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“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...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Tom Morey - San Francisco, CA

“Dennis, ID 5253, RIP old buddy. See you later down the road.Bob LytalBob Lytal ”
2 of 20 | Posted by: A friend

“Enjoyed working with you. Always a true professional and good friend to those who knew you. Rest in Peace. ”
3 of 20 | Posted by: James Ammons - S.Lake Tahoe, CA

“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...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Raymond Mapa - Daly City, CA

“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. ”
5 of 20 | Posted by: Troy Valdez - Oakland, CA

“May the blessing of light be on you—light without and light within.May the blessed sunlight shine on youand warm your hearttill it glows like a...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: A friend

“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.....Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: A friend

“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...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Elizabeth Boden - Roseville, CA

“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....Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Jim Lamb - Knoxville, TN

“Dennis and Tom Blair had some great times together. My prayers are for you Helen.Rest in peace and my love to you HelenIlena Blair ”
10 of 20 | Posted by: A friend

11 of 20 | Posted by: dennis rice - CA

“Jigger snipes To one of the kindest people I've ever known you were loved and you will be missed ”
12 of 20 | Posted by: A friend

“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...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: theresa wright - dhs, CA

“May God bless and keep you Dennis. Rest in peace. ”
14 of 20 | Posted by: John Doran - Irondale, AL

“My heart is sad. I have so many great childhood memories. He will be missed by all. Rest in peace Dennis. ”
15 of 20 | Posted by: Anna Manley Maggard - Pensacola, FL

“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...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Mike Manley - CA - Family Friend

“Rest in peace Dennis ”
17 of 20 | Posted by: Lisa Manley smith - Omaha, NE

“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....Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Rita Manley-Garcia - Twin Falls, ID

“RIP Gods home is the best home ever. Sorry for the families loss. Praying. ”
19 of 20 | Posted by: Theresa Donaldson - Palmdale, CA

“I miss you Dennis and love you very much ”
20 of 20 | Posted by: Angie - Stepdaughter

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.