Donald ‘Cody’ Owen
July 1, 2009
Cody left this life and made his final “passage to freedom” peacefully on June 14, 2009.
“Cody” was born Donald Clinton Owen Jr. in Boulder and moved to Carbondale in 1997. Friends and family called him Donnie. He was given the name Cody by his Vietnam comrades. Cody said, “I believe in kindness. It is far greater than people can imagine. Few people know how kind they can be.” He was a great man.
Cody lived his mantra which was “Schuring – Only God, Only Love, Only Forgiveness, Only Service.” He has written a daily meditation book for warriors to help them find God while away from home.
Cody’s professional life included: drug/relapse prevention counselor for the Department of Corrections/South Dakota, Positive Action Clinic/Boulder, Raleigh Hills and Denver General Hospitals under the tutelage of Terry Gorski; CNA specializing in Alzheimer’s care at Family Health West/Fruita and Soloman and Life Care Centers/Denver; student counselor for September School/Boulder; grocers Kroger and Clarks; and the city of Aspen golf course/ice rink.
Most recently Cody championed the cause for people with disabilities through his company, Passage to Freedom. He brought accessibility to Hendrick Dog Park and was parks and recreation commissioner and chairman, Carbondale Trails Committee. He was the crossing guard at Highway 133. As disability consultants for RFTA, consultants with Passage to Freedom will continue to train drivers to operate lifts and respond sensitively to disabled passengers. His company was honored to join the DBTAC (Disability Business Training Access Center) ADA Leadership Network in 2009. His contribution will be carried on by the foundation he laid and the vision he gave his trusted associates.
Cody is preceded in death by his mother Jessie, father Donald and sister Sandy. Also his beloved four-leggeds Spirit, Chopper and Chica and infamous great, great uncle Tom Horn of the old west. He is survived by wife Jean, service animal Yogi, son Jason, grandson Oden and daughter Shea, as well as many other Owen family members in Boulder. By his side at the end were companions Yogi and Jean, lifelong friend Jim Lackey of Montana, along with many friends and neighbors in the Roaring Fork Valley. He thanks everyone for their love and support throughout his journey.
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A potluck gathering to celebrate his life will be held from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Carbondale Recreation Center at 567 Colorado Ave. In lieu of flowers, please 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.