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Dennis Russell Koci

April 27, 1947January 28, 2020

Dennis Russell Koci was born on April 27, 1947 and passed away on January 28, 2020.


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Dennis Russell Koci

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Alloen Koca

February 23, 2020

Another day I think of him and it seems everyday. Always wondering why I do not hear from him as he did from time to time.
Stocks, joke or what ever !

Bob Balaban

February 21, 2020

I call him Denny. My sweet sweet Denny. I'll miss our brunches at Moonshadows and the wily way you lull me to sleep. God speed my prince.

David Ramoss

February 21, 2020

I been knowing Mr. Koci, for 20 years, and 10 out of those we worked together as he was part of our board, it was nice to know that when we needed something to get done, we could count on him to get it done and one of the many things that i will miss, is that he was never late to any meetings that we had, after knowing how he was, i made it a competition to show up before he did, I always lost, LA traffic (mind you i'm the security guard where he lives) we laughed for a bit before we started our meeting.

Whatever You Need:

Whatever you need,
Whatever i can do.
I want you to know that I'm here for you
If you just want to talk or need a shoulder to cry on,
I want you to know that i'm here for you to reply on.
However you feel
You Definitely are not alone.
I'm only as far away
As the nearest phone.

Sterling Munce

February 11, 2020

Even though I only knew Dennis since 2019 he made a wonderful impact on my life. He was warm, kind and considerate. And even took the time to write me a long email expressing his gratitude for work that I had done for him and offered to help me with other ventures of mine.

Just before Christmas 2019, I got to spend some time with him and learn about his history with Hyatt Hotels as well as his mother, lovingly collecting his business cards over a 30-plus year time in his rise in management is a Hyatt Hotel and creating a framed picture with those dozen plus cards from around the world.

It was fun spending some time with him and helping him with some little projects around the house and sharing coffee together. I was really looking forward to having a long wonderful relationship with him, and I'm so sorry for the loss that we are all feeling. He will be greatly missed.

Mai Do

February 10, 2020

Dennis was bigger than life to me.
I've known him for 29 years, since December 21, 1991. All those years I was working and living in Venice, CA.
After he retired from Hilton. He would travel out from Bel Air, and come to out to my neighborhood, and we have breakfast every Friday morning.
In 2011, I came to him about a house in Vegas, that the bank have accepted my offer. If he can cosign, or figured something out to help me to secured it, so I can quit my job, established new residency in new State, and square everything out afterwards. With 200K mortgage, by my calculations, it would be half of my pension, if I can take an early out, because my corporation was downsizing.
I told him, it truly was an opportunity of the lifetime for me.
He cashed out the whole amount on his Reduced world recession stock market of our time, to get the house on my name. Which allowed me to quit my job, retired, eat, sleep and play at 49 years old.
Because of him, I now have a very different life than before, that is my dream life.
He even help me with my big move to Vegas. I want to take an opportunity to thank Erie, helping Dennis with the task. Doesn't matter the distance, long hours, or how traffic was, Erie was right behind the Uhall truck Dennis was driving. I knew than, I was happy for Dennis, Erie was a Keeper.
He was that Man to me. Always come through for things that was important to me.
I'm sure he was that wonderful person, lover, brother, uncle and friends to all who have known him, love him and is shocked at the loss of him. I share and offer my condolences.
He was my past, my silence partner in my life journey, and I thought, I was to have him in all my future. Or at least, through 2020.
I will miss Dennis very much, and for a long time.

AL Koca

February 10, 2020

Ole Dennis our Great friend.

Gee and I was planning on going there to CA.

So Sorry!

Allen Koca "AlL"

February 10, 2020

MY good friend and best friend of George Koca.

VERY Missed and we worry about Erie. Gee Wizz!

Chuck Palka

February 8, 2020

Any time I talked or spent some time with cousin Dennis I had a enjoyable time with great conversation. We exchanged emails often and I last spoke with him upon my mothers passing this past November. I spent several days with him in June of '18. He picked me up at the airport in his 1971 Monte Carlo. We along with Eri had such a wonderful time. We saw the Angels play in Anaheim, visited the Reagan Library and went to the NHRA Museum in Pomona and so many more things. We even visited a film site of a Three Stooges short.(My Idea) We had some great meals at home and in some fun restaurants. He was the ultimate host and a great guy. I had such a relaxing time at his home. Feeding the turtle and coy in the pond. Taking the dogs for walks. Yuki took a liking to me and slept on the floor next to my bed. Dennis I will sorely miss you. The photo is from that trip when we went to Venice Beach and had a great lunch steps from the sand. My sincere heartfelt condolences to Wayne and his family and to Eri. So sad.

Alison Lovett

February 8, 2020

Lovett Wedding 2010
Love and prayers
Matthew & Alison Lovett