Dennis was born to his parents, Dortha Mae and Truman Fredrick Yoder, as the second son in a family of seven siblings, in Fort Wayne, Indiana on January 1, 1943. He was received into the embrace of our father, mother, and God on November 3, 2012, at the Plantation Personal Care Home in Missouri City, from complications due to heart disease.
Dennis, at a very early age, showed remarkable intelligence and brilliance very much ahead of his time. His high school science project created a laser beam for which he was selected as one of the state finalists. His hobbies all encompassed technology and gadgetry, including his Ham Radio that was assembled in his early high school days. These projects, among others, led Dennis to the campus of Ohio State University on a full scholarship, training to become an officer in the U.S. Navy. This path led him to his first wife, Charlene Hawn, and a change of direction with his growing family, to a career in the electrical engineering field. After marriage, the family relocated to the Houston area.
Dennis started his career at NASA, where he was on the engineering team that designed the passage way which the Astronauts had to pass through for decontamination after their walks on the moon. He also worked at Bechtel, Brown and Root and other engineering firms. In 1980, Dennis started his own business, "Star Systems, Inc.", co-managed with his sister, Jan Timmons. They designed instrument control systems for water treatment facilities and steam injection plants. Dennis wanted to be involded in projects that were good for the planet and declined those that were not something he could support in consideration of his values and priorities.
Dennis was a very quiet person, a thinker, a philosopher, a gentle being, a photographer and a gifted artist. He loved all he met and forgave as willingly as he loved. He accepted all those he encountered without judgment and prejudice.
Dennis was a "New Age" and a metaphysical thinker. He was always thoughtful and sensitive of others' needs. He bestowed kindness to all. Dennis loved unconditionally without limits or boundaries. His gentle ways of love's expression was a tribute to the heritage shown and taught to him in his childhood, growing up in the Yoder household. In the late 1970's and early 80's, Dennis founded a center for spiritual study called the "Universal Life Center", which allowed him to share and express his beliefs of life, its possibilities, and its purpose. The center allowed him the freedom and platform in which to share his spiritual philosophies that were so much a part of his life.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Connie Young. He is survived by children, Dena Rotan and Tammy Guzman; step-children, Kimberly Machacek, Sherry Yingling, and Heather Rossonn; his siblings and their families, Vincent Yoder, Larry Yoder, Sue Whittington, Jan Timmons and David Yoder; grandchildren, Juliana Rotan, Zack Rotan, Haley Cantu, and Siarra Yeargan; step-grandchildren, Austin Shane Machacek, Nikki Machacek, and Isabella Arrazola; great-grandchildren, Zaidon Pleasant and Zoe Pleasant; wife, Mortag "Marti" Baillie; and ex-wives, Charlene Adams and Barbara Yoder.
The family would like to bestow our gratitude to all his healthcare providers, especially Sugar Land Heath Care Center and The Plantation Personal Care Home for their loving care. Your kindness and compassion made a difference in Dennis's life and will always be remembered.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:30 AM, on Saturday, December 8, 2012, at The Plantation Personal Care Home, 4118 Knight Rd., Missouri City. Please join the family for a reception immediately following, where lunch will be provided.