David Sowder

David W "Hooker" Sowder

Tuesday, February 28th, 1950 - Thursday, July 11th, 2019
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David W.”Hooker" Sowder, of Windsor, CO, cast his final line on the river on Thursday, July 11th, 2019. After a short but courageous battle, he’s now going to fish with the greatest of all fishermen.

David, best known as “Hooker” (a fisherman at heart), was born February 28th, 1950, in Julesburg, Colorado, to his parents, LaVay (Pirrie) and Gene Sowder. His parents moved the family to a home near the Devil’s Backbone in Loveland, Colorado, when David was four. Growing up with two brothers, Bob and Danny, and living so close to nature itself, David had plenty of room for exploration. David was always bringing home rattlesnakes as a surprise for his mom. The thrill of the catch was soon squandered by her unhappiness at the sight. The next time David brought home a baby hawk. He trained the hatchling to fly and return to him until David’s high school graduation.

Hooker graduated from Loveland High School in 1968 and joined the United States Marine Corps. He was stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC. His orders soon assigned him to Puerto Rico. David was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps on June 17th, 1974.

Upon returning home and after a short courtship, David married Vicky (Lee) on March 14th, 1971, in Loveland, Colorado. They soon welcomed a son, Daren, in the fall of 1972, and a daughter, Jessica Lynn, in September of the following year but died a day later. In February of 1978, another child was born, Sara Beth Sowder. However, she passed away in April of 1978 at just two months old.

As a resident of Windsor, Colorado, since 1974, David was employed at the Kodak company from 1980 until his retirement in 1998. David and Vicky later divorced in 2002. He then pursued a short career at Colorado State University working in its Maintenance Department until 2012. He spent his years of retirement fishing and four-wheeling with his best friends, Tim Reynolds, Terry Funk, and Richie McDonald.

David is survived by his mother, LaVay (Pirrie) Weinmeister (Don); his son, Daren, of Windsor; his brother, Bob Sowder (Mary) of Missouri; sister-in-law Diane (Danny); his granddaughters, Kaci and Jessica Sowder of Windsor; his great-granddaughter, Karsyn; his stepmother, Margie; stepbrothers Jim and Kenny; and stepsister, Rhonda, along with many friends who loved him dearly.

David was preceded in death by his father, Gene, his two precious daughters, Jessica and Sara, and his brother, Danny.

Help us celebrate David’s life on Saturday, July 20th, 2019, from 2-6 p.m. at the American Legion, 624 Ash St. in Windsor, CO.

Rest in Paradise Hooker. Soar with the eagles and sleep amongst angels!
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    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 2:00pm
    American Legion Windsor
    624 Ash Street
    WINDSOR, CO 80550
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Brenda Holland

Posted at 10:03am
Vicky I'm sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences.
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Keith Trevarton

Posted at 10:34pm
For my part Hook was my friend and mentor. I was lucky to have met you. It would take me hours to tell all the things you taught me all the adventures you allowed me to share,all the times you pointed out how I was exercising my natural talent to be an idiot. Most people don't know where the nickname you gave me came from. F
ew of us know it was a reward for a tough day at the film factory it was more than management ever did for me. The night we were stranded out all night on the Flaming Gorge ( first time I saw the Milky Way) I was not afraid cause my float tube was hooked to the biggest baddest ex-Marine ever. Go easy brother. I will see you soon. "Rock"

Pamela Barden

Posted at 09:23pm
Peace, Prayers and Blessings,
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Robert Ramirez

Posted at 12:58pm
My condolences to "Hookers" family. Dave & I go back to the glory years of "The Happy Hookers" basketball team. Dave taught us how to do the All Star Shuffle on the 110 pack line. We always had a reason to laugh. Every time I think of Dave, I think of the good times. May you rest in peace.

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