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In Loving Memory of Dennis Catanyag

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On January 14, 2021 Dennis was fatally wounded while performing duties protecting and serving his community as a health inspector for Sacramento County. He leaves behind his wife Shelley and daughter Lauryn who need your prayers and support during this very difficult time.

Dennis was a loving father, husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend. His sudden and untimely passing has been a tremendous shock to all of us. He truly enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, including them in his love of playing tennis, poker, and running marathons and relays. Having no formal training other than sheer determination, he was a jack of all trades, making cakes/cake pops for special occasions to woodsmithing the Price of Right Plinko game for a White Elephant challenge. His laughter and smile was infectious, befriending all he came into contact with. 

Shelley and her daughter deserve to be wrapped in our community’s love in their darkest moment and my hope is we will create a balloon of financial support that will carry them through what’s to come—a life without her incredible husband, Dennis.

Shelley and Dennis devoted their lives to holding the hearts of others, and it’s time for us to hold theirs. Please join me in contributing to this campaign so that Shelley can remove financial worries from the list of things she will face in this next year. And if we are generous to an extent I can only hope for, let us also provide for her daughter’s future. We are her community and it’s our turn to show up for her. Dennis would be grateful and proud.

Alternative donation options can be made by check (please contact John below for additional details)

We are incredibly grateful for everyone's love and support of Dennis and his family. Please continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers. We would appreciate it if you would share this with your community.

An online memorial site dedicated to Dennis can be found at:


  • Anonymous
    • $400 
    • 3 yrs
  • Code Enforcement Officer Safety Foundation
    • $500 
    • 3 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $100 
    • 3 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $30 
    • 3 yrs
  • Emily Kalvass
    • $100 
    • 3 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

John Lai
Sacramento, CA
Shelley Catanyag

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