Dennis Brett Dumm was born in Alexandria on December 21, 1977, the son of Brad and Sue (Carlson) Dumm. He attended District #206 and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1996. Dennis was a member of the swim team, where he competed in the breaststroke. He also played the alto sax in high school and had a love of all types of music. He attended Moorhead State University and graduated in 2001 with a BA in Visual Arts with an emphasis in Photography. Dennis moved to Minneapolis after college and worked in his field of photography. For the past year, he has worked with Albinson Reprographics in Minneapolis as a large format print operator.
Dennis reconnected with his childhood friend Christi Desautels at the wedding of his brother Jon in 2005. Together they built a home in Minneapolis; enjoying time with their pets, entertaining friends, gardening, biking, watching movies, and cooking. Dennis had a creative eye for photography and worked weddings and special events with his friend Adam Costello. Some of his hobbies were fishing, canoeing, boating, and wake boarding. He was an avid wine maker and enjoyed canoe trips with his friends to the Boundary Waters. Another of Dennis’ passions was the environment. He was a nature lover who always took time to conserve resources, recycle, and use his bicycle for transportation.
Dennis’ family was always important to him. His favorite holiday was Christmas, and he always made it home to be with his family. He especially was looking forward to a canoe trip on the St. Croix River with his father and brothers this summer.
Dennis B. Dumm died on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 in Minneapolis, MN as the result of a bicycle accident. Dennis will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him. He is survived by his parents Bradley and Susan Dumm of Alexandria; brothers Gabriel (Amy) Dumm and nieces Skylar and Kaia Dumm of Roseburg, OR and Jonathan (Jessica) Dumm of Madison, WI; grandpa Aaron Dumm of Mapleton, MN; his beloved Christi Desautels of Minneapolis, MN; aunts Karen Tanner of Waterville, MN, Jean Shields of Crystal, MN, and Jan Fassbender of Fargo, ND; uncles Ted (Julie) Trojahn of Nassau, MN, Robert (Janice) Setterberg of Roseburg, OR, and Ed (Betty) Elson of Madison, MN; close cousin Adam Tanner of Bozeman, MT; many cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Pearl Dumm, Paul and Agatha Trojahn, and uncles Donald Fassbender and Gerald Shields.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, May 23, 2009 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alexandria with the Reverend Steve Binsfeld officiating. Interment was in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Casket Bearers were Tim Facciotto, Adam Costello, Jason Dirks, Jonas Capistrant, Justin Costello, and Kevin Desautels.
By LORA PABST, Star Tribune
Last update: May 20, 2009 – 11:42 PM
The Ride of Silence
After spending months painstakingly rebuilding his bicycle, Dennis Dumm rode it every day from his home in south Minneapolis to work on the other side of downtown.
On Wednesday morning, just as Dumm took off from the bike lane at the intersection of Park Avenue and E. 14th Street, a semitrailer driver began to make a wide left turn, crossing in front of Dumm and hitting and killing the 31-year-old cyclist.
The driver of the truck will not be cited in connection with the accident, said Minneapolis police spokesman Sgt. Bill Palmer. He said the truck was loaded with concrete and asphalt chunks from a nearby construction site as it headed north on Park, a one-way street.
Dumm’s girlfriend, Christi Desautels, said Dumm always followed traffic rules and wore a helmet, but she knows that even experienced riders need to be reminded that accidents can happen in a matter of seconds.
“He used to let me know if I made a mistake,” she said. “He wasn’t just messing around out there.”
Ryan Moffett, of Minneapolis, said he had been riding behind Dumm for several blocks before the accident and saw him waiting for a stoplight in a bike lane next to the truck.
“The truck started going straight to make a wide left turn,” Moffett said. “I think he didn’t realize the truck was turning. He just couldn’t get out of the way.”
Moffett said Dumm was wearing a helmet and was riding in the bike lane but had entered the intersection when he was hit by the back wheels of the truck.
“He seemed to be following the rules of the road,” he said. “That does stick out in my mind.”
Bike ride honors victims
Dozens of Twin Cities area bicyclists had already planned to participate Wednesday evening in a worldwide memorial ride for bicyclists who have been injured or killed, said Todd Cole, the Minneapolis representative for the Ride of Silence organization. After the accident, the group decided to ride through the intersection at Park and 14th to remember Dumm.
“I’m hoping that people get a stronger sense of what’s going on around them,” he said. “People are getting hurt.”
Online discussion boards about cycling were full of questions from riders about how Dumm could have been hit when he was seemingly following traffic rules, but Cole said sometimes that isn’t enough. He doesn’t want riders to be scared off by news of accidents, but he does want to make sure they are educated about safety.
“If people took the time to ride along with seasoned cyclists, they’d actually feel a little safer,” Cole said.
Desautels said Dumm had recently taken his love of biking to a new level when he rebuilt bike that had been stolen and damaged last year. Last week, he had participated in events for National Bike to Work day. “It was more than a hobby,” she said. “The ultimate goal was to be able to get rid of his car.”
Dumm, who was also a photographer, had a show of his work scheduled to open in a couple of weeks at the northeast Minneapolis restaurant Sen Yai Sen Lek. Desautels said his friends plan to follow through with the show.