February 28, 1938 – September 29, 2021
Lowell K. Davis, 83, died on September 29, 2021 in a Denver hospital. He was born February 28, 1938 in Franklin County, Indiana; the son of James T. and Asaleta (Johnson) Davis. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers. Survivors are his wife Barbara (Cox) Davis, daughter Lisa Beth Davis and son James Scott Davis.
Lowell graduated from Short High School in Liberty, Indiana, class of 1956. After graduation, he earned a degree in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana. A lover of all aeronautics, Lowell joined the Air Force and became a fighter flight instructor at Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, Texas. Lowell reached the rank of captain before leaving the Air Force. He joined Braniff International Airways as a professional pilot, obtaining the rank of captain.
He married Barbara Cox while in the Air Force, living in Del Rio, Texas, then moving to Dallas after joining Braniff. In 1976, they discovered Grand County, Colorado, while visiting friends. There, they fell in love with the mountains, the beauty and the outdoors. Quickly deciding that Grand County was where they wanted to live, they left Dallas and built a house in the Highlands. As a result of the industry-wide restructuring, Braniff went bankrupt, ending Lowell’s career as a pilot. Wanting to stay in Grand County and in the house they built, Lowell began working for the Manifest / Sky-Hi News newspapers as well as other jobs.
Lowell loved fly fishing and making bamboo fly rods. He especially loved the community and the camaraderie he shared with other fishing rod makers, which he discovered after taking a trip across the country to the Southern Rod Makers Gathering in Arkansas. Wanting to feed this community in Colorado, Lowell founded the Colorado Rod Makers Gathering; which meets every summer to celebrate the art and craft of bamboo fly rod making. Over the past year, when these groups couldn’t come together and were deeply missed by the community, Lowell hosted the Virtual Rod Makers Gathering (VRG), an online cane-making group. VRG has become a lifeline for people around the world, with members from the United States to Italy, England, Finland, Africa and beyond.
Facts, deadlines, events do not do justice to a man’s life. These are milestones on the way. It’s the mundane moments between milestones that really define a man. Kindness, virtue, decency. These are the things that were the essence of Lowell.
Instead of a traditional memorial service, a private memorial will be held at a later date.
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