Dennis Brian Koi, age 54 of Galveston passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at his residence in Galveston. Funeral services will be 10:00am Saturday, March 30, 2007 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home, Reverend Arnold Morton officiating. Burial will follow at Forest ParkEastCemetery in Webster. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home from 5:00pm until 8:00pm on Friday.
Dennis was born August 22, 1952 in Houston, Texas to Joseph B. Koi and Ethel Erma Honer Koi. He graduated from RossSterlingHigh School class of 1970 and the University of Houston class of 1977 with a Bachelors degree in Marine Biology. He was the Information Technology Specialist for the NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service with over 28 years of service before his retirement. Dennis was a very active person and he and his wife were members of the Bay Area Whip Dance Club and were instructors in Whip and Lindy Hop. He was also a Jujitsu Instructor in – Chi Su Te, studying under Master Gary Jones. Dennis loved to travel with his wife in the RV, loved music and was a great photographer. He was an environmentalist at heart and belonged to the Sierra Club, the National Parks and Wildlife, The Wilderness Society, Houston Swing Dance, and National Resources Defense Council. He was also a U of H Alumni Association Member.
Survivors include his wife Lavenia LaGrone-Koi of Galveston; Christopher Mirakian, who he loved as a son, his wife Patricia and their son, Christopher, Jr. all of San Antonio, Texas brother, Gerald B. Koi and wife Karen of Lake Mary, Florida; niece, Kimberly N. Koi of Orlando, Florida; and a nephew, Jason B. Koi of Miami Beach, Florida.
Pallbearers are Christopher Mirakian, Sr., Charles McGill, Tim Baumer, Russell LaGrone, Jason Koi, and Omar Guerra. Honorary pallbearers are Victor Joe, Mike Wilson, Brady Riddle, Floyd Whiddon, Jim Nance, and Dennis Emillianie.
The family would like to thank Carlene and Glenn Wallace for organizing and contributing toward the 2006 benefit to establish the Dennis B. Koi Cancer Research Fund and also many thanks to Dr. Victor Levin and his team at M.D.AndersonHospital for their wonderful care.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the Dennis B. Koi Cancer Research Fund, C/O UTMB 301 University Blvd. Galveston, Texas 77555.