Dennis H. “Denny” Baye, 70, passed away on August 18, 2021. He was born July 17, 1951, to Bernard and Connie (Kelley) Baye. Dennis graduated from West High School Class of 1969. On August 22, 1992, he married Barbara Jean Durbin. True life companions, they took joy in the simple things, and more importantly, helped each other hear Jesus calling.
Dennis was an award-winning professional landscaper and designer with a career which spanned 40 plus years. At the end of his landscape years, he was proud to have maintained many of his original customers. Going to work was a pleasure for him as a nature lover and environmentalist.
Dennis also had a passion for stock car racing and later IMCA modifieds. This passion started in the 1950’s at the De Pere Fairgrounds and continued until his death. Dennis was involved with many race teams statewide and personally owned cars in the late 60’s and early 70’s. The modifieds were his favorite and Dennis did everything he could to educate himself about these racecars. He loved the sport and the racing community and had a blast before, during and after the races with all of them.
Dennis viewed life through a very honest lens with a flair for adventure. That combination made for a lot of interesting stories, which he loved to tell. They always boiled down to the truth, nature and being on the proper side of good. He was fascinated by Mother Nature and Human Nature.
Dennis loved his family and friends. In fighting 3 bouts of cancer, they were always there for him. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Barb Durbin-Baye; his mother, Connie Baye; his daughter, Francene (Scott) St. Michael; a grandson Darian and a granddaughter, Grace; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Bernie and Karen, Pat and Tina, and Jim Baye; a brother-in-law, Roy Smits; nieces and nephews.
Special people who left this life before him include Bernard Baye, Joan Smits and Barbara Ann.
During these last years, Dennis found sanctuary at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, his peaceful place. He will be laid to rest in Allouez Catholic Cemetery without public ceremony.