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Dennis West at WorkBy J. Patrick O’Leary

Dennis West, founder and owner of 23rd Avenue Sculpture Studio and Gallery, died Oct. 3 at age of 65.

A lifelong resident of north Denver, West grew up at 42nd and Clay, in Sunnyside; he attended St. Catherine’s and graduated from Holy Family High School. In 1976, he received a fine arts degree from Loretto Heights College.

West’s studio is at the corner of West 23rd Avenue and King Street, in a 1950s, four-bay, former Texaco filling station, and includes an outdoor garden that surrounds a year-round koi pond stocked also with goldfish and turtles.

“I’m a big believer in God, in being a Christian and helping people out,” West told Neighborhood Gazette writer Ken Lutes in a March interview. “I have people walk into my studio everyday who need something fixed – their favorite dandelion digger, or a wheelbarrow, or the chair they broke when they were yelling at the Broncos.” He made the repairs at no charge, “because these people are my neighbors. I only ask them to pay that favor forward to someone else who needs one.”

His grandfather was a painter and an illustrator for the Bureau of Reclamation, and his mother a “closet” painter, with many unfinished paintings discovered after her death.

He is survived by daughters Amoreena Rose Corbin, Abigail Arah-Lynn Corbin, and Charleigh Alden Corbin; step daughters Juniper Sea Dickerson and Rhiannon Sage Dickerson; brothers Cary West, Mark West and Greg West; and others.

According the the Cremation Society of Colorado, a celebration of life will be held on Oct. 20, noon to 6 p.m., at 4101 N. Harlan St., Wheat Ridge. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Amoreena Corbin to help offset the remaining medical expenses.

For more information, visit www.cremationsocietyofco.com/obit/dennis-alden-west/