Monday, October 5, 2015

Real smart at Limon Chrysler!

By Will Bublitz

Looking for an expert mechanic who can take care of your vehicle? If you are, then go see Dennis Boyles, the new mechanic at the Limon Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealership.

Dennis started at the local dealership about four weeks ago. He comes to his new job with 33 years of experience as a auto and diesel mechanic.

“I can do everything from cars to semis to farm equipment to construction equipment,” he said. “My favorites are pickup trucks. I don’t care if they are Fords, Chevys or Dodges because I love working on them. It just seems like these big hands of mine just fit better into those big trucks.”

During his more than three decades as a mechanic, Dennis has worked on all makes and models of vehicles. His experience includes working for several years as the chief mechanic for a company’s fleet of 300 vehicles. Also at one time, he owned and operated his own Recreational Vehicle (RV) business.

“Being a mechanic and working on vehicles is something I love to do,” he said. “In my spare time, I used to build hot rods.”

Dennis’s love for auto mechanics began at an early age while growing up in Lakewood, Colo.
“I knew before I was in high school that I wanted to be a mechanic,” he said. “My Dad was a carpenter, but he built motors on the side. I’d work with him during the summers as his laborer. That’s when I took an interest in mechanics.”

During his high school years, Dennis said he spent his spare time building hot rods and riding bulls in high school rodeos.

After graduating from Golden High School in 1978, he decided to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional mechanic by attending the Denver Institute of Technology. He graduated as a certified auto and diesel mechanic.

“I then went to work for the Phil Long Ford dealership in Denver, but after a couple of years, I got tired of it and started working for ma-and-pa shops in Denver.”

After a few years, Dennis became interested into RVs and took a job as a mechanic for Cruise America in Denver.

“While I was working there, I started my own garage right next door,” he said. “So when I left work, I went to work. I was doing everything mechanical in my shop, but it was just a side business for me.”

After working for several years at both his own shop and Cruise America, Dennis decided he was ready for a change in his life.

“I wanted to do something different,” he said. “So I took a job as the mechanical engineer for the East Balt Bakery in Denver. It’s a fully automated bakery, but I had to work 90 to 100 hours a week. It was a real killer of a job.”

After seven years of that exhausting work, Dennis decided he had had enough and quit.

“I needed a break and took a year off,” he said. “I went and did my passion which is training horses. We always had horses when I was a kid. I used to break and train horses part time for over 20 years. Taking that year off really cleared my head and then I went back to wrenching.”

Dennis became the chief mechanic for Qwest Communications at its regional headquarters in Fort Collins. He was responsible for maintaining its fleet of 300 vehicles in northern Colorado as well as in Wyoming at Cheyenne, Laramie and Wheatland.

After seven years with Qwest, Dennis had to leave that job to move to Oklahoma to help his father who was in failing health.

“My Dad was sick and I felt I needed to be there,” he said. “Besides that, Qwest was getting ready to sell out at that time, so it was a good time to move.”

Along with his father, most of Dennis’s family now lives in Oklahoma.

“My little brother lives in Quinton, Okla. and my sister is in Tulsa,” he said. “My Mom lives in Muskogee. I’m a registered member of the Cheyenne tribe. My Dad is Cheyenne, and my Mom is German and Black Foot.”

After four years of living and working in Oklahoma, Dennis was missing Colorado where most of his own children live.

“While my oldest daughter is now in Heber City, Utah, the rest of my kids live here in Colorado,” he said. “One of my sons is here in Limon, and my other two boys, who are diesel mechanics, also live and work in Colorado. My youngest daughter, who is still in high school, lives in Denver.”

At the start of the summer, Dennis said he got a call from his son, DJ, who is a resident of Limon.
“DJ told me Limon Chrysler was looking for a mechanic and asked me to give them a call,” he said. “So I called and talked with Carl, the general manager. I told him about what I’d done and he said when can I start. Carl said he wanted someone like me who had experience and ability in all types of vehicles.”

Now of the job at the Limon Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealership, Dennis said it was one of the best decisions he has ever made.

“This is a great place to work,” he said. “Everyone here is awesome. We have a good team of mechanics here. This is the place for customers to bring in their vehicles for repairs and modifications. Our goal is to turn this dealership into something big.”

As for moving to Limon, Dennis said he and his wife Danna, whom he met six years ago in Fort Collins, could not be happier.

“We love it here and living with country people,” he said. “Country people are the best people in the world.”

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