HOLLIS DEAN RISINGER, JR.
October 25, 1959 January 6, 2021
Hollis Dean Risinger, Jr., known as Dean, was born October 25, 1959 in Pueblo, Colorado to Hollis Dean Risinger, Sr. and Mary Lou Risinger. He passed away unexpectedly on January 6, 2021. He is survived by his parents, son Michael Dean Risinger, sister Lori Risinger, aunts, uncles and cousins, nephew Jason J. Hoxie and his best friends, Mark Hufschmid, Kathy Mares, Diana Frederic, Mary and Simon Gomez, and his neighbors.
Dean leaves a legacy of love, friendship, passion and a mastery of a multitude of skills, creativity, artistry, of all things mechanical, and achievements. He had an Amazing Ability to look at a piece of scrap metal or wood and turn it into a beautiful masterpiece, a passion for AC/DC, the Beatles, Boating, Bread Baking, the Broncos and being a Beekeeper. He was the Chocolatier for Theobroma, Chocolate of the Gods, a Contractor, and a Chef, known for his huge pots of spaghetti and green chili. He loved his Dogs, Buddog, Bodi, and Coaltrain. He was an Engineer for isostatically pressed parts for space missiles, manufacturing, and transportation industries. He made Friends easily and for Forever, loved Fishing, planning Fun events, and had Faith! He was the "Go to Guy", if anyone needed help. Many who crossed Dean's path said that he was a Genius. He was always the Hardest-Worker. Dean was an Innovator with everlasting Inspiration to fix, repair, invent, and improve anything and everything. Repairing and making Jewelry was one of his specialties. His Kites flew every spring. His Loyalty for everyone he knew had no bounds. His artistry was portrayed in his home and only can be described as Man Art, as he used polished tools and unusual objects to decorate. Motorcycling on his customized metallic iridescent purple motorcycle was his favorite way to spend the weekends, along with watching NASCAR Racing, the Broncos, and National Geographic Series. He was One of a Kind! Purple became his chosen color. He always strove for Perfection in all ways and superior Quality for everything he did. He graduated from Wasson High School in 1978 and majored in Machine Technology at Pikes Peak Community College. He was on the forefront of the design, development, and manufacture of powdered metal technologies for the aviation and manufacturing industries, as well as clean room retrofitting solutions for the microchip industry. His proficiencies included electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical systems, plumbing, carpentry, construction, maintenance, including meeting OSHA Standards for Clean Rooms at Symbios Logic and Apple Computer. His extensive Record collection spanned decades. Smoking all types of meat, fish, and poultry in his specialized smoker was always shared with family, friends, and neighbors. Using a damaged trampoline, he custom-made the frame for a cover for his trailer and Sewed the tarp to cover the frame. His company name was THE MAN and he was THE MAN! He was fascinated with Nikola Tesla, who developed the system of electric power transmission, even building a similar sculpture. He Treasured all special times with family and friends, and having his own Unique style! The Variety of his collections of Star Wars, Star Trek, historic bricks, tools, and so many unusual items is extraordinary. Welding anything was a basic, simple skill for him. His X-ray vision gave him the ability to see and understand how everything mechanical worked. He collected Yo-Yo's during his younger life. As only Dean could envision, his Yard art portrayed all of his traits and sense of humor. His Zest for his passions and projects were to the full extent. Dean will always be remembered for his special talents, artistry, creativity, projects, loyalty, love of family and friends, and that he did do it his way. His family appreciates very much the outpouring honoring Dean's legend and legacy.
A Celebration of Life has not been planned at this time. Memorial Donations can be made to One Nation Walking Together.
For Dean's full story and to leave a message of condolence, please visit Swan Law Funeral Directors website.
Published in The Gazette on Mar. 28, 2021.