Howard Clay Owen | AspenTimes.com

Howard Clay Owen

The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

Clay passed away peacefully in his home on June 29, 2011, surrounded by his family and friends. He was 59.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria; son, Matt; daughter, Rachel; mother, Jimmie; father, Slim; brother, Mike; and sisters, Judy Davis and Caron Sowers.

Clay lived in the Roaring Fork Valley and worked in Aspen and Snowmass, Colo. for almost 40 years. He last worked for the Snowmass Village Police Department and the family appreciates the tribute of flying the American flag at half mast in honor of his service to the community.

He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed diving the waters of the Cayman Islands, hiking the tall peaks of Colorado to the Appalachian Trail, canoeing the lakes and rivers of Alaska, rafting the Colorado River, bicycling roads and mountain trails, sailing, fishing and hunting.

He contributed to his community in many different roles, including as a ski patrolman, ski instructor, tennis instructor, dive master, park ranger, Scout leader and soccer coach.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to HomeCare and Hospice of the Valley, P.O. Box 3768, Basalt, CO 81621; or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society may be made in his honor.

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His life will be celebrated with a party later this summer.

He lived a full life, ending too early, and was loved by his many friends and family. We will all miss and remember him with smiles in our hearts.