Dennis Charles Rice

  • Born: February 6, 1944
  • Died: March 3, 2014
  • Location: Desert Hot Springs, California

Rose Mortuary & Crematory

66424 Pierson Blvd.
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
Tel. (760) 251-7673

Tribute & Message From The Family

Dennis Rice, age 70, passed away Monday, March 3, 2014. Dennis was born in San Francisco on February 6, 1944 and attended Sacred Heart High School where he played varsity football for three years and was selected first team All-City; Back of the year; All Catholic; All Metropolitan and later inducted in to the Sacred Heart Athletics Hall of Fame.

Dennis, a long time resident of Desert Hot Springs, spent the last 40 years in the Coachella Valley and had an eclectic career including serving his country in the Marine Corps, serving the public as a California Highway Patrol Officer in Indio, co-owner of the original Hair of the Dog Saloon in Palm Springs and taxi driver.

Dennis was preceded in death by his mother Edna Zahn and his sister Kathy Cisneros. He's survived by his beloved wife Helen, his children Lisa (Michael) Brown, Granger, IN; Debbie Rice (Steve Soldano), San Francisco, CA; Eric Rice (Jennifer Dean) New York, NY; stepdaughter Angie (Andy) Brister, Ventura, CA; grandson Elliott Brown, Granger, IN; sisters Margo Tufo (Shelli Vincent), Portland, OR; Nancy Sharp, San Bruno, CA and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dennis had a great sense of humor and loved Harley Davidsons, Johnny Cash, watching Law & Order, telling colorful stories about his life and spending time with family.

Memorial donations may be made in his name at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, 1055 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 or online at in memory of Dennis Rice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Rose Mortuary, Desert Hot Springs.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Dennis and I worked for Landstrom foods Warehouse in South San Francisco in the sixties Dennis was a driver for the Company I was a Warehousemen .He was truly the best !!

Posted by Tom Morey - San Francisco, CA   September 29, 2014

Dennis, ID 5253, RIP old buddy. See you later down the road.

Bob Lytal

Bob Lytal

Posted by A friend   April 08, 2014


Enjoyed working with you. Always a true professional and good friend to those who knew you. Rest in Peace.

Posted by James Ammons - S.Lake Tahoe, CA   April 06, 2014

I was childhood friends with Dennis during his late grammar school years at Saint Monica's and part of Sacred Heart High School. We learned to fish at Muni Pier, Fort Point, Lake Merced and sometimes Spreckles Lake (carp). I joined his family on annual camping trips in Central and Northern California. Before football, he was an excellent basketball player especially in 3-man games where he could not be stopped taking a jump shot near the basket. He played on our Richmond Packrat basketball team which won a City Recreation League Championship.
We spent many hours in his home, sometimes playing poker with Grandpa Roe or being disciplined by Grandma Rice.
Dennis and I travelled different paths after high school. I was unable to persuade him to play football at Notre Dame (at the urging of Grandma Rice).
I will always remember my best friend. I will keep Dennis and his family in my prayers.

Posted by Raymond Mapa - Daly City, CA   April 01, 2014

Deb and Steve - and the entire Rice family - I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of mourning.

Posted by Troy Valdez - Oakland, CA   March 19, 2014

May the blessing of light be on you—
light without and light within.
May the blessed sunlight shine on you
and warm your heart
till it glows like a great peat fire.

From Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep.

Posted by A friend   March 17, 2014

Dennis and I were very close friends way back at St Monica's and briefly at Sacred Heart...Dennis may have been the best athlete I ever played with...I moved away and lost contact...God Bless
ya and RIP...BTW Dennis and I played on a CYO Soccer team that won the City Championship...Dennis was a fullback and I was goalie...we walked to and from practice at Polo Grounds many many times...Dennis was a superiour athlete...Jerry Leahy, Stamford,Connecticut

Posted by A friend   March 17, 2014

Uncle Dennis you will never be forgotten. Some of my best memories of my childhood include you, a green dune buggy, the Indio office CHP family and Mexico with my dad. You will be missed by many as your are loved by all.

Posted by Elizabeth Boden - Roseville, CA   March 15, 2014

Dennis could always be counted on to cover my back. He,as as a CHP Officer, was one I could count on being there if I needed help as an RSO Deputy. We also shared many hours outside the lawman job. God Bless.

Posted by Jim Lamb - Knoxville, TN   March 15, 2014

Dennis and Tom Blair had some great times together. My prayers are for you Helen.
Rest in peace and my love to you Helen
Ilena Blair

Posted by A friend   March 15, 2014

Posted by dennis rice - CA   March 14, 2014

Jigger snipes To one of the kindest people I've ever known you were loved and you will be missed

Posted by A friend   March 13, 2014

You are loved and missed by me and my family, stories of you!I promised you I will look out for your WIFE my dear friend and that I will do. Know this, I think of you each time I hit the road and I intend to make you and Norm proud.Watch out for us, let us hear those words of wisdom and push us to continue on as you would do if you were in sight.Moved on Not forgotten...job well done. Love always Tee

Posted by theresa wright - dhs, CA   March 13, 2014

May God bless and keep you Dennis. Rest in peace.

Posted by John Doran - Irondale, AL   March 12, 2014

My heart is sad. I have so many great childhood memories. He will be missed by all. Rest in peace Dennis.

Posted by Anna Manley Maggard - Pensacola, FL - long time family friend   March 09, 2014

So sorry for this loss to the RICE family. Dennis was a dear friend to our family and made such an impression on me as a young boy. He was larger than life in my eyes and one of the chief examples which influenced my personal decision to become a Police Officer later in life. My sincerest of condolences to his family and children.

Posted by Mike Manley - CA - Family Friend   March 09, 2014

Rest in peace Dennis

Posted by Lisa Manley smith - Omaha, NE - Friend   March 09, 2014


I have so many wonderful memories of Dennis while growing up in Palm Springs. Our Family's getting together for trips to the river and so many more.
I always had such great respect for Dennis.
A very kind man with a big heart.
My prayers go out to the Family. May God give them strength.
Rest in Peace Dennis. You will be missed.

Posted by Rita Manley-Garcia - Twin Falls, ID - Friend   March 09, 2014

RIP Gods home is the best home ever. Sorry for the families loss. Praying.

Posted by Theresa Donaldson - Palmdale, CA - Friend of a friend   March 08, 2014

I miss you Dennis and love you very much

Posted by Angie - Stepdaughter   March 08, 2014