In Memory

Dennis Shepard

Dennis Shepard

Dennis Allen Shepard

September 25, 1952  ~  March 17, 2018

Dennis was a 1970 graduate of West High School in Bakersfield California, after graduation he attended Bakersfield College an Cal Poly-Pomona. He worked in electronics in various fields including tv repair and medical electronic design & maintenance.

He left Bakersfield in 1976 and moved to Houston, Texas until 1988. He received a patent application on a military testing process in 1977 while working for Independent Testing Laboratories. He went on to work at Dow Chemical-R & D  for 3 years as well as the U.S. Dept of Energy's-Stragetic Petroleum Reserve for 7 years.

He became a pioneer in automation, control systems engineering & PLC's. He worked in the field for nearly 30 years for multiple engineering across the USA & 14 countries globally. He had written & published six articles in Nuts & Bolts magazine.

In his spiritual life he was blessed with a music ministry for the past 10 years. He has written and recorded 24 Christian songs on CD and given away thousands of copies. He also preformed at several concerts, to date his ministry has taken these songs to four other contintents outside the U.S.

Dennis leaves behind three children Michele, Jacob and Aaron Shepard

Private services were held at Greenlawn Southwest Cemetery on March 21, 2018


Source: Bakersfield Californian, Greenlawn Mortuary & 1970 Reunion Class Records


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04/06/18 10:12 PM #1    

Ann Wheeler (Linnekens)

To the Shepard family, so sorry for your loss.  What a remarkable life Dennis had.


04/07/18 10:13 AM #2    

Les Hershberger

Dennis & I hung out & took Electronic classes together, my 1st year at BC.    RIP my Ol’ friend.



04/09/18 02:18 AM #3    

Mark Parker

I echo the expressions of Ann Wheeler.  What an accomplished life by Dennis.  Our headstone has  a birthdate, and a death date separated by a dash. The dash is the most important part as it represents our life and what we did with it.  Dennis led a  very accomplished life and appears to have punched his ticket to heaven.


We are all a family of West High.  Sad week for the passing of Dennis and Debbie Maples.  Both set great examples for the rest of us.

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