Dennis Lyle McPherson

November 23, 1964December 16, 2012

Dennis L. McPherson November 23 1964 to December 16, 2012 Dennis passed to the next level of his journey surrounded by family, friends and loved ones, who cared and shared his life. His love for Colorado and all of its wonders supported his compassion for youth who had lost their way. His Moto was learned from an esteemed colleague, “DO IT-GO.” Twenty five years of employment in the Grand Valley included Grand Junction High School as a job Coach for students with disabilities. Gateway Youth and Family Services as Advocate Program Coordinator. Hilltop Opportunity Center as Aftercare Resource Coordinator. Ariel Clinical Services as a Behavioral Skills Coach and Youth Advocate. A Service of Remembrance will be held at 2pm on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at the Palisade Church of The Nazarene. Located at 3595 Front Street, Palisade, Colorado. We would like to have friends and family share memories after the Service. Dennis is survived by his loving life partner Sara Suazo, parents Howard and Jackie McPherson of Palisade. His sister and her husband, Debra and Gary Rhizor of Port Orchard, Washington and Brother Daniel McPherson of Grambrills, Maryland. He is also survived by his many friends and his music partner Mark Hinkle. Together they have supported Mesa County by private benefit concerts to help all of those in need. He is now resting and at great peace with God.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, December 20, 2012

Dennis Lyle McPherson

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Pete Schroll

August 26, 2017

Pete Schroll

August 26, 2017

Was listening to "No Sleep 'til Chugwater" and then I found this guestbook. I used to love to read Dennis' column in Pit Magazine. It was called "Uncle Dennis' Video Pit". It was hilarious. I will try to find an old Pit Mag and post up one of his columns. Comedy Gold. Miss you my Brutha . . .

April 14, 2016

miss him still. doesn't really get better with time. you just learn to adjust to the idea. I choose to keep him close and remember the moments shared.

Randy Pittman

January 6, 2014

I knew Dennis as a little kid from our neigborhood. Dennis was a few years younger, so my memory of him was a little guy trying to keep up with the older kids. It sounds like Dennis was a very kind, humerous and big hearted person, not to mention quite the musician. To the McPherson family and friends, I am so sorry for your loss.

kodi rhizor

December 17, 2013

You are greatly missed. Im going to miss your soothing guitar playing and funny humor. You are a great, great uncle.

Debe Rhizor

September 26, 2013

Fast approaching one yr of missing you. You are in my world so often. Silently walking my path. I feel such loss. Still so sad. Miss your laugh and your odd humor. love you little brother.


May 14, 2013

I am deeply sadden about the passing of Dennis. I don't think we will ever know the magnitude of how many lives he impacted. Since his passing there has been many times I have out of blue been reminded of him. I believe his spirit is with at those moments! I miss you BUDDY!

February 20, 2013

Dearest 'D', Oh how I miss you, your daily calls "Just Checking in", I promise to get you to Ironton this summer, just like you wanted. M .

Michelle Jimenez

February 1, 2013

Dennis was a man with a very big heart, he started out as my sons job coach, but became one of his best buddies. When my son was diagnosed with cancer, Dennis was one of the first people that called and said, ok what can I do to help, and he did, he put together a benefit for him, the nicest thing anyone could have done for us, and I will always be grateful. Our prayers go out to all the family.

Danny Galloway

January 30, 2013

I was greatly saddened to hear of Dennis' passing. I always enjoyed our visits and conversations, even if I couldn't convince him to leave GJHS and come to work at Central:)
Such a great guy and so good with the students.
Vaya con Dios.