Dennis H. Zoet
1944 - 2020
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March 6, 1944 ˜ June 12, 2020

Dennis Zoet, 76, passed away on June 12, 2020, from Parkinson’s disease complications. He was the son of Harvey Zoet, Spokane, and Lucille Zoet, Vancouver.
Denny was a 1962 graduate of Hudson’s Bay High School, after which he attended Western Washington University and St. Thomas Seminary, where he was ordained a priest in the Catholic Church in 1973.
He served as Associate Pastor at four Washington catholic churches: Holy Trinity in Bremerton, Christ the King in Seattle, Our Lady of Lourdes in Vancouver and Assumption in Bellingham. Denny also served as pastor at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Battle Ground.
Denny resumed his education and received his Masters of Social Work at Portland State University in 1988, becoming a Social Worker for Washington State where he was an advocate for children’s welfare for many years. He also served both children and families through many aspects of private counseling and therapy during his career. He retired in 2008.
Denny enjoyed travel. He was a proud Harley Davidson owner and was an avid handball player. Special activities included mountain climbing where he led many groups up northwestern mountains and climbed mountains himself in the U.S., Europe, and South America. He was passionate about serving his community, both participating in and leading many social groups. He was active in many professional and volunteer activities, and had his own private clinical practice. His sincerity and compassion for others was trademark, blessing him with numerous close friends throughout his life.
Denny is survived by his siblings, Jack (Sharon) Rakoz and Cheryl (Jim) Russell; seven nieces and nephews; as well as nine great-nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; and brother, Ed (Dorette) Rakoz.
A private graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 27, at 10:30 a.m. at Park Hill Cemetery in Vancouver. A Mass in his memory will be held once pandemic restrictions have been lifted.
In lieu of flowers, consider donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, or the charity of your choice.
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Published in The Columbian on Jun. 21, 2020.
Graveside service
10:30 AM
Park Hill Cemetery
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13 entries
July 5, 2020
ur 1st baby daughter was baptized by you. May God continue to be with you and your family and friends.
Kathryn and Jerry Thompson
July 5, 2020
Dennis has been a wonderful, caring friend for over 55 years whether in church, on the ski slopes, climbing on Mount Rainier or just sitting and visiting. What a sincere, wise and dedicated counsellor in his DSHS work. Eternal happiness with our loving Lord.
Michael & Maryann
Michael & Maryann OBrien
June 29, 2020
Thank you for sharing your story with me!
Marsha Hopstad Ware
June 28, 2020
Thank you Denny for sharing your story with me
Marsha Hopstad Ware
June 28, 2020
My husband and I were surprised to receive an invitation to attend Denny's ordination which we were able to do. Later we attended Mass at Sacred Heart, Battle Ground where Denny was pastor.
Wonderful memories - Betsy Aylmer Zimmerman
Betsy Aylmer Zimmerman
June 25, 2020
I worked with Denny at DSHS. He was fun to be around, but also very thoughtful. We had some great conversations! Pictures of his retirement party (cake had motorcycle on it).
Susan Lassman
June 24, 2020
Fond memories of my dear cousin Dennis. Such a kind loving person. One memory is from 1962. My Dad Arnold and his Dad Harvey took Dennis and I to Multnomah Stadium to see the LA Rams play the Green Bay Packers football teams. Fun day! Another memory was when Dennis gave me a tour of the seminary he was attending.
His cousin Carol Zoet
Carol Zoet
June 24, 2020
Such a wonderful person. We had many fun games on the handball courts--always chuckled at his "Not So Buff" handball shirt! We'll miss you Dennis--he's probably playing a "tiebreaker" with St. Peter right now! Blessings to you & all you touched......
Gary Garth
June 22, 2020
Dennis was a wonderful, kind cousin I looked up to and admired. Loving memories! Jean Zoet
Jean Zoet
June 21, 2020
To the family of Denny Zoet our deepest condolences for your loss...
Good friend ..great man. May he Rest In Peace.
Gordon and Sheryl Malella
Underwood Wa
Gordon &Sheryl Malella
June 21, 2020
Dennis was such a nice person. He will be greatly missed. Today is our 40th wedding anniversary and he was the priest that married us at Our Lady of Lourdes. He will be surely missed.
Debbie Newcomer
June 21, 2020
I am so sorry to hear about Dennis' passing. I knew him through work at DSHS and then I got to know him as a friend when I moved into his neighborhood. He was a very sweet person and will be missed. My condolences to his family in this sad time.
Sandy Edmonson
June 21, 2020
I knew Denny in high school where he was an outstanding student, athlete and leader plus he was just an all around nice guy. I got to see him again at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish where he always provided inspirational sermons. Denny is someone who without a doubt positively impacted many peoples lives. So sorry to hear about his passing. John Lane, Mukilteo
John Lane
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