Memorial services for David Hudson Owen, 72, Baldwin City, will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 5, 2012 at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, KS. David passed away at his home on Saturday, April 28, 2012.
David was born on March 8, 1940 in Bellows Falls, VT, the son of Rev. George B. and Christine (Jones) Owen.
His elementary school years were spent in Vero Beach, FL and Pittsford, VT. He graduated from Sharon High School, Sharon, MA in 1958. David graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA in Geography in 1963.
David is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ellyn Owen of the home; two daughters, Heather McGee (Murray), of Beloit, KS, Jennifer Bravo (Daniel) of Seattle, WA, two step-sisters, Pricilla (Robert) Muttel of Windsor, CO, Cindy Bjerre Parkinson (Ried) of Minneapolis, MN, two step-brothers, Bill Bowles (Jane) of Carmel, CA, and Don (Ginny) Bowles of La Port, MN, brother-in-law, W. Richard Evarts (Heather Eileen), Dallas, TX granddaughter, Nichole McGee, (Brett), Lawrence, KS, grandson, Nathan McGee, Hays, KS, niece, Casey Helms, (Chris), Hutto, TX, nephew, Richard C. Evarts, Dallas, TX, grand nephew, Caden Helms, TX, and great grandson, Aidan Dye, Lawrence. David is also survived by many friends and family.
David married Ellyn Evarts, June 9, 1962 in Lakewood, CO. He worked as a cartographer for General Drafting, Convent Station, NJ, making road maps and atlases for 5 years.
He then joined McGraw Hill Book Company as a college level representative, where he sold textbooks and procured manuscripts for publication. He also trained other representatives on computer applications for sales. He worked for McGraw Hill for 26 years.
David was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church where he served for many years as co-chair of the Environmental Stewardship Team. He also was a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas’ Outreach and Mission Committee. He was the first chair of The Kansas Interfaith Power and Light, a statewide organization devoted to environmental education and advocacy. He was also a member of The Friends of Hidden Valley Girl Scout Camp, Lawrence, KS.
The family suggests memorials in his name to the Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Rehabilitation and Hospice Care, 200 Maine, Suite C, Lawrence, KS 66044 or the Kansas Interfaith Power and Light, 1204 Oread Avenue, Lawrence, KS.