Dennis Cummings fought a courageous and gallant battle against the cancer that took his life on May 13, 2011.

A memorial service will be held this Friday, May 20, at 1:30 p.m. at Casas Church, 10801 N. La Cholla Blvd. in Oro Valley.

Cummings was born on Sept. 10, 1946, in Bellingham, Wash. He graduated from Bellingham High School and Central Washington University. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, including 14 months in Vietnam. He was a very proud veteran and American.

Prior to his moving to Arizona, Cummings was a founding board member of Kittitas Valley Bank in Ellensburg, Wash., in the early 1990s. He was the owner/operator of Berry’s Department Store there for 29 years.

Cummings was a mountain of a man, and everyone he touched loved his humor, his compassion and his love of people. He never met a stranger and could network a room better than anyone.

He touched thousands of people in a positive way, not only in Oro Valley, Marana and Tucson, but wherever he and his wife, Linda, traveled. It was his vision that launched Canyon Community Bank in Oro Valley in 2000, and from there he was an integral part of the team that grew the bank to four locations. Cummings started the Canyon Community Charities’ Golf Tournament and was instrumental in raising more than $400,000 for local Tucson charities.

In addition, he served on the boards of Canyon Community Bank and Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce, and was involved in numerous other organizations in Tucson, Ellensburg and Bellingham. He was awarded the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award Community Leader of the Year in 2009. He was a mentor, a friend and a raving fan to many businesspeople in Tucson.

Dennis and Linda traveled throughout the United States and Alaska in their Motor Coach and saw places and people that most only dream of. He loved to golf and was an avid woodcrafter.

He has left his legacy in his two sons, their beautiful wives and the precious grandchildren who he loved so much.

In lieu of flowers, an option for donations would be the Canyon Community Charities, Inc., which can be dropped off at any of the four Canyon Community Bank locations. For information, call 529-5500 or mail donations to: Canyon Community Charities, 7981 N. Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ  85704.

Editor’s Note: Information provided by Canyon Community Bank.

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