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From Dennis McKenzie

I was contacted by Dwight’s wife Renate yesterday about Dwight’s passing. He died Thurs evening the 24th after a long fight with heart attacks and finally heart failure. Renate, his wife of 63 years was at his side when he passed. Dwight was 84 years old. He had worked at SJPD for over 20 years and retired to become a history professor at San Jose State. He wrote something like (10) military novels, almost all of which can be purchased on Amazon. He was considered an expert on WWI and WWII.

Dwight was extremely proud of his son Dale who now lives in Loomis but retired as a sergeant after working 29 years at Mountain View Police Dept and before that as a Santa Clara Co. Deputy Sheriff for almost two years. Dale was decorated for valor several times one was for a running gun battle in his police car with robbers shooting out their own back window with Glocks and a bullet went through his own windshield and into the car computer narrowly missing him and a trainee while another officer was shot in the cheek at the start of the chase. Dale kept up the pursuit till they caught the bad guys in East Palo Alto.

Dwight is survived by his wife, his only child Dale, two grandchildren and one great grandchild. At Dwight’s request there will  be no celebration of life. He wished to be cremated and his ashes spread at sea. As many of you know Dwight was an avid sailor and he and Renate loved spending time on their sailboat in the Bay. He will be returning to the ocean that he so loved.

In lieu of flowers, you can send a card to Renate at: 1909 Edinburgh, Roseville, Ca. 95661 or email  her at: <>

Dennis McKenzie


  1. Dwight was a colleague of mine at San Jose State University in the 1990s. We shared an office, had many of the same professional interests, and were very good friends. We retired about the same time and communicated regularly, primarily by email. We became even better friends and even more in tune with each other’s professional interests. That included a friendly “competition”: who could write the most books. In the end he won. The 15 that he wrote were masterpieces of historical scholarship. We were in touch almost to the end; our last email exchange was the day before he died. He was a great scholar, an even greater friend, and will be missed very much.

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