Dennis and his wife Jane moved to the San Luis Obispo area in 1970 after Dennis completed his Army obligation. While in the Army, Dennis was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam where he served as a Combat Photographer. Following up on his photography experience and college journalism training, Dennis and Jane opened Jim’s Campus Camera on Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo which they operated for 43 years.
During that time, Dennis and Jane were both very involved in the community and both served on numerous non-profit boards. Dennis also served as an elected Commissioner on the Port San Luis Harbor District for 14 years. During that time, Dennis became aware of the Point San Luis Lighthouse which had recently been deactivated by the United States Coast Guard.
With the concurrence of the Harbor Board, Dennis began an intensive process to gain local control and finally local ownership of the Lighthouse Reservation. With the help of our District’s congressional delegation, his efforts were successful, and Dennis then helped create the Point San Luis Lighthouse Keepers, a non-profit organization which operates the Lighthouse to this day. Dennis and Jane have both had great interest in music and Dennis served on the Board of the San Luis Obispo Symphony as President. Jane served several terms as President of the Symphony Guild, a community support group for the Symphony.
Dennis and Jane are both retired and live on acreage near Santa Margarita, Ca. They have one daughter, Heather who lives in the bay area and is an executive with GAP corporate. Dennis continues his community involvement by serving as President of Vocal Arts, and also serves on the board and volunteers time at the Estrella Warbird Museum in Paso Robles. Dennis is also a Director of the 25th Infantry Association which provides civilian support to his former Army Division.