Vail Daily obituary: Daniel Brewster Culver, 1952-2014 |

Vail Daily obituary: Daniel Brewster Culver, 1952-2014

Daniel Brewster Culver died after a brief battle with cancer at his home in Edwards on Sept. 2. He was 62 years old.

The son of Catherine Brewster Culver (later Jackson) and Donald M. Culver, Dan, also known as Danny, was raised in Glyndon, Md., on the family farm, Edgehill. He also spent considerable time in Colorado at his father’s Boulder Valley Farm.

Dan attended the Gilman School in Baltimore before entering Trinity Pawling School, which he attended for four years. He went on to the University of Colorado where he earned a BA in English. He later received his MBA degree from the University of Denver School of Business. Culver’s creative mind and love of words led him into a career in marketing. He served as an assistant product manager and regional sales manager for Celestial Seasonings and later as a national sales manager and marketing manager for Pillsbury in the 1980s.

Later, he stepped out on his own, establishing a marketing and advertising consulting firm called Culver Callahan. There he was involved with the design and production of Steamboat Magazine, published the Fantasy Football Advisor and created the Brand Store, a mail order catalog business of customizable items for livestock brand owners. Most recently, he worked for The Resort Company in Vail in guest relations.

Culver was an adventurous spirit and great outdoorsman. He was an avid horseman, flyfisherman and skier. His passion for bone fishing took him to the Bahamas, Belize, Mexico, Cuba and Christmas Island. He also traveled to Europe and India with his daughter Daillen and in recent years traveled twice to Guatemala where he financially adopted a 13-year-old girl, providing for her education. In 2013, he volunteered as a camp counselor at the Roundup River Ranch, a camp for children with chronic and life-threatening diseases. He described it as a remarkable experience, during which the kids got older and he got younger.

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Dan is survived by his daughter Daillen N. Culver, of Charlottesville, Va.; his brother John K. Culver, of St. Paul, Minn.; and his two half sisters Catherine Y. Jackson, of New York, and Leila W. Jackson, of Cleveland. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you send donations to the Roundup River Ranch (, P.O. Box 8589, Avon, CO 81620).

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