ForeverMissed

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Dennis Motta who was born on January 26, 1948 and passed away on July 24, 2010. We will remember him forever.

 

Memorial Services will be held on Friday August 6th at 2:00pm at...

Vista Del Mar Family Services - Services will be held in the Temple

3200 Motor Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034-3740

 

For Directions go to www.lafuneral.com

 

To read the Daily Breeze obituary click on "His Life"

 

Posted by Diane Motta-Stevenson on July 24, 2021
Den, I miss you so much. I've been struggling for many years with my health and I could really talk with you right now. You always gave me that unconditional love that we didn't really have growing up. I was 11 years old when you left our home but we always spoke and were just so close. You were my rock in so many ways. I know you always said I was the one who kept the family together and was so caring but you were the "Gentle Giant". I remember at your service your coworkers shared that title for you and I totally agree with them all. Your humor, loving touch, wisdom, sensitivity, there's just so much I miss. Love you and miss you terribly.
Posted by Diane Motta-Stevenson on January 26, 2021
Happy Birthday Den,
I just spoke with Ma on the phone. She remembered that today was your birthday but she thought you would be 72 instead of 73. She's got moderate to severe dementia now but her health is very good at 94. I try to bring up older memories and she remembers those well. What she ate 20 minutes before she has no recollection of. I miss talking with you Den. There's so much I'd like to share. We had a special bond that was priceless. Miss and love you. Until we meet again.
Posted by Diane Motta-Stevenson on July 24, 2020
Missing you always Den. Yesterday I had to put my beloved greyhound to sleep and I so wish you were here to talk to. She was an angel. We both loved dogs so much as they gave us so much unconditional love.
I remember this day so well even though it was 10 yrs. ago. It was one of the hardest days of my entire life. I love you my awesome brother. Until we meet again.
Posted by Diane Motta-Stevenson on January 26, 2020
Happy Birthday Den,
That other message must've been posted by Frank on my email right before this one?? Anyway, I've been away this weekend at a conference and just got back home. I thought of you first thing this morning when I woke up and said happy birthday to you. So many times I think of you with a smile of the memories that we've shared together. I know you're at peace but I miss you a whole lot. Until I see you again. love you my big brother
Posted by Diane Motta-Stevenson on January 26, 2020
Happy Birthday Dennis. Still missing you my friend
Posted by Diane Motta-Stevenson on July 24, 2019
Hi Den,
I was looking at some of the pictures in the gallery today and loving that we had so many wonderful memories together. Yes, they made me cry but I'm so glad I had you in my life. I'm so grateful for all those memories. Frank & I are going to Gloucester in a couple of weeks and I'll be sure to eat some fried clams and be thinking of you! I love and miss you daily.
Posted by Diane Motta-Stevenson on January 26, 2019
Happy Birthday Den,
We always talked on each other's birthdays and today I woke up wishing you a happy birthday in heaven. I wanted to tell you that I flew out to CA about a month ago to visit with Mitch, Wendy and her family. I also visited with Kim. It was so awesome to see everyone again. Mitch, Wendy, Gavin and I walked around your neighborhood to see the beautiful Christmas light display again which we all loved so much. I missed you being there but I could feel your presence. I love and miss you still so very much. Your loving sister Diane
Posted by Diane Motta-Stevenson on July 24, 2018
Den, I miss and think of you all the time. I was just talking with Mitch. He's doing good. We were just reminiscing about old times. We both miss you terribly. I told him I'm wearing Big Papi's tee shirt for you today. The Red Sox are in 1st place and doing great. You'd be so happy! They've got the best record in baseball this year! Had to share that with you. Mitch and I took after you and we both love baseball as much as you did! GOD Bless. Love Di
Posted by Diane Motta-Stevenson on January 26, 2018
Happy 70th Birthday Den. I'm really missing you lately Den. I've been crying a lot this morning. Ma's developed health issues now and it's hard not having you to talk with. I just miss everything about you. I know your out of pain, smiling and comfortable which gives me comfort. I love you.
Posted by Diane Motta-Stevenson on July 24, 2017
Den, I think about you all the time. I miss our long talks on the phone. Our silliness together. Miss you! Love you so much!
Posted by Diane Motta-Stevenson on January 26, 2017
Happy Birthday Den! I love wishing you a happy birthday and we always spoke with each other on our birthdays each year on the phone. You left for the Navy when I was 11 yrs. old. We were always so close. It's so hard not having you here in the flesh to talk with. I still speak with you but I miss you dearly. Life isn't the same without you. I still feel like I've got an arm missing. I love you and miss you so much. Your loving sister.
Posted by Diane Motta-Stevenson on July 24, 2016
You are dearly remembered Dennis. We speak about you many times throughout the year and the fact that there is never a bad word to be said of you is a great tribute to the man that you were. I know you must be enjoying your reward now for being that person.

