Local novelist Chance Bruce Conner dies
October 13, 2010
Local novelist, journalist and writing coach Chance Bruce Conner died at his downtown Denver home earlier this month. He was 58.
Conner, who was starting a new career as a writing teacher and tutor at Metropolitan State College and the Community College of Denver, published his first novel in 2009. “Career Killer – A Journalist’s Wild Ride with Scotch, Sex and the Sundance Kid” examined the rise and fall of a talented but flawed reporter covering events that Conner himself covered, including the Oklahoma City bombing trial and Jon Benet Ramsey murder.
Conner was born in 1952 in Washington, D.C., and moved with his family to State College, Pa., where he graduated from State College High School and the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in journalism.
His career as a reporter and editor spanned more than 30 years and included working at the Pennsylvania Mirror, Colorado Daily, Boulder Daily Camera, Rocky Mountain News, USA Today, Denver Post, Centre Daily Times and Winter Park Manifest. He left daily journalism to work as communications director for three congressional campaigns in Colorado and to focus on writing novels. At the time of his death, Conner was in the final editing stages of his second novel, “Career Inferno.”
Conner loved hiking in the Colorado mountains, dogs of all varieties, the Colorado Rockies and Penn State football.
He is survived by his sister, Drucilla Weirach and her husband Doug of State College, Pennsylvania; brother, Keith Conner of Sunbury, Pennsylvania; two nephews, a niece, and his former wife, Janet Day, of Fraser. He was preceded in death by his brother, John Andrew “Drew” Conner, and his parents, Lois and Arthur Conner, of State College.
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A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Colorado. Those who cannot attend this service are asked to celebrate Chance and honor his life in their own ways.