Dennis Reed Ivy Sr. was born on May 13, 1950, in Stockton, CA to James and Helen Ivy. Dennis was baptized, in the Baptist church, knew the Lord, and believed, in the end, he would rest on the Lord's arms. Dennis attended high school at Edison High in Stockton, CA. After graduating high school in 1968 he attended the University California at Davis where he graduated and received a Bachelors of Arts degree in History.
While attending the University California at Davis he pledged into the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Dennis was one of the founding pearls of the Theta Eta chapter, serving as the first president of the Davis chapter. Dennis was involved wlth the Black Student Union, Black Family Day Committee and on other various committees.
Dennis met his beloved wife Norma Carnell Clayton May 12, 1973, on the University of Pacific campus and they were wed on March 18, 1974. This union produced three children Anjetta Rene, Christina Joy, and Dennis Reed Ivy Jr.
Dennis commonly known as "Poison Ivy" worked as an automobile sales manager for over 20-years and although Dennis was a private person but when it came to his desire to please the customer, he gave it his all. Dennis suffered his first heart difficulties early in life and was later diagnosed with heart failure but that didn't stop him from taking life lightly and sharing his big heart making friends feel like they were family. He was very light-hearted and didn't let things get him down. Dennis always had a joke to tell no matter the situation. If a joke couldn't fix it the problem, he would always find a creative way to incorporate fixing anything with duct tape. "Duct Tape" was his signature go-to item to repair anything.
Dennis loved sitting at his kitchen table listening to talk show radio, gardening, watching nature shows and Star Trek, throwing down on the grill, cooking home cooked meals, fishing, all types of music, but most importantly his family came first. He is survived by his wife of 44 years Norma Ivy, siblings David Lee Ivy Sr., of Stockton, CA, Catherine woods and Marie McNally (Larry McNally Sr.) of Sacramento, children Anjetta Ivy-Johnson, (Tramane Johnson), christina Ivy-Stewart, Dennis Ivy Jr. Mother-in-Law Norma Clayton, Sister-in-Law Edwina Stinger, (John Stinger), Regina clalton, Rebecca clayton, Brother-in-Law Edward clayton, Jonathan clayon, grandchildren Tyrus stewart, Jamaria Johnson, Tayah-Lynne Stewart and Javin Johnson, nephews Larry McNally, cameron McNally, David Ivy Jr., Stephen Britter, Damien Brown, Marcus Favors, Evan Favors and a host of family and friends.