Dennis Alden West

Born in Denver, Colorado on December 22, 1952

Departed on October 3, 2018 and resided in Denver, Colorado

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Dennis Alden West

December 22, 1952 - October 3, 2018

Beloved and Kind Father, Brother, Son, Grandfather, Cousin, Friend, Mentor, Neighbor, Community Member, Artist, North Denver Native, Graduate of Holy Family High School, Loretto Heights College with a Bachelor in Fine Arts

Not only did he inherit the Alden family name he also inherited his mother’s (Helene West) and his grandfather’s (Harry Alden Grout) artistic and creative talents. Survived by daughter Amoreena Rose Corbin (Joshua Charles Corbin) and her family, daughter Abigail Arah-Lynn Corbin, and daughter Charleigh Alden Corbin; step daughters Juniper Sea Dickerson and Rhiannon Sage Dickerson; brothers Cary West, Mark West, Greg West (Jan West) and son Mike West, Dana West (Yvonne West) and children Dru West and Tara Boehrnsen, Jay West (Missy West) and children Cylis West and Jared West; sisters Tammy West, Anita Duby (Tom Duby) and children Nate Duby and Rachel Kimberlin, Ann Nicholson (Keith Nicholson) and children Jessica Nicholson, Alyssa Nicholson, and Lauren Nicholson; aunt Rosemarie Grout; and numerous cousins located throughout the USA; his girlfriend Kristine Fanning, long time friend John Hoymak III, and numerous neighbors, artists, community members and loved ones, there are so many people that were near and dear to his heart that I can’t list them all - you know who you are. Dennis was predeceased by his mother Helene West and Father Elvin West.

He always had a love of art and then walked out the back door of the university and into the creative world and immediately continued being a metal sculptor, silk screener, designer, stained glass artist, illustrator, painter, and poet, he did all of these things with a true heart of a bohemian artist. He was so passionate about his art that he pursued it on a full time basis and things began to take off for him when he opened the 23rd Avenue Sculpture Studio on 23rd and King in the heart of North Denver where he was born and raised. After many years of being a starving artist he enlarged his world to embrace the North Denver community including local artists, neighbors, school children, and anyone who needed a helping hand. The open door policy that he always had for his space created something so special that there are not enough words to describe it.

He won numerous local and regional awards for his creativity, design and community involvement. His work can be found throughout the metro area, Colorado and can be found across the world.

As talented as he was his greatest gift was his open heart, his kindness, his humor, and his undeniable willingness to offer a helping hand in any situation for anyone - from fixing neighborhood bikes, to feeding neighborhood kitties and adopting stray turtles. His kindness has touched and formed so many friendships over the years.

In addition to his great talent, he lived a humble, simple life, and spent his entire life doing what he loved the most creating art and earning his “gold bricks” to heaven. This tribute to him could go on for pages and pages - but any of you that are reading this know how special he was to the world.

A celebration of life will be held on October 20th at 4101 N Harlan St, Wheat Ridge CO, 80033 from 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM the family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Amoreena Corbin to help offset the remaining medical expenses.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Elisabeth Mcguire :

    Very much loved and so sadly missed. Dennis was one of the most unique individuals I have ever met. I am so thankful that Josh and Amoreena will continue with his work!

  2. Very nicely composed pretty much covers all the varied traits of a multi-faceted interesting man. I considered him a good neighbor and a good friend. Dennis will be missed in this community as he was a giver and a supporter of all the things that make this community great. Rest in peace kindred spirit

  3. Becca Chirila :

    This is absolutely beautiful. His legacy will live on. ♡♡♡♡

  4. Susan Blosten :

    The strong presence of Dennis West will be missed. He had an amazing spirit and boundless creativity. I am glad he walked the earth and spread his talents liberally. We have lost a unique character.

  5. Not too long ago I proudly shared the Denver, CO. TV news piece posted on my Facebook page with an interview with Dennis West in his sculpture studio, gallery and beautiful sculpture garden adjacent to his sculpture studio and gallery. I’m deeply saddened at the loss of this creative individual. A friend in art, fellow Loretto Heights alumni, and truly a creative inspiration in my life. Dennis West rest in peace. Yours was a life well lived on so many different levels, and you will be greatly missed by all those whose lives you touched!

  6. Erich Meatleg :

    Thank you for allowing me to grow in your studio. You made me feel like family. Rest In Peace friend.

  7. Kathleen McGreal :

    Rest in peace Dennis, I’ve missed seeing your work and comments on the good Father’s posts on LinkedIn. I know you’ll be busy working on God’s new gates. Blessings to all of your family and friends in their time of mourning.

  8. Marie Peacock :

    I’m sure, Dennis, your angel wings are as big as your heart. I will miss you and miss seeing you at the Gallery. Big love to the families you’ve left behinf.

  9. Rhiannon Dickerson :

    This is by far the most beautiful tribute to a life that I have ever read. You have done him a much deserved farewell… love!

  10. Kathy Balluff :

    I met Dennis in the 90’s. His love of flowers and cactus was evident from the start of our friendship. He was also a man of many skills and his love of welding peaked my interest. He was happy to open his studio and help me. RIP my friend.

