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I'm sorry that I never met Dennis, but I am a long time friend of his wife Jan. Please accept my condolences for her and the rest of the family.the family
I’m sorry I never met you I know your wife and please accept my condolences to her and your family
The Langer Family boys and the Kelly family boys wish to express our condolences to the Pallan extended Family.Dennis grew up with all 8 of us and we were like brothers. He will be sorely missed as one of 'our gang'. May he rest in peace.
Larger Than Life! Many things about Dennis seemed larger than life. One was his love of big dogs. Some years ago my wife and I visited Dennis in North Carolina and were introduced to two of the many Great Danes Dennis would share his home with. Those big dogs were like Dennis in so many ways, gentle, fun loving, and gregarious. More recently Dennis shared his home with two huge beasts, Dewy a Newfoundland and Sarge the tallest Great Dane I have ever seen. Just like Dennis those big dogs were warm and welcoming and fun to be around. I know he loved his kitty cats too! Big Dog you will be missed. Pat Kelly
Dr. Dennis Pallan
Dr. Dennis Pallan of Fernandina Beach, FL, passed away on July 28, 2022, peacefully in his home.
Born in 1946 in Pittsburgh, PA, he is the son of the late Bertha May. Also preceding him in death are his infant son, Mark Pallan; his sister, Patricia May; and his former wife, Ethel Pallan (mother of his children).
Dr. Pallan grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Central Catholic High School. He then attended Duquesne University where he obtained a degree in Psychology and Pre-Med. Ever the adventurer, he traveled to Karnataka, India where he completed medical school at Kasturba Medical College. When he returned to the U.S, he moved to Flint Michigan, where he completed his residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital and served as the Chief Resident.
After his residency, he moved to Clinton, NC, where he practiced family medicine at Sampson County Memorial Hospital for 7 years. Following a move to Florida, Dr. Pallan wore many hats as he worked for the University of Florida as Medical Director, Assistant Professor of Medicine, and Chief Medical Advisor. He was a proud committee member of Correctional Care, Quality Assurance, and served on the Aids Task Force. He also held positions with the Florida Department of Corrections, among many other accomplishments. He even held the first key to Baptist Primary Care in Callahan, Florida where he provided family care services for over 20 years.
Whether referred to as Dr. Pallan, Dennis, or “Doc”, he never met a stranger. He enjoyed working on his classic Mustang, building model airplanes, and fishing with his friends. He loved his family, friends, and patients and was a dedicated husband and father. One of his favorite pastimes was watching football, especially when the Steelers were playing, and he loved to share his adventures from his time in India. Volunteering with the Jacksonville Sheriff Reserves and marine patrol gave him great joy. On the weekends he could often be found tinkering in the garage, and he adamantly believed in the existence of Big Foot. He was also a generous gift giver, and never failed to share a joke, a drink, or a laugh.
He is survived by his wife Janice Pallan; his children Christopher Pallan and Emily Smith, son-in-law Toby Smith; Stepchildren: Bryan, Scott, and Christopher Simpkins; and his grandchildren Peyton, Emma, and Kai.
A memorial service will be held at Oxley-Heard Funeral Home on Saturday, August 6th at 11:30.
The family will receive friends and family from 10:30 until the hour of service at Oxley-Heard Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation in his memory to:
Cats Angels, Inc. SPCA
709 South 8th Street
Fernandina Beach, FL
Concerns of Police Survivors