Frank
Posted by Diane Motta-Stevenson on July 24, 2016
Den, I just can't believe it's been 6 years today that I said good bye to my big brother. It still breaks my heart. I miss you so much. Mitch came to visit Frank & I for a few days last week and it was awesome spending time with him again. You would be so proud of him. I love and miss you every day! May you be resting in peace now.
Posted by Mitch Motta on February 15, 2016
Love you Dad! Miss you so so much
Posted by Diane Motta-Stevenson on January 26, 2016
Happy Birthday my beloved Dennis. You know you taught me so much about playing baseball. Every time you'd come home on leave from the Navy you would play catch with me. Throw me balls so I'd get better at hitting. You were an awesome big brother. To this day on our front brick wall at our house I have displayed boy & girl statues playing catch with each other. I'll never take them down. They represent you & I and our many hours of playing baseball together. I miss you Den so much. I love you.
Posted by Wendy Barry on July 24, 2015
Missing you!! We love you!!
Posted by Diane Motta-Stevenson on July 24, 2015
Hi Den, I just can't believe it's been 5 yrs. today that you left us here on earth. I'm looking at some of these pictures and it still breaks my heart that you're not here with me anymore. I miss you so much. Just as the song says "Gone too Soon" I feel your loss immensely. I can look at these pics and smile when I see your smiling face but I'm also crying at the same time. You were taken from us way too soon. One day again we'll be together. I love you Den!
Posted by Diane Motta-Stevenson on January 26, 2015
Happy Birthday to my dear brother Den today! I'm thinking about you a lot. I know if you were here you'd be calling me a couple of different times wondering how much SNOW we got?? Even living in Delaware we're still going to get snow but not as near as our home town - Dighton, MA They're getting a huge blizzard with 30+ inches of snow tonight into tomorrow. Just what you called for? ; o )) I miss you and love you so much!!! Diane "Louise"
Posted by Diane Motta-Stevenson on November 11, 2014
Today is Veterans Day and I'm thinking of you a lot Den. You served two terms in Vietnam and were honored with the Medal of Valor. You were such a selfless, courageous man who served our country. I love and miss you deeply. As a youngster I always went with Ma & Dad to pick you up at the airport. You came off the plane in your Navy uniform looking so good to me. I always had tears in my eyes when I saw you. I was and am so proud of you. You will always be my hero!!! Love you, your lil' sister "Louise" That's what you called me many of times. You know......
Posted by Diane Motta-Stevenson on July 25, 2014
Hey Den. I am a little bit late but I did remember. Just too busy like always. and like everyone. And I know you would be disappointed to hear that because that was one of your powerful lessons for us, to not let stupid shit in life keep you from connecting with the ones that mean the world to us. But even though you are gone I still remember the subtle lessons and I am still growing from them. You were a very powerful dude with a very soft voice. Miss you still and guess I just always will. BUT !!!!!  So glad you were in my life. No one can ever take that away from me. Love you Den.  Frank
Posted by Diane Motta-Stevenson on July 24, 2014
Hi Den, Oh how I wish you were here with me. I miss you every day. I miss all our talks and laughter! Your comforting smile.... Just so many things. I miss my big brother! I know you are at peace in GOD's kingdom laughing and carrying on and probably gardening. I love you very much Den. Today I'm feeling my sadness pretty deeply. I do know you're ok I just miss you a lot. Love you, Diane LOUISE. You're the only one who called me Louise at times teasingly.
Posted by Wendy Barry on July 24, 2014
We miss you Papa and think about you all the time. We Love You!!!
Posted by Lynn Sarro on July 24, 2014
Dennis I can't believe it has been this long! I know your family still misses you so very much. I pray you are resting peacefully in God's arms. Love Lynn
Posted by Diane Motta-Stevenson on January 26, 2014
Hi Den, I'm also leaving a flower for you today too on your birthday. You always enjoyed all your flowers, fruit trees, gardens and plants! Love You.
Posted by Diane Motta-Stevenson on January 26, 2014
Hi Den, Happy Birthday! I always loved talking with you on your special day and sharing laughs and having great talks together! You are always on my mind and in my heart. I love you and miss you soooo much.
Posted by Diane Motta-Stevenson on July 24, 2013
Hi Den,
I can't believe it's been 3 yrs. today that we said our good-byes. I remember every moment like it was yesterday. You're on my mind daily. I have awesome memories but I miss you soooo much. I love you.
Posted by Frank Stevenson on January 26, 2013
Happy Birthday Dennis. Miss you still. Doesnt seem to get any less as time passes.
Posted by Wendy Barry on January 26, 2013
Happy Birthday Papa, we love and miss you soooo much!!

