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Dena May King-Turner


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Dena May King-Turner Obituary

Dena May King-Turner, Award-winning photographer, nationally renowned designer, couturier and entrepreneur passed unexpectedly on Sept. 19, 2015. She was born in Juneau, Alaska on July 13, 1948. She spent her childhood there on Fritz Cove Road with her parents Warren L. and Ruth H. King and brother Kenneth King.

Dena May graduated from Juneau Douglas High School in 1966. She studied at San Mateo College (Calif.) with a degree in Marketing. She subsequently began a long and profitable career in the corporate world involved with a number of high tech start-up companies in Silicon Valley, San Francisco Bay Area of California concluding with Sun Micro-Systems of Santa Clara, California. Being a part of start-up companies provided Dena May with technical and practical experience in business and financial planning, management, product research and development, marketing and sales, engineering and production, and developing a customer base.

Education played an important role in expanding her knowledge of the business world, receiving numerous certificates and recognition in both the electronic manufacturing and fashion design industries. Dena May also frequently taught design classes at Canada College, Redwood City, California. With this knowledge, Dena May became an entrepreneur herself, starting a highly successful custom clothing and design business, with photography a natural evolution within the business,

DENA MAY ORIGINALS, Photography; Custom Clothing & Design has been in operation since 1995. She has taught various classes on an accredited school level, private student level, and consulting basis. Her business and designs have been featured in numerous shows, shops, publication, and have won top honors in various designer competitions to include the Fashion Institute of America.

After the passing of her Life Partner of 30 years, Jack Baum, Dena May relocated to Tularosa, New Mexico; there she restored a beautiful old adobe house, and reestablished her fashion design business while becoming a well-respected photographer of the New Mexico desert. Her photographs have been on exhibit in the Smithsonian's Hubbard Museum of the American West. Soon after arrival in New Mexico, Dena May met and fell in love with her beloved Tyler Turner and married him in 2011.

Dena May and Ty loved to roam and hike the great Land of Enchantment, camping and stream fishing, going to concerts at the Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts, maintaining a fruit tree orchard and vegetable gardens. Their greatest love though is their wonder-girl-dog Scout who they rescued in 2007.

Dena May was the consummate professional and perfectionist. She believed that we had to give our all and our best every time, every day, because the universe deserved that from us. She showed others that you owned your mistakes, didn't make them again, and righted your wrongs. She was an excellent mentor, an amazing listener, the ultimate professional to show the way, funny as hell, and always a strong presence to guide us through stormy seas.
She turned the ordinary into the extraordinary with her creative talents.

Dena May was preceded in passing by her parents Warren King and Ruth King Spaulding, stepfather Bill Spaulding, life partner Jack Baum.

Dena May is survived by husband Tyler Turner of Tularosa New Mexico, step-daughter Angela Baum-Hull of Juneau Alaska, brother Kenneth King of Guadalajara Mexico, half-brother Brian King of Wyoming, half-sister Karen Masshoff of Oregon and cousin Shirl Spaulding of Colorado.

A celebration of life will be held Wednesday October 7, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Christian Science Society Center, 1023 E. 16th St., Alamogordo, N.M. Officiating will be Sarah Bloch. After the service there will be a pot luck Wake at the family home in Tularosa, N.M. (505 Durazno St.) at 12:30 p.m.

Instead of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in Dena May's memory to her favorite place. The Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts, 108 Spencer Road, Alto, N.M., 88312. Call toll-free (888) 818-7872 . The Spencer Theater is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Public Charitable Organization and is a tax deductible donation.

Direct Cremation has taken place under the care of PCS Direct Cremation Services.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Oct. 4 to Nov. 3, 2015
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