He was born December 12, 1919, to Bayard Hilton and Eleanor Ross Collins Faulkner in New Jersey. A former owner of a public relations firm, photographer, artist, and World War II veteran, Dean spent his formative years in Upper Montclair, NJ. He attended South Kent School in Connecticut and Williams College in Massachusetts, and then served in the Army Air Force in the Indo-Pacific Theatre, earning 5 bronze service stars.
After the war Dean moved to Boulder, Colorado with his first wife, Patricia, and together they started a portrait photography business, Studio F, in the old Daily Camera building. He was later employed by Denver’s first television station, KOA TV, as a cameraman and lighting designer and then as promotion director, welcoming such luminaries as Bob Hope and Spiro Agnew to Denver. Later he founded The Dean Faulkner Company, a public relations firm in Denver.
Dean was also president of the Volunteers of America for five years during the period of time when the first low income residential building was constructed and dedicated. He was also an office manager for the Rocky Mountain Golf Course Association and the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association and later served on the City of San Diego’s Golf Advisory Council. He also wrote several articles for the Denver Post’s Sunday magazine, Empire.
Dean Faulkner, a self-taught artist, was an avid collector of various art and vintage political cartoons. He and his wife, Carolyn, traveled widely in Europe and Mexico and lived in La Jolla, CA and Scottsdale, AZ, for twenty years after he retired.
Dean is survived by his wife, Carolyn; four children, Todd (Donna) Faulkner of Erie, CO, Marc (Sherry) Faulkner of Longmont, CO, Kimball (Les) Beery of Estes Park, CO and Florida, and Tamara Faulkner (Paul Clayman) of Bethesda, MD; three step children, Kara Ceriello (Jon deLeeuw) of Seattle, Michael Ceriello (Dondee Murray) of Vancouver, Washington, and Linda Ceriello of Vashon Island, Washington; ten grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers.
The family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and American Heart Association.