Dwayne was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on April 27, 1952, third child of Grace and Gerald DeVries. Raised in Dorr, Michigan, he attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids for two years before heading out to grand adventures. He fell in love with the West Coast living in Eugene, OR. for a time before landing in Santa Barbara,which he truly identified as home. He was passionate about friends, laughter, golf, yoga, travel, sustainable living and healthy environment and making the world a better place.
Very much the entrepreneur, having successfully built and sold several businesses in building inspections and related environmental assessments and remediation, he had a reputation for thoroughness and integrity and was highly-sought and respected as a legal “expert witness” in his field.
In September, toward the end of an extended road trip, he became ill and shortly after returning to S.B was diagnosed with stage 4 of an aggressive rare form of thyroid cancer. He died on October 18 surrounded by loving friends.
He is survived by his son, Cameron DeVries and Cameron’s mother, Cathy Montandon. Also his 3 siblings, Theresa DeVries and her husband, George Flink. Walt DeVries and his wife, Cora, and Joyce DeVries and her husband, Dave Noonan. He is lovingly remembered by nieces and nephews as well as great great nieces and nephews and a multitude of friends.
A celebration of his life will be held at 1:00, November 11 at Skofield Park.