Hampton, Dennis Harry
Longtime Mammoth Lakes resident Dennis Harry Hampton left his life on Oct. 30, 2006. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family and the people of Mammoth Lakes. Dennis was an outstanding skier in his younger years. He did stunt skiing for several movies and was a helicopter-ski guide. He continued working in the ski industry for many years.
Dennis was the only son and first born to Wade and Elizabeth (Betty) Hampton on April 17, 1951 in Glendale, California. The family moved to Norden, Calif. when Dennis was age 2. He acquired his love of the outdoors and the mountains from his father while living at Norden. His love of skiing was acquired from life at Norden where the kids lived and played on the ski slopes whenever they weren’t in school.
The family moved to Sparks, Nev. when Dennis was 15. He attended and graduated from Sparks High School in 1969.
Dennis went to Mammoth to ski in late 1969 and never left. He found his home here with his love for skiing and the outdoors and the people of Mammoth who became his extended family.
Dennis’s father Wade passed away in 1992 and his mother Elizabeth in 1964. He is survived by his sister Bonnie Hampton Butler and his two nieces Kacie (Chad) Schwin and Amy Butler, his youngest sister Linda Hampton, his Uncle Larry Squires, and two cousins Paul Squires and Gayle Wagnon-Hayes. Dennis was about to become a proud great uncle in January.
A celebration of his life was held Nov. 5 in Mammoth. A memorial fund has been established at Eastern Sierra Bank in Mammoth Lakes to benefit his favorite Mammoth charities.