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Phoenix Memorial Park & Mortuary

200 West Beardsley Road, Phoenix, AZ

OBITUARY

Denis Bryan Zeeb

September 23, 1968July 8, 2019
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Denis – Beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, uncle, friend, mentor, leader

Denis was born in Lima, Peru on September 23, 1968 and died in his loving wife’s arms on July 8, 2019 at home. He has been an inspiration to everyone he has met. He could light up a room with his energy and positivity. Denis saw the best in people; he motivated them to be kind and understanding. He had a gift for making people feel special, heard, and understood.

Denis and his family moved around the globe in his younger years with his father’s job in the embassy. When they came back to the states, they lived in Arizona. Once Denis graduated from high school, he moved to New York where his mom lived. This is when he became an avid Jets and Yankees fan and started his career in the food industry. He became a general manager with Sizzlers at the age of 21. He moved back to Arizona in 1998. He joined the Red Robin family in 2003 and never looked back.

In the early 2000’s he met his wife, Pam, while working at Lone Star. They wed on April 27, 2002 in Phoenix. They enjoyed family time with their children Rebecca, Jessica, and Denis, Jr.

He is survived by his wife Pam (Robinson), daughters Rebecca and Jessica, son Denis, Jr., grandson Bradley, mother Cynthia (Artie) Mullon, sisters Dawn Gritz, Candice Zeeb, Lynn (George) Young, brothers Roy (Betty) Zeeb, Michael Zeeb, Mickey Zeeb, Mac Zeeb, Mitchell Zeeb, and Donnie (Tammy) Robinson, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Roy.

“The impact he left in this world was as big as his personality.” He touched the lives of so many through his selflessness and humility. May his legend live on through each of us!

“I’m not done” – Echo my brother!

I’m not done! Hello my handsome brother! Jets this year!

Yankees - World Series baby! Not a maybe! For sure! Uptown funk you up!

Shut it down! Take it EEASY! Hello my beautiful sister!

How you doing? The hub of the team, always checking in! Talk to me!

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 13, 2019

Memories

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Courtnie and Jeremy Crawford

July 15, 2019

How can you even begin to write something that you wish you weren’t. Denis was one of the best people I know. He always was asking Jeremy every time how’s Courtnie how’s the kids and I genuinely knew he meant that. Every time Jeremy talked to him he said it wasn’t always business Denis just wanted to know how he was doing and how things were going which definitely made working for him amazing. Jeremy always strives to do his best because he knew he had Denis is his corner.All the get togethers that we had at Pam and Denis house were always fun and great memories. Often times not doing much but just chatting and hanging out which was the best. Denis made you part of his family and he was part of ours. We love all of you and Denis you will be so terribly missed but definitely never forgotten.

Tracey Dimof

July 13, 2019

Thinking of Denis, Pam, their children and all their loved ones, friends and family alike today. I supported Denis with management recruiting at Red Robin. He was someone whom inspired so many and was such a great leader and mentor. God must need him home for a greater purpose. His job on earth done. I pray for comfort and peace for everyone who loved Denis. Sorry I cant be there today. I am sure there will be tears, many, many tears but a lot of laughs sharing memories too. God bless.

Jacque Kinsey

July 13, 2019

I met Denis at the ripe age of 15! He hired my mom and took a chance on her after she cleaned up her life! His impact on our family is nothing short of amazing! Following suit he asked me to be the Red Robin mascot “RED” as my first job and continued to mold me into the person I am today! So many laugh, tears and ECHO’s shared! Will always be missed but never forgotten! Thank you Denis for taking a chance on me and not only creating a job but a family! ❤️

Areli Rosas

July 13, 2019

19 years ago I met this great man with a huge heart when he worked at Lone Star, there we started our journey and friendship I saw him working at different restaurants like Tony Romas, Black Angus Mesquite River (where I not only had the opportunity to work with him but also with his wife Pam and to meet with their children Rebeca Jesicca and Denis Jr. who were then very small) From there he invited me to come to Red Robin (Happy Valley, Tempe and Goodyear) I appreciate so much that he always thought of me and thank him for letting me be a part of his team because, thanks to that at Red Robin we are a home and a family, full of affection, respect, admiration, complicity, always working as a team ... I have so much history that I would not finish telling it today, just like that we are all a witness that he loved his family very much and the most important thing for him was to keep them together .. I can tell you that from the first day I met him it was always the same, he never changed his character, he was a humble and very transparent person who would light up the room anywhere and everywhere I was very happy and fortunate that we could meet because of the joy he would always transmit. I went through some very difficult moments in my life and he was always there to give me a hug and I knew that after speaking with him it would be better too. I shared a lot of beautiful and happy moments .. I am going to miss you so much my Friend that today I feel very much afraid for what the future holds for me without you and with a lot of sadness because letting you go will be the hardest ! I love you Den. and I will always be here for what your family needs and I promise to do everything you taught me as you told me the stumbles are not mistakes they are experiences that help us to be better. It's not a goodbye but a rather see you later my friend !

