of Little Rock, AR
February 26, 1948 - February 25, 2021
Dennis Lee Welch was born an only child to DeWitt and Betty Welch on February 26, 1948 in Searcy, Arkansas. He grew up in North Little Rock and played baseball until he was a teenager. Then he found the sport he truly loved, golf. He made the golf team in high school and college (UALR) and continued to play all of his life. He was a scholarship student and completed his education at University of Arkansas in Fayetteville Phi Beta Kappa with a Masters in Zoology. After graduation, fate stepped in and he became Regional sales manager for CCP Industries. This meant travel and greater responsibilities.He married the love of his life, Brenda, and started a family in Omaha, Nebraska. The loss of their first child, Lauren, made him value life and love in far greater measure. He was the happiest of dads when Drew and Jennifer were born. They were the sun, the moon, and the stars of his world. He was so proud of them. We used to talk about how he wanted to be remembered and he would say, "that I was a good daddy." But he was more than that. He was outgoing, jovial, and he never met a stranger. He was a talented artist and found satisfaction in creating stunning works of art, many of which he gave to his friends. But his final career as a biology professor at Pulaski Technical College gave him great satisfaction. He felt he was making a real difference in people's lives for the better. His students loved him for his efforts to help them learn. He truly cared about the success of each student.He has struggled with Parkinson's disease these past years, but he never gave up hope that he would make it out to the golf course again. If only to ride in a cart. His labors are over, he is at peace at last. And yes, he was a very good daddy.
I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my prayers . God bless you with His peace.Love,Monica
Dennis and I became great friends in a very short time, he is such a wonderful person and I always enjoyed hearing his stories as much as he loved telling them. I'm forever thankful I had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Welch.
Brenda, I am so very sorry for your loss. I am thankful I was able to meet Dennis. Death is hardest on the living. My thoughts are with you, Drew and Jenny. May you some how find peace during this difficult time. I love you.
I was Dennis' supervisor at UA-PTC where he was talented instructor of Biology. His students loved him as he always had time for them outside class time.For me personally he was more than an employee, he was a friend.He will be greatly missed.
My condolences to your family.
I am so sorry for you loss...my heart is with You my sweet Jenny, Drew and Brenda.
I am so thankful I had the privilege of working with Dennis at UA-PTC. We enjoyed talking about all things Razorbacks, golf and family. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Praying for you during this difficult time .
I'm so sorry for your loss and I'm praying for comfort and peace during this difficult time for your family. --The Seng Family
I played baseball with Dennis at Burns Park when we were kids. We had so much fun “those were the days”. 50 years later I live up the street for him from him and didn’t it for a few years before we reunited. We played some golf and that was even more fun than our baseball days. He loved life, his family and his students! I miss him every time I walk by his house. He was the sweet person we all knew. RIP my friend.
I only got to meet Dennis once but he made a large impression on me that day, and a thousand other days through his son. I was a fan of his storytelling about teaching and sales, but even more impressed and envious of the friendship a Father and Son could have.From our family to yours, please accept our deepest condolences on your loss.
Love Dennis Lee. We miss him so much but have his sweet Brenda, Drew and Jennifer to love. We see him in the faces of his kiddos. “Hole in one”!!! Can hear him now!
I am so sorry for the loss. I am sure he was a great man. Prayers to you and your family.
Brenda, I am so sorry for your loss of your husband. You always spoke so highly of him at our days at AOA. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Kim Pierce
All my love you sweet family. I have never met a sweeter more loving family man. It was an honor of my life to get to know you throughout the years of golf in Arkansas and The First Tee, Arkansas State and all those events. My love to you Brenda, Drew and Jennifer. He is talking golf with Jesus!
Mrs. Brenda, Drew, and Jenny - I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of y'all during this tough time.
Dear Brenda, I am so sorry for the loss of Dennis. Prayers for peace for you and your family as you face life without him. Miss seeing you around the office.
Drew, Jenny and Brenda we were so sorry to hear about your loss of Papa Welch. He was such a kind and loving person, and we enjoyed our times we spent with him. He was loved by our family and we will cherish our memories of him. May God comfort you through this sad time. We will keep you in our prayers. The Poe’s
Oh my dear sweet neighbor!! How I will so miss Dennis- his ever sunny outlook, his big heart, and of course, seeing him with Max, the last of the dogs, his shadow. Drew, Jennie- he loved you so much and spoke of you so often, I feel like I know you nearly as well as I know my own kids ! Brenda, you have been his rock, his love, and I will keep you all in my prayers. All our love, Wendy, Mohammed, Nasreen and Ashraf
Brenda, Jennifer and Drew, we are so sorry for your loss. Dennis was a great neighbor and friend. We enjoyed seeing him outside with the dogs and visiting with him. He will be missed. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.