Love You,
Sydney, Gavin, Wendy & Adam
Posted by Diane Motta-Stevenson on January 26, 2013
Happy Birthday Den! Oh how I wish you were still here. I still think of you every day. You're on my mind daily and always in my heart. I miss our talks and all our laughing. I pray and know you're at peace and have that beautiful smile on your face. Miss and love you sooo much.
Posted by Lynn Sarro on January 26, 2013
HaPpY BiRtHdAY Dennis! <3
Posted by Kim Motta on July 27, 2012
My dear Dennis, I miss you so much. I think about you and wonder what you're doing. It has been two years since we had to say goodbye and my heart still aches for you. You were my world, my rock, my shelter from the storm. I think I am a better person because of you. I am grateful for the time I had with you. I love you!!!
Posted by Diane Motta-Stevenson on July 24, 2012
Had to write my brother today. You're on my mind always. GOD I wish you were still here. I miss you soooo much. Love you Den...
Posted by Michael, Michelle, Tony &... on July 24, 2012
We think of you often as we drive by the home you shared with Kim and Mitch. We are comforted to know that you are in God's loving hands watching over all of us.
Posted by Frank Stevenson on July 24, 2012
Still think of you very very often Den. Still miss you a ton.
Posted by La Sallette Moitoso on January 27, 2012
Dennis it has ben 2 years that God took you from us
we miss you Happy Birthday i never forget your birthday because my son;s B D is today too !  love La Sallette & Mario Moitoso
Posted by Frank Stevenson on January 26, 2012
Happy birthday Den. I loved you as much as I love my own brothers. You were like no other man I ever knew. I learned so much from you and I thank you for that. I just wish we could have spent more time together but three thousand miles made that hard to do. But I wont be greedy, I was lucky and blessed to have known you at all. I love ya brother, and I miss you and always will.
Posted by Diane Motta-Stevenson on January 26, 2012
Happy Birthday my big brother Dennis! In your honor and to honor our family name, last year I changed my last name to Motta-Stevenson. I am so proud to have my maiden name back. You always referred to me as lil' Louise' since I was the youngest and only girl. Well I'm the only one left and I wanted to represent. I miss you sooo much. May you be at peace with all our loved ones. Lov u
Posted by Lynn Sarro on January 26, 2012
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DENNIS...................CELEBRATE WITH ALL YOUR LOVED ONES THERE WITH YOU TODAY! <3

