66, passed on Sunday, March 31, 2013. He was born to Erland and Gwendolyn Mallinen on March 27, 1947 in Berkeley, CA, and raised in Oakland. He graduated from Oakland High in 1964 [sic]. Vernon had a paper route as a youngster and was soon hired by the Oakland Tribune where he held positions in Circulation and Sales management before relocating to Denver. He continued his career at the Rocky Mountain News where he rose to a Vice President position. He spent the remainder of his career with The Denver Newspaper Agency and then Media News Group at The Denver Post. He retired in November 2011. Active in the Denver business community, Vernon was a key player in the creation and installation of the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame exhibit currently at Mile High Stadium. He was a past president and continued on the board until his passing.
Vernon is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Julie, daughter Jennifer of Seattle, son John of Philadelphia and sisters Erleen, Karen, and Naomi of California. He was a devoted grandfather to Gus and newborn Calvin.
A Memorial service will be held on Saturday April 6, 2013 at 10:00am at Horan and McConaty, 5303 E. County Line Rd. Centennial CO. 80122. Burial will be private.
Reception will be held at 4:00pm Saturday at the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl., Denver, 80204. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to the Mount Saint Vincent Home, 4159 Lowell Blvd., Denver, CO 80211, (303)-458-7220 in remembrance of Vernon J. Mallinen.