  11. Judy Vorndran :

    I LOVE DENNIS AND I WILL MISS HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. He was an solid anchor for the neighborhood, very crafty, there to help when needed and he kept a good garden :).

  13. Roswitha Moehring :

    Dennis was a humble but most generous man and neighbor, creative artist and teacher as well as a great gardener. He will be sorely missed in the Sloans Lake neighborhood.

  14. Julz and Willow :

    Dennis was a kindred spirit and a loving friend. My memories are far and wide… from performance art exhibits, to gardening (land and pond), bicycle fixes, kittens, wine and Yahtzee. We considered him part of our family. I will miss most his heartfelt hugs, they were the best!

  15. Dennis was such a generous person. He welcomed everyone to his beautiful gardens and studio. He loved this neighborhood and we loved him. His spirit will surely live on at 23rd and King.
    Rest In Peace my friend.

  16. The Universe lit up,
    when it knew
    you were coming.
    “Such passion!”
    Cried the moon,
    “Such love!”
    Cried the sun,
    and their tears
    watered the flowers
    in your garden.

    The world misses you, but it will never forget you.

  17. joan burbank

  18. I had not seen him in years but still remember his laugh! God Bless.

  19. Liz and Terry Feeney :

    An incredible talent with a heart of gold! He created with his heart which is what made his creations so unique. We feel very privileged to have one of these creations and will now think of him every time we look at it. Hope your having fun up there Dennis! Thanks for the life you breathed into the north Denver neighborhood.

  20. Lenor and Michael Bowden :

    Dennis was a kind and gentle old soul. He could make anything. He has had a spot in Heaven for many years there is no doubt. Knowing him has shown us that kindness and a hand up is what all of us should strive to achieve in life. His spirit will be missed in the physical sense, but always with us in our hearts and minds. We were truly blessed to have known such a man.

  21. We will long admire the rose trellis Dennis made for us.

  22. Holly Fliniau :

    I met Dennis when I moved to the ‘hood in the mid-1980s and have since gathered dozens of Dennis’ pieces in my home and garden. The most special piece is the simplest and smallest, created when I went crying to him about my cat, Alexis, dying suddenly. (We both had white cats.). He brought me a simple cross. Love this man. Have always loved him and will miss him terribly. At least he will always be around me everywhere I look.

  23. I loved what Dennis did for the neighborhood. He was gracious with letting so many of us use his studio and was generous with his time. He will be sadly missed.

  24. Rest In Peace Dennis, you were a wonderful and welcoming neighbor! I always looked over to your studio as I passed 23d Avenue on my way home. You will be missed!

  25. Jon VonOhlsen :

    Regards to the family, Dennis was always cheerful and accommodating to me, and always ready for an art discussion. He will be missed.

  26. Judy Hamilton :

    Oh, dear, what a loss. Dennis will be so sorely missed in the neighborhood. What an asset he and his shop have been. I will think of him every time I walk past the sculpture from there I have in my garden. His spirit will stay alive in all his sculptures now gracing the city.

  27. Our condolences to his family! Met Dennis shortly after moving to the neighborhood in ’07. So friendly, extremely fair business man, always had an open door, always waived back from a toot of a horn driving by. You’ll be missed brother D.

  28. DANG!!! Sorry to know this. We were AIR at Career Education Center-DPS.

  29. Rest in peace, old friend. My condolences to Dennis’ family, friends, and the many, many people it’s clear were touched by his life and work. Dennis turned his time on this earth into a gift to all of us, human animal and plant alike. What more beautiful legacy can there be? So wish I could attend the celebration, hear all the great stories and tell a few! No doubt it will be filled with both tears and laughter. Always in my heart old man, thanks for carrying me way back when.

  30. What a beautiful tribute to your dad of many hats, Meena!
    John & Lynn Scheuer

  31. Dennis was a best friend of mine when we went to Loretto Heights College. He made the Art Department one strong family.
    I will miss my good friend.

  32. I miss you each and every day my friend

  33. Linde Schlumbohm :

    Dennis will always be a part of our neighborhood. So much of his work remains with us. I will miss him.

  34. I feel lucky to have known Dennis and will never forget his kindness and generosity. Condolences to family, and all who’s lives were touched by this good man. Rest easy, friend.

  35. Gerrit van Emous :

    I know Dennis for a couple of years on the LinkedIn platform. We very often had witten contact about pur artwork. Dennis was an amazing artist. I feel very sad that he is passed away..
    He was a big inspiring example for me. And i will never forget his honest and kind feedback on my posts of sculptures, which i posted on LinkedIn.
    R.I.P. dear art brother !

  36. Regards to the family. Dennis will be sorely missed. Please let us know if we can do anything for the family. Best, Kevin McQuade Jersey Shore, New Jersey

  37. Paul Dickinson :

    My condolences to Dennis’s family, I had known Dennis on LinkedIn, and he was a great artist and he will be greatly missed, rest in peace my dear friend…

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