Denzel attended Hurricane High School and played varsity football. One game he caught the football and as he ran down the field for a touchdown, actor Tab Hunter, from Hollywood, in town filming a movie, stood and yelled "LOOK AT THAT LITTLE S.O.B. RUN!".
He married his high school sweetheart, Donna Lee Bush, on July 25, 1961, in Henderson, Nevada. He graduated from Hollywood Cosmetology School in Salt Lake City. Denzel made a name for himself at the exclusive salon in "Makoff’s" of Salt Lake City, South Temple location. Makoff’s sent him to New York City for additional schooling. He was known there as Mr. Denzel alongside his classmates, Mr. Kenneth and Mr. Vidal Sassoon. When he desired to leave Makoff’s, they offered him 80% of the salon take to stay. He, however, left to open his own salon in the newly constructed University Club Building.
He decided his love for horses outweighed an excellent income. He married Elizabeth Hilkey and moved to Colorado to raise horses. He later returned to Hurricane, Utah to become the water boss for several years and then worked in Milford, Utah with the pigs. He met and married Emma Estanero and they made their home in Milford.
Denzel is survived by six children: Michelle Johnson of Salt Lake City, UT, Joey DeMille of Salt Lake City, UT, Jennifer (Christopher) Blum of Salt Lake City, UT, Bradley DeMille, of Salt Lake City, UT, Valerie DeMille of Cedar City, UT and Dexton DeMille of Cebu, Phillippines, sisters: Loa Neilson, Dawn (Jim) Bruce, and Elese Contrys all of Washington, UT, brother Van (Janice) DeMille of Goshen, UT, and 4 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Denton, sisters: Cecelia and Chyrrel, and other family members.
Graveside services will be held at the Hurricane City Cemetery on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. A visitation will be held at Metcalf Hurricane Valley Mortuary, 140 North Main Street, on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. prior to services. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Hurricane Valley Mortuary, (435) 635-9922.