Chet & Lyn Chetkauskas

July 12, 2019

Didn't know Denis well but will never forget his faith in our son David, giving him the GM position in Prescott. Denis was a wonderful mentor, knew how to get the most from his protoges and did it with dignity and candor...he pulled no punches! We will always be grateful to him for being fair, honest and forgiving. We know he will be missed by a great number of people. "Some people enter our lives and quietly go while others stay for a while and leave footprints in our hearts and we will never be the same". Goodbye Denis and thank you for all you have done for our family as well as your own. Chet & Lyn Chetkauskas

Sam McDavid

July 12, 2019

Denis,
Words cannot describe the impact you have had on my life.
Professionally, you saw something in me that I didn't know even existed. You pushed me to be the best version of myself as a leader and peer.

But more importantly, you were a friend. Never once did you call me and immediately go into buisness. You always asked about my wife Leita, my 3 boys and my parents first. You were more concerned for my personal well being above anything else.

You truly put others 1st. You made everyone you met feel special and part of your world. These not only qualities of a leader and a friend. These are qualities of a legend. Your legacy will live on through those you touched. I will be forever greatfull for all that you did for me, as well as all the others you obviously impacted.

"When they built you Brother, They broke the mold"
- Springsteen

I love you man
Sam

Jani Palomino-Carmody

July 12, 2019

15 years ago I walked into this restaurant that I had never eaten at and applied for a job as a waitress. Denis Zeeb greeted me the warmest smile, and hired me on the spot. Little did he, or I know how much I needed a community at that time. I quickly became loyal to Denis and the family I came to know at Red Robin.

Denis had such an incredible way of making everyone he met feel welcome, cared about, important, and a part of his community. There wasn't a person he met that didn't admire, respect, and laugh with him. Looking back I can't imagine the burden he carried always putting others first, problem solving for us, and keeping a smile on his face when shit hit the fan.

Denis taught me so much about people, tolerance, patience, empathy, thoughtfulness, and humor above all else. He truly recognized that everyone was fighting their own battles, and everyone deserved an opportunity to improve themselves. He had a magical way of understanding how to always say the right thing, and motivate people to be the best versions of themselves.

It's because of Denis that I, and many others, found lasting lifetime friendships. I'm forever in debt to him for the opportunities he opened for me, and the mentorship and friendship he gave me. He pushed me out of my comfort zone and motivated me to always reach higher and speak up! He taught me to greet everyone with "open arms", be welcoming, approachable, and always do the right thing for others. All while motivating me to speak up and truly living an "open door policy".

Denis, you made everyone around you a better version of themselves. I don't now how you found the time to connect with everyone you met, but I feel truly grateful to have known you and shared so many incredible experiences and memories with you.

Jennifer Avena

July 12, 2019

To this day I still remember the day I met Denis. My friend had asked me to go with her to apply for a job at the new happy valley location , I had no intentions in having a job and was there for support , Denis pulled me aside , while my friend was interviewing and with a big smile told me I know you are not applying but your hired, I want you on my team. I was speechless , I had landed my first job without interviewing . It was such a blessing , he quickly became someone I looked up to , my mentor, and my friend. He knew exactly how to bring people together and for that I’m beyond grateful for all the amazing friendships I made while working at Red Robin because of him . Even after I left and got a new job he reached out to see how I was doing and once again asked if I could work part time and help him open the Red Robin in Tempe, and of course I said yes . It was impossible to say no to him . I will miss you Den ! You were one of a kind.

Benjamin Nelson

July 12, 2019

We lived together during high school. Just young kids trying to figure life out. To pay the rent we worked at Sizzler busing tables/cooking after school. We had friendly competitions to see who could carry the heaviest bus tubs. He brought joy to the dirty job of busing tables. We played other Sizzler's in broom hockey at the ice rink. My wife and I visited his steak house on the west side when he tried on his own. One conversation I was stressing about being laid off. He told me, "Ben, you are resilient, you will find work, you are resilient." His words resonated in my soul so much I continue to use them today when stressed or anxious. Zeeb gave great medicine. His joy was contagious. Good bye old friend, until we meet again. Pride'em UP Zeeb pride'em UP!

Jenn Dunseath

July 11, 2019

I worked at Happy Valley Red Robin for almost 12 years, and in that 12 years I’ve seen a lot of management come through those doors. Denis opened HV in 2007, he set the standard of how a manager should be. He was welcoming, he was kind, he was genuine, he was intelligent, and he loved his job. He invested in our lives, whether it was business or personal. I could cry, I could laugh, I could yell and he ALWAYS heard me. I remember running into the parking lot and giving him the biggest bear hugs. I remember going to Tempe RR every Monday when he transferred stores just to visit him. We had our first legal alcoholic drink at Tempe RR because we wanted to celebrate with Den. He was a good vibe. He was a good person and you couldn’t help but want to be around him. Truly a light in this life. I’ll miss you always Den.

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