David L. Brierton


David Brierton was a successful businessman and a dedicated family man. Brierton founded Dominium, the upper Midwest’s largest affordable housing company. Brierton
was passionate about affordable housing and, to date, Dominium has helped more than 70,000 lowto moderate-income people in 20 states across the U.S.

The 70-year-old passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. Brierton grew up in Waukesha. He attended Catholic Memorial High School and upon graduation enlisted in the Air Force, where he spent more than three years. Following his military term, David received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Wisconsin.

Upon graduation, he was awarded a graduate study fellowship by the Department of Housing and Urban Development of Washington, D.C. While in school, David was a recipient of the Wall Street Journal Outstanding Student Achievement Award, presented annually by the Dow Jones Co.

In 1970, David was hired by Gene B. Glick Co., the largest subsidized housing developer in the country. In 1972, he started Dominium, now the eighth-largest affordable housing development company in the country. Shortly after, he was joined by Jack Safar.

David believed in deferring personal enrichment to grow the company. He provided great support to employees and helped them further their professional goals. In 2012, Dominium is celebrating 40 years of business and it is because of the great foundation laid by David and Jack. David had a deep commitment to helping people in need. While at Dominium, he helped numerous individuals and families in financial need.

David was passionate about housing and served on the boards of the National Leased Housing Association and Minnesota Multi-Housing Association.

In his spare time, David was an avid golfer.

David is survived by his wife, Jane Argent-Brierton; his children, Kristin Dennewill (Brendon), Kerry Wetterling (Mark), Kevin Brierton (April), Keely Travers (Kevin), Kolin Brierton and Korey Brierton (Nina); and many grandchildren. He also is survived by his stepchildren, Jason Argent (Nancy) and Jennifer Frase (Rob), and two step-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at David Lee Funeral Home, 1220 E. Wayzata Blvd, Wayzata. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at The Church of St. Bartholomew, 630 E. Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata, with a luncheon to follow at the church.

Memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society.

David Lee Funeral Home of Wayzata is serving the family. For more information, call 952-473-5577 or visit online at www.davidleefuneralhome.com.