Love, Lynn Sarro
Posted by La Sallette Moitoso on July 24, 2011
Oh dear god it has ben one year , that Dennis is with you please keep him safe for ever we miss you so much
Dennis, yesterday i made sweet bread and i was thinking of you Love La Sallette and Mario
Posted by Diane Motta-Stevenson on July 24, 2011
Today is the 1st yr anniversary of Den's passing. I just can't believe it's been that long. Living in DE, no we didn't see one another a lot but we always spoke. He was always there for me. I miss knowing at any time I could just pick up the phone and talk with him. Love you
Posted by La Sallette Moitoso on September 23, 2010
you are missed so much, i am so happy i made the sweetbread for you i know you injoyed it " love you

Posted by Betsy Reigle on August 19, 2010
I only knew Dennis thru Diane and that is how I know what a wonderful person he was. My heartfelt prayers are with all of Dennis's family and friends.
Posted by Cheryl Kolodi on August 7, 2010
We are so sorry for the sadness you all must be feeling. I'm sure Dennis was very proud of the wonderful family he had by his side. God Bless him and all of you who are left to carry on his memory.
Posted by Anna Minnich on August 5, 2010
I will miss your profound and thought provoking talks at dinner. And I promise to always buy you a juicy steak on your birthday to go with your kale soup!
Posted by Keri Sarro on August 5, 2010
I'm so very sorry for your loss. I'm keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers!
Posted by Stephanie Sarro on August 4, 2010
Thinking of you and so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers
Posted by Lynn Sarro on August 4, 2010
I am thinking of all of you at this very sad time in your lives. Dennis was one of the most gentle souls I have ever met. Being in his company was such a pleasure.
Posted by E B on August 3, 2010
We extend our thoughts and prayers to Dennis and his loved ones. May the Lord comfort all of you during this time. ~Bermudez family
Posted by Annette Barry on August 2, 2010
We will always have fond memories. Our love goes out to all family and friends of Dennis. He will remain in our hearts!
Walt and Annette
Posted by Mitch Motta on July 31, 2010
Dad you will always be in my heart and in my thoughts. I will miss you forever. Love you so so so much.
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Posted by Diane Motta-Stevenson on July 24, 2021
Den, I miss you so much. I've been struggling for many years with my health and I could really talk with you right now. You always gave me that unconditional love that we didn't really have growing up. I was 11 years old when you left our home but we always spoke and were just so close. You were my rock in so many ways. I know you always said I was the one who kept the family together and was so caring but you were the "Gentle Giant". I remember at your service your coworkers shared that title for you and I totally agree with them all. Your humor, loving touch, wisdom, sensitivity, there's just so much I miss. Love you and miss you terribly.
Posted by Diane Motta-Stevenson on January 26, 2021
Happy Birthday Den,
I just spoke with Ma on the phone. She remembered that today was your birthday but she thought you would be 72 instead of 73. She's got moderate to severe dementia now but her health is very good at 94. I try to bring up older memories and she remembers those well. What she ate 20 minutes before she has no recollection of. I miss talking with you Den. There's so much I'd like to share. We had a special bond that was priceless. Miss and love you. Until we meet again.
Posted by Diane Motta-Stevenson on July 24, 2020
Missing you always Den. Yesterday I had to put my beloved greyhound to sleep and I so wish you were here to talk to. She was an angel. We both loved dogs so much as they gave us so much unconditional love.
I remember this day so well even though it was 10 yrs. ago. It was one of the hardest days of my entire life. I love you my awesome brother. Until we meet again.
Recent stories

Big Bear, CA

Shared by Diane Motta-Stevenson on July 24, 2016

Den loved the snow!!!!!  He was always watching the weather channel even in CA.

His office - Vista Del Mar

Shared by Diane Motta-Stevenson on July 24, 2016

Den was very much loved at his job.  He was called the "Gentle Giant"

Proud Dad

Shared by Diane Motta-Stevenson on July 24, 2016

Dennis was such a great Dad.  He loved his family!!