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Dennis Michael Callahan
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In memory of
Dennis Michael Callahan
Dennis Michael Callahan November 2, 1938 - June 10, 2019 Dennis Michael Callahan, longstanding member of the Professional Golf Association (PGA) for over 50 years, as well as the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA), and a long-time resident of the Coachella Valley, passed away at home on Monday, June 10, 2019, after a lengthy battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). Dennis was born in Bristol, Connecticut, to Carlton C. Callahan and Elizabeth (Schreiner) Callahan, the seventh of 10 children. He was a 1956 graduate of Bristol High School. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Frances Bradley, Elizabeth Diloreto, and Joan Sanstefano; and brothers Richard Callahan and Carlton Callahan. He is survived by his loving wife of 48-years Sheila (Keyes) Callahan and their two sons, Dean M. Callahan (Jennifer) of Dallas, TX, Grant K. Callahan of Del Mar, CA; his grandson Christopher M. Callahan of Dallas, TX; his brother Michael Callahan (Margie) of Southington, CT; his sisters Loretta Noon of Plainville, CT, Maureen Viele, of St Petersburg, FL, and Elaine Callahan of Boynton Beach, FL; along with his Keyes brothers-in-laws of Dayton, OH, Walt (Patty), Jim (Judy), Joe (Kathy), and Dan (Beth). He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. In 1956, Dennis enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Paris, France. He was assigned to protect Gare de L'Est Train Station, where he safely escorted VIPs, dignitaries, and celebrities. Dennis would later say about his position in Paris, "Not a bad duty for a poor kid from Bristol!" Dennis often spoke of his time in the service, saying the Army saved him. Coming from a large family with limited resources, the Army gave him much needed structure, discipline, a deep pride and love for his country, and most evident, a fulfilling life. Dennis's strong patriotism and allegiance to the United States was weaved throughout every aspect of his life, and he contributed all of his success to his time in the military. He arrived to the desert in the fall of 1966, and began his long golf career at Bermuda Dunes Country Club. In 1969, he met Sheila (Keyes) and they were married October 10, 1970, in Dayton, OH. Early in their marriage, the couple was bi-coastal. During the summers, Dennis was the Teaching Professional at the New Haven Country Club in Hamden, CT, and then in 1970, he became the Head Golf Professional at Laurel View Country Club. In the winters, the couple lived in Palm Desert where Dennis was the Teaching Professional at Desert Island Golf & Country Club (DIGCC), an 18-hole par 72 private course designed by Desmond Muirhead, located in Rancho Mirage, CA. Impressed by his teaching techniques and his management style, the membership at Desert Island Golf & Country Club, tapped Dennis as the Director of Golf in 1977. Dennis and Sheila decided to settle in Palm Desert permanently and raise their two sons, Dean and Grant. Dennis's reputation and popularity quickly grew throughout the valley. He was an outstanding golfer in his own right and held the course record (66) at DIGCC for many years. The Desert Sun described Dennis, DIGCC's PGA Golf Pro, as a "low-profile guy" that "anticipates members' every wish and handles everything with perfection." Entrenched in the development and success of the club from the very beginning, Dennis became DIGCC's General Manager in 1999, until he retired in 2009. He was incredibly proud to be a part of Desert Island Golf & Country Club, and his love for his job and for the game was extremely evident. Throughout his career, Dennis hosted tournaments and oversaw events that garnered thousands for charity, though none more popular than the Multiple Sclerosis Pro-Am Celebrity Tournament. In 2005, Dennis was recognized by the PGA's President's Council for his dedication to growing the game. He was an extremely proud father, and nothing brought him more joy than spending time with his family and friends, even more than golf. The second most important role Dennis ever had came later in his life, the role of Grandpa. When Dennis and Sheila's grandson Christopher was born 6-years ago, they couldn't have been more thrilled spending as much time with him as possible. Despite his terminal disease, Dennis never lost his sense of humor and continued to make people laugh with his entertaining stories and keen Irish wit. He was a member at Indian Ridge Country Club and Ironwood Country Club, where he sustained his competitive spirit at Gin Rummy and Cribbage. Everyone who remembers Dennis might celebrate his life in their own way - possibly raising their glass in his memory!
