Obituary: Dennis Kerns (1965-2022)

Dennis Kerns passed away peacefully at home in Martinez at the age of 56 on January 1, 2022.

Dennis was born in San Jose, CA to Michael Kerns and Karen Kruse. He graduated in 1983 from Branham High School in San Jose and attended West Valley College. He met the love of his life, Terrie Blackburn, in High School and they were married in San Jose, CA on May 21, 1988.

Dennis and Terrie lived in San Jose where they welcomed their children, Kathryn and Nathan. In 1999 Dennis switched careers from High-Tech to Real Estate Appraising and in 2005, the family moved to Martinez, CA where Dennis co-owned Apple Appraisal with his brother-in-law, Tony Blackburn.

Dennis spent his free time with his family and friends and enjoyed riding dirt bikes with his son Nathan, talking football with his daughter Kathryn, and fixing things around the home he loved, for his wife Terrie. He was loved for his sense of humor and his ability to fix or solve almost any problem.

He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, son, brother, and friend and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Dennis is preceded in death by his sister Jennifer MacLennan and his stepmother Melanie Kerns.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Terrie Kerns of Martinez, CA, his children Kathryn (Drew), son Nathan, parents Michael Kerns and Karen Kruse, brother Jeff (Marcela), and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a memorial service for friends and family at 3:30 pm on Sunday, January 16th at the Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA.

In lieu of flowers, his family asks that a donation be made in Dennis’ name to the MusiCares foundation.

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