Dean Van Dyne, a former president of the Western States Roofing Contractors Association (WSRCA) and founder of Van Dyne & Sons Roofing, has passed away. He was 87 years old.

Van Dyne graduated from Southern Colorado State in 1955 with an associate mechanical engineering degree. He furthered his education at Colorado State University and graduated with a bachelor of science in physical science in 1959, and in 1974 earned an MBA from Santa Clara University. He supported himself through college by cleaning the swimming pool at Colorado State, giving lifeguard instructions and with summer construction jobs.

Van Dyne moved to Reno, Nev., after college and started his own roofing firm, Van Dyne & Sons' Roofing, which was acquired by D&D Roofing and Sheet Metal of Sparks, Nev., in 1997. Van Dyne was active in the roofing industry, serving as the 18th WSRCA president from 1991 to 1992, as well as serving as a director with the National Roofing Contractors Association. His focus as WSRCA president was on educating western roofing contractors so they could build the best businesses possible.

Outside of roofing, Van Dyne was an avid outdoorsman, gardener, hunter, fisherman and golfer. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, Laura, before she passed in 2018. He has seven children and many grandchildren.

"He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him," the WSRCA said in an email.