, with Dennis’s mom teaching him to fish at Monarch Lake as a young boy. Dennis lit up when his kids and grandkids asked him for fishing stories and shared photos of recent fish they caught.

Dennis was a strong, kind, supportive father and friend. His knowledge, guidance, and humor were the foundation of his family and something they will all remember most about him. Dennis taught his family the importance of kindness and doing what was right. Dennis’s close friends remember him as a loyal and devoted man, a true gentleman who cared for others’ wellbeing before his own. He was the first to offer help in a storm, make you feel welcome when you were new to the community, or offer his ear when you needed advice. He was giving. This was particularly evident through Dennis’s charitable contributions to causes near and dear to his heart. 

Dennis chose not to have a public funeral service. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of the following organizations Dennis was a proud supporter of: The Denver Museum of Natural History, Colorado Headwaters Land Trust, Dumb Friends League, National Scleroderma Foundation, Denver Zoo, and K9s for Warriors. For more information about Dennis, visit his memorial website at