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Dean O’Brien "Brien" Buell lost his courageous battle with cancer at the age of 78, in Sun City West, Arizona, on January 11, 2024.
Brien was born April 21, 1945, in Hutchison, Kansas to Harry Dean Buell, from Kansas and Dorothy Cecile O’Brien Buell from New Orleans. His father, a Navy pilot, was temporarily stationed in Hutchinson. The family eventually returned to New Orleans. Shortly after Brien‘s first year of life, his young mother tragically died. This resulted with him being raised by his father and his loving grandmother, Cecile B. O’Brien in New Orleans during his early childhood. After some time, his father returned to Kansas, where he met Farine Rigg, a World War II widow, and her young son, John. They soon married. Brien then began his journey West to reside with his new family in Medicine Lodge, Kansas. In 1954 the family proceeded to move further west to Grand Junction, Colorado, where his new family grew by three more children, Barbara, Susan, and David. The next move took them from Grand Junction to North Denver. Brien continued high school in Denver and graduated from Westminster High School as a Westminster Warrior class of ‘63. He then attended Colorado University where he studied history and pledged Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He remained friends with many of his Westminster classmates, and ATO brothers throughout his life.
After college, he began his financial career in Denver with Hayden Stone. When they sent him to New York City for training, Brien didn't care for the confinement of the skyscrapers and when he felt claustrophobic, he would frequently visit the Empire State Building just to view open spaces. Coming back to Denver, he eventually began trading more fast-paced commodities rather than dealing in stocks. It was at this point in his life that Brien met, dated, and married his “forever” love, Lynn Stevens. The two married in 1976. They spent their first month of marriage exploring the Caribbean. Lynn, a former flight attendant, had planned to open a restaurant in Fort Collins, so after the honeymoon, they had moved to Fort Collins where they lived for 36 years and raised their three children, Patrick, Lauren, and Lisa. Brien continued trading commodities while helping Lynn with her new restaurant. He would often be trading cattle futures and pork bellies in one phone call, then be ordering onions for onion rings in another call. After a period of time, his success at trading commodities led him to form Buell Commodity Company and became a Commodity Trading Advisor (at that point he gave up ordering onions). As a Commodity Trading Advisor, he would trade the commodity markets for Broker’s clients. He frequently traveled to New York City, Chicago and even Mexico. Brien met personally and worked with brokers at such firms as Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, E.F. Hutton, A.G.Edwards, Lehman Brothers, and Oppenheimer. Many of the financial advisors he met along the way became lifelong friends. Lynn often accompanied him on his trips back East, giving the couple many adventures in the “big” cities. in 1993, Brien joined his father and his sister, Barbara, working at Citigroup Global Markets as a Financial Advisor. He and his sister moved to Wells Fargo in 2010, where he served as a financial advisor and portfolio manager. Brien took great satisfaction in tracking, studying, charting markets, and speaking with clients. He was challenged by his work and was actively involved doing this until just a short time before he died.
Along with his involvement in the financial world, he was also involved in the oil and gas business, cattle feeding, Real Estate acquisition, development, and management. He also had many community involvements. He was a board member, and served a term as the president of the Larimer County Restaurant Association, served terms on the Larimer County planning and zoning committee, belonged to Fort Collins Sertoma club, Fort Collins Bike club, for over 30 years he volunteer ski patrolled at Arapahoe Basin, Loveland Pass, and volunteer ski guided for the “Over The Hill Gang” at Copper Mountain , he also served on several committees at John the 23rd Catholic church. His entire life he was an intense competitor who loved a challenge. He took pleasure in working out and staying fit. He was an avid athlete, who excelled in many sports. All his broken bones, scoped, knees, and torn ligaments (too many to count) in his body came from pushing his limits participating in some athletic endeavor. They included swimming, (as a lifeguard, he taught swimming to handicapped youth), football, wrestling, (he went to State as a wrestler in high school), sailing with his wife, karate with his son, racquetball, flyfishing, but above all… His absolute passions were for skiing and biking! He engaged in the triple bypass, a bike ride over three mountain passes and over 100 miles. He rode with a bike team for six years in the Courage Classic, a race to raise money for Denver’s Children’s Hospital. He regularly took 30 mile rides with friends, but probably a bigger test for him was riding with his wife, Lynn, from Fort Collins to Wichita, Kansas for her class reunion. (It was way too slow for him… but a rope on her handlebars helped). Bliss for him was a double diamond run in a bowl filled with fresh powder on a sunny Colorado day (always producing his million-dollar smile). Brien had a deep love for God, his family. He also liked telling jokes, dancing, and singing in the car, especially to country western songs, and anything … Irish. He had a special love for New Orleans (it’s cuisine, customs, music, the Saints, and his cousins there) Brien had his Rocky Mountain roots, but he was a Southern boy at heart!! In 2010 Brien finally acquired the wide-open spaces view he desired, when they moved south of Loveland, where he had a panoramic view of the Rocky Mountains. But the thing he most ardently loved in this earthly world was his family. He attended church with them, school events, and was always present in their lives to give advice or help. He was a spectator at countless wrestling matches, soccer, volleyball, basketball, and baseball games and was present to watch and cheer on all of his children and grandchildren. He taught all three of his children to be excellent skiers. His all-time favorite ski day would be skiing with his children. He wasn’t necessarily strict with his kids (definitely not his Grandkids), but he believed God gave them a lot of gifts, and he expected them to perform to the best of their ability. His children and his grandchildren grew up with lots of hugs and support. All of his grandchildren knew they had a special place in his heart. With all the people he loved, all departures and phone calls always ended with “I love you“. He was the most loving, considerate, compassionate, husband and father any family could ask for. When he couldn’t beat the greatest challenge, he ever faced, which was cancer, he was surrounded by his wife and children. As he departed this world into God’s light, and hopefully into his young mother’s arms, along with the Lord’s Prayer, the last words he heard from his family were… “we love you”.
Brien is survived by Lynn Stevens Buell, his loving wife of 47 years; his son, Patrick O’Brien Buell (Kalisa); his daughters, Lauren Ostry (Brandon) and Lisa Hebert (Scott) and grandchildren: Benjamin O’Brien Buell, Owen and Alexandra Ostry, and newborn, Austin Hebert and step grandchildren Jillian and Carli Casseday. He is also survived by his siblings, Joseph John Rigg (Paulette), Barbara Buell Paige (Frank), Susan Buell Jones, and David Buell (Debra) and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held Saturday, January 27 at 11 AM at Prince of Peace. Catholic Church, Sun City West Arizona. A celebration of life follows at Briarwood Country Club 20800 N. 135th Ave., Sun City West from 1 pm to 4 pm. The family plans a celebration of life in early summer in Colorado, the date to be announced. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Community Fund Sun City West.org this organization provides a safety net for Sun City West residents who are having financial difficulties.
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