Dennis Gordon Caviglia, age 63, passed away of a heart attack in South Africa doing what he loved most, hunting with his children, this time with his beloved son Matt at his side. Born in Reno in 1951 to Tommy Caviglia and Jane Lathrop Caviglia, he moved to McGill when his dad became the Nevada Bank of Commerce Manager in 1956. He graduated from White Pine High School in 1969 and was a member of the 1968
State Football Champions. He was also an accomplished high school wrestler, winning 53 matches while losing only three. During his senior year he and his partner won 1st place in the Nevada State Plymouth Trouble Shooting Contest. They went on to place 3rd in the National Competition. He received his B.S. Degree in Business Administration, Finance & Management at University of Nevada, Reno in 1974, and Graduate courses at UNR and University of Washington. Throughout college he worked at Vaughn Materials as a salesman, was a bus driver for the School District and worked for Tom Magee at Yokohama Tires. During the summers he worked at Kennecott Copper Corporation in McGill. Those were the days that Kennecott guaranteed you a job during the summer if you were going to college.
In 1974, he married Cheryl Heckethorn of Carson City. His first post college job was with Metropolitan Life Insurance where he established a lifelong friendship with his boss Frank Costa. But banking was in his blood, so he joined Security Bank as a Commercial Loan Officer. He and David Huckaby, two McGill boys in the big city, brought in tons of new accounts with their “We Make House Calls” team. He moved from there to SEA Engineers/Planners as their Marketing Coordinator but went back to Security Bank of Nevada. During his banking career, Dennis opened his own branch on Terminal Way for Valley Bank. As Vice President and Branch Manager, it grew into a very successful and profitable operation. He purchased Reel Construction in 1990. Reel Construction, Inc. has had the designation of the Nation’s “Top 500 Remodelers” for the last 5 years with Qualified Remodeler magazine.
Throughout his life, his passions were many: he won numerous awards with his wine making; was an accomplished pilot; loved to travel; hunt and fish; loved riding his Harley Davidson; golfing and cooking. Dennis was well known for his great sense of humor and his willingness to help others. His affiliations throughout his business life were numerous: City of Reno Citizens Policy Planning Advisory Commission, Society of Marketing Profession Services, Sertoma, B.P.O.E. Elks, National Association of Home Builders, Board Member of the Builders Association of Northern Nevada, Board Member of the Better Business Bureau, Board Member of Catholic Community Services, Knights of Columbus, Board Member of the White Pine County War Memorial Foundation, Board Member of Hidden Valley Country Club, Boy Scouts of America, Truckee Meadows Boys & Girls Club, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Ely Branch, Builders Association of Western Nevada, and current member of the Industrial Insurance Appeals Panel for the State of Nevada.
He leaves behind his wife of 40 years, Cheryl, his son Matthew, daughter Michelle, and best hiking buddy Daisy, sister Susan Holloway (Glenn), brother John, Ely, aunt Jeannette Chambers (Bob), Sparks, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
His funeral will take place Friday, April 17th, at 1:00 at St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church, 875 E. Plumb Lane, Reno. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. Michael’s Church, McGill, c/o of Sacred Heart Church, P. O. Box 151026, Ely, NV 89315 or The First Tee of Northern Nevada, a Memorial Fund in his name at 1575 Delucchi Lane, Ste.104, Reno, NV 89502.