Donald ‘Cody’ Owen
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Donald “Cody” Owen of Carbondale passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2009.
“Cody” was born in 1942, Donald Clinton Owen Jr., in Boulder. He moved to Carbondale in 1997.
Friends and family called him Donnie. He was given the name Cody by his Vietnam comrades.
Cody lived his mantra: “Schuring – Only God, Only Love, Only Forgiveness, Only Service.” He wrote a daily meditation book for warriors to help them find God while away from home.
His last years were spent serving his community. His proudest accomplishment was Ride for a Cause, a nonprofit organization he founded with a mission to ride more than 8,800 miles across Colorado to inform people of Alzheimer’s and spina bifida. Even after he became disabled, in 2004 he rode a handcycle 1,000 miles to raise money for Crystal Meadows Senior Housing, where he lived.
Most recently, Cody championed the cause for people with disabilities through his company Passage to Freedom. He brought accessibility for disabled persons to Hendrick Dog Park, served on the Carbondale Parks and Recreation Commission, and was chairman of the Carbondale Trails Committee.
He was also a school crossing guard at Hendrick Drive and Highway 133, and worked as a disability consultant for the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, training bus drivers to operate lifts and respond sensitively to disabled passengers.
Cody is preceded in death by his mother, Jessie, father Donald, sister Sandy, his beloved four-leggeds (Spirit, Chopper and Chica), and infamous great-great-uncle Tom Horn.
He is survived by son Sean, grandson Oden, and daughter Shea, as well as many other Owen family members in Boulder.
A potluck gathering to celebrate his life is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Carbondale Recreation and Community Center, 567 Colorado Ave.
In lieu of flowers, contribute to a fund in Cody Owen’s name at Alpine Bank. Donations will be used to publish an inspirational book written by Cody to help warriors away from home, those that have returned from war, and their families.
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Roaring Fork Schools volunteers who have already completed a comparable background check through an approved entity would be good to go.