Dennis Estes Obituary, Death – Dennis Ernest Schultz was born May 5,1962 to William C. Schultz and Elisabeth Bartz Schultz at Hahn Airforce base in Germany. His parents then moved to Redwood City and then Belmont, California where Dennis grew up. Dennis and his family traveled to Germany many times to visit his Oma & Opa. He learned to speak German fluently and made friends with some of the local children, emaining in contact with them over the years.
Dennis graduated in 1981 from Carlmont High School. He then enrolled in the Marines. He finished bootcamp in San Diego and attended aviation tech school in Memphis, Tennessee. After completing his reserve duties in the Marines, he enrolled in San Mateo Junior College. He then attended California State University, Sacramento where he received a BS in Business Marketing.
Dennis entered the shoe industry becoming a quite talented “shoe dog”. He spoke with fond memories of his time at Nordstroms. He started in the men’s shoe section at Nordstrom Valley Fair. There he was awarded the shoe buyer position at the #1 volume department in the entire company at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. He was then recruited by Payless Shoe Source and moved to Lawrence, Kansas as a national shoe buyer which entailed travel to Europe and Asia.
While in Kansas he joined the mountan biking club and enjoyed the extensive Jazz scene. In 1997 he moved to Estes Park, Colorado where his father had grown up. He purchased his grandparent’s (Ed & Sara Schultz) cabin business located on Virginia Drive. While running the full time rental business he also worked for Dillards as a regional sales manager and trainer covering Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona. During this time he met his future wife, Kasey Webermeier. He left Dillards to work full time in Estes Park for Nature Lover’s furniture store. He was then hired to work in Kasey’s family business – National Park Village South, owned by Kasey’s mother Patricia Webermeier, Kasey, and her brother Scott. Dennis held management positions at the Country Super Market and the Other Side Restaurant until 2005.
Kasey and Dennis spent time dancing, hiking, and barbecuing with family and friends. He then gave her a season ski pass for Summit area as an “investment in their future”. They vacationed on Maui several times and fell in love with the Hawaiian Islands. On September 29, 2001 Kasey and Dennis were married and planned to move to Hawaii within several years. 1 year later, to their surprise Kasey became pregnant with their son Anton William Schultz who was born April 16, 2003. After several trips to Weissenthurm Germany to visit Anton’s Great Grandmother – (Oma). Dennis decided it was time to move the family from Estes Park to Kailua Kona, Hawaii (The Big Island). Dennis worked in garage door sales, furniture sales, and the health food industry before settling into the moving industry as a moving & storage supervisor with Kona Trans. While there, he made some great friends and earned many different certifications for the industry. In 2014 he was hired by Royal Hawaiian Movers on Oahu as the Vice President of Household moves.
there he earned many industry certification including Registered International Mover. His duties grew to include all military moves on and off the island of Oahu. He ran the largest division of Royal Hawaiian Movers with over 120 employees under his supervision. Once again Dennis made many dear friends in the industry before he left in 2020. He and his family then moved back to their house on the Big Island. Dennis’s early life passions included mountain biking and fishing, cooking and always music. He was always interested in current events and anything related to space exploration. Later in Hawaii, he bought a dive boat and enjoyed deep see fishing.
He and wife Kasey earned their dive certifications. While living In Estes Park he was a member of the Dive Rescue Team, trained in high altitude, zero visibility, dry suit & ice diving. He was also certified in rapid water rescue. His greatest joy was sharing music with his son Anton. He bought Anton his first guitar when he was 6 years old. He then bought him a Fender when he was 11 and a Les Paul when his was 14. Dennis was the driving force behind 8 years of guitar lessons for Anton, often hiding in the wings to listen.