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Dennis Michael Callahan
Dennis Michael Callahan November 2, 1938 - June 10, 2019 Dennis Michael Callahan, longstanding member of the Professional Golf Association (PGA) for over 50 years, as well as the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA), and a long-time resident of the Coachella Valley, passed away at home on Monday, June 10, 2019, after a lengthy battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). Dennis was born in Bristol, Connecticut, to Carlton C. Callahan and Elizabeth (Schreiner) Callahan, the seventh of 10 children. He was a 1956 graduate of Bristol High School. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Frances Bradley, Elizabeth Diloreto, and Joan Sanstefano; and brothers Richard Callahan and Carlton Callahan. He is survived by his loving wife of 48-years Sheila (Keyes) Callahan and their two sons, Dean M. Callahan (Jennifer) of Dallas, TX, Grant K. Callahan of Del Mar, CA; his grandson Christopher M. Callahan of Dallas, TX; his brother Michael Callahan (Margie) of Southington, CT; his sisters Loretta Noon of Plainville, CT, Maureen Viele, of St Petersburg, FL, and Elaine Callahan of Boynton Beach, FL; along with his Keyes brothers-in-laws of Dayton, OH, Walt (Patty), Jim (Judy), Joe (Kathy), and Dan (Beth). He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. In 1956, Dennis enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Paris, France. He was assigned to protect Gare de L'Est Train Station, where he safely escorted VIPs, dignitaries, and celebrities. Dennis would later say about his position in Paris, "Not a bad duty for a poor kid from Bristol!" Dennis often spoke of his time in the service, saying the Army saved him. Coming from a large family with limited resources, the Army gave him much needed structure, discipline, a deep pride and love for his country, and most evident, a fulfilling life. Dennis's strong patriotism and allegiance to the United States was weaved throughout every aspect of his life, and he contributed all of his success to his time in the military. He arrived to the desert in the fall of 1966, and began his long golf career at Bermuda Dunes Country Club. In 1969, he met Sheila (Keyes) and they were married October 10, 1970, in Dayton, OH. Early in their marriage, the couple was bi-coastal. During the summers, Dennis was the Teaching Professional at the New Haven Country Club in Hamden, CT, and then in 1970, he became the Head Golf Professional at Laurel View Country Club. In the winters, the couple lived in Palm Desert where Dennis was the Teaching Professional at Desert Island Golf & Country Club (DIGCC), an 18-hole par 72 private course designed by Desmond Muirhead, located in Rancho Mirage, CA. Impressed by his teaching techniques and his management style, the membership at Desert Island Golf & Country Club, tapped Dennis as the Director of Golf in 1977. Dennis and Sheila decided to settle in Palm Desert permanently and raise their two sons, Dean and Grant. Dennis's reputation and popularity quickly grew throughout the valley. He was an outstanding golfer in his own right and held the course record (66) at DIGCC for many years. The Desert Sun described Dennis, DIGCC's PGA Golf Pro, as a "low-profile guy" that "anticipates members' every wish and handles everything with perfection." Entrenched in the development and success of the club from the very beginning, Dennis became DIGCC's General Manager in 1999, until he retired in 2009. He was incredibly proud to be a part of Desert Island Golf & Country Club, and his love for his job and for the game was extremely evident. Throughout his career, Dennis hosted tournaments and oversaw events that garnered thousands for charity, though none more popular than the Multiple Sclerosis Pro-Am Celebrity Tournament. In 2005, Dennis was recognized by the PGA's President's Council for his dedication to growing the game. He was an extremely proud father, and nothing brought him more joy than spending time with his family and friends, even more than golf. The second most important role Dennis ever had came later in his life, the role of Grandpa. When Dennis and Sheila's grandson Christopher was born 6-years ago, they couldn't have been more thrilled spending as much time with him as possible. Despite his terminal disease, Dennis never lost his sense of humor and continued to make people laugh with his entertaining stories and keen Irish wit. He was a member at Indian Ridge Country Club and Ironwood Country Club, where he sustained his competitive spirit at Gin Rummy and Cribbage. Everyone who remembers Dennis might celebrate his life in their own way - possibly raising their glass in his memory!
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