HERMISTON — Dr. Dennis Compton Turner, a member of Our Lady of Angels Parish here, died Sept. 5 of cancer. He was 70. Mr. Turner was born Aug. 30, 1941, in Portland. He was raised in Portland, where he graduated from Madison High School. He attended the University of Oregon, receiving a bachelor's degree in biology and a doctor of dental medicine, graduating second in his dental school class.
He served in the Navy Dental Corps from 1966 to 1969 before attending the University of Washington Dental School where he received an M.S.D. in Orthodontics. In 1971, Dr. Turner began practicing as an orthodontist in La Grande, ultimately opening offices in Hermiston, Pendleton, Enterprise and Baker City. He married Brenda Houk Kincaid in 1993. He was an active part of his community and participated in several civic organizations, coached kids' sports and was active in the Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church where he facilitated a bible study course. In 2010, Dr. Turner was recognized by the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce as the Businessman of the Year.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda; children, Marcus Turner, Austin, Texas; Brad Kincaid, Portland; Joseph Kincaid, Woodburn; Jordan Turner, Hermiston; and Jill Jones, Eugene; siblings, Gary Turner, Hermiston; Donna Sargent, Spokane, Wash.; and Cheryl Davy, Tillamook; and five grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Angels Church in Hermiston. Memorial contributions may be made to Advantage Smiles for Kids, a foundation which provides orthodontic care for disadvantaged children: www.AdvantageSmilesforKids.org.