It is with heavy hearts that we announce the unexpected passing of Dennis Kevin Kirk, a devoted husband, loving father, and cherished grandfather.
Dennis was born on October 6, 1961, in Lubbock, to Clyde Brooks and Mona Lee (Guthrie) Kirk. He graduated from Frenship High School in 1980 and went on to play football at Lubbock Christian College. Dennis married Nannette on August 28,1992.
He began working at an early age for his father at Kirk Brothers Meat Market. He loved to share stories about the times his dad would take him on the meat routes.
He got his start in the house moving business working for 4 Way when he was just 16 years old. In 1990 he branched out on his own and started his own house moving company called SMS -Structural Moving Specialist – House Moving. In his life he moved hundreds of houses. He moved most of the homes that would pave a way for the Marsha Sharp Freeway; however, his most memorable job was moving T. Boone Pickens’ house once from its original location out to Pickens’ family ranch and then again from the ranch to a golf course near the OSU campus, where it is still memorialized today. This accomplishment got him featured on 60 Minutes. He spent a few years working in the oil field but would partner with 4 Way to continue to live out his passion for moving houses.
Beyond his professional achievements, Dennis’s true passion in life was his family. He was a loving and devoted husband to his beloved wife, Nannette, of thirty-one years, and a caring father to his sons, Jonathan Tyler Houk and Kevin Cade Kirk. He coached his sons in football and baseball and never missed a game. He took both of them to work with him, which gave them both an incredible work ethic they both have to this day. He gained a daughter-in-law, Lauren Houk, in 2016 who he loved like his own. He cherished every moment spent with his two grandchildren, Hadlee and Jensen Houk. Being a grandpa was one of the biggest joys in his life.
Dennis will forever be remembered by his siblings – sister, Kerry Ritter, and husband Donny, brother, Baron Kirk, and wife Julie Kirk, and sister, Kristie Young. His memory will also live on through numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins whose lives were touched.
Dennis loved the Lord with his whole heart, which was shown in the kindness he would give to friends and his passion for helping people. He never knew a stranger or hesitated to help someone in need.
In his lifetime, Dennis touched the lives of many with his kind spirit and unwavering commitment to making a difference. He leaves behind a legacy of love, hard work, compassion, and persistence in the face of challenges. Dennis will be deeply missed, but his memory will live on forever in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made in Dennis’s honor to Lubbock Meals on Wheels, a charity close to his heart, as a tribute to his passion that no one goes hungry.