OBITUARY

Gary Michael Dowden

March 21, 1951January 26, 2019

Gary Michael Dowden, 67, of Conroe, Texas, entered into rest January 26, 2019. He was born in Odessa, Texas on March 21, 1951. Gary graduated from Azle High School and received Master's Degree from the School of Life that we all attend.

He was married to Cynthia Maureen Megas-Dowden on July 13, 1991. After high school he enlisted in the United States Air Force and was active from January 27, 1970 through February 16, 1973. An Honorable Discharge For Sergeant Gary M. Dowden on the 29th day of October 1974.

After that he began working for Otis Engineering where his Uncle Roy Dowden was a Vice President. He cut his teeth there, then went on to work for Halliburton for 30 years. He worked for Well Testing Technologies, in Midland, Texas, then Tetra in Conroe, Texas and most recent for Covenant Testing and Technologies in Sugerland, Texas as a Technology & Quality Service Manager. He became disabled due to several health issues the last few years, but always kept in touch with all the friends he made from all over the world during his tenure in the Oil business. He loved history his favorite subject. He knew so much about Texas history. He would say you had to know your Texas history really well in order to graduate from high school. Beyond Texas history, he loved World War history, Korean, Vietnam, The Spanish American War and most of all The American Civil War. His great grandfather on his fathers side fought for the Confederacy. Gary was very proud of him. so he decided to try to join the Sons of Confederate Veterans. With historical proof he qualified to be a member under Major General Patrick Cleburne's 7th Texas Infantry Camp 2182 in December 2015. Besides history he LOVED fishing. He always wanted to live in a house with a fishing pond to spend his days doing nothing but casting lures. Oh well, we don't all get everything we wish for.

He is survived by his wife Cynthia and parents Barbara Hardy Dowden and James Dowden. Brothers John, Tommy, Dan and sister Diana. His Aunt Carolyn (Suzie) Reed & Aunt Margie Marsh, Uncle Roy, Cousins Tammy, Joie, Kevin and his two sons Christopher and Jeffery along with several grandchildren.

A gathering will be held in his honor on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. inside the Chapel of American heritage Funeral Home, 10710 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77038. The Celebration of Life service will commence at 12:00 p.m. after which the family would like to invite Gary's friends and loved ones to a catered reception, held in the Magnolia Room of American Heritage Funeral Home. His second Celebration of Life service will take place on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. inside the Chapel of Bean-Massey-Burge Funeral Home, 2951 S. Belt Line Road Grand Prairie, Texas 75052. He will then be escorted to the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery where he will be laid to rest with honors. Following the committal service, the family would like to invite Gary's friends and loved ones back to Bean-Massey-Burge Funeral Home for a catered reception and to share his memory.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate to either The Kidney or Diabetes Foundations or The ASPCA or an animal charity in Gary's name.

Services

  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 5, 2019
  • Committal Service Tuesday, February 5, 2019
REMEMBERING

Gary Michael Dowden

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Barbara Dowden

February 18, 2019

After Dallas service: Gary's brothers, sister, mom & dad...from left: John, Tommy, Diana, Dan, Mom & Dad Dowden.

Gwenda Joy Champness

February 6, 2019

I met Gary many moons ago, late 1980's. I met Cindy in Denver, having moved into the town house next door in Arvada, CO. Life being life, l took Cindy with me on a weekend trip to New Orleans, that's when Gary set eyes on Cindy, it was love at first sight and the rest is history.
He was a good friend and l loved him dearly.
Being an Aussie, our contact was sporadic, but at beginning of 2018 l told Cindy & Gary l would be over to visit asap, so don't do anything silly until we get there.
We arrived in Conroe 1/13/19, spent 4 great days to 1/17/19, Gary & Cindy delighted in helping find some good Mexican food & BBQ. Or last day together was spent checking out some very interesting Texas history. A learning curve always, when one was in Gary's company.
Rest in Peace my friend, love you, thank you for waiting, you were so brave.

Don Huffman

February 5, 2019

It was an honor to assist in rendering military honors today for Sgt Dowden. Expressing much appreciation for his Air Force Service, and extending prayers to our Lord for comfort for his family and many friends. The ceremony at DFW National cemetery was beautiful (with piper and horse drawn carriage).
I am sure Gary was smiling down at the event.

d Huffman, DFW Honor Guard member, PGR rider, Army Veteran, and lay chaplain.

Steve Myers

January 31, 2019

From 1979 in Elk City, Oklahoma, a mentor and friend arose. Affectionately known as the "Rotund Animal" in those days Gary handed me a Singer manual with an inscription he wrote: "Many have tried but few have succeeded", and signed it GMD; I still have that book to this day with the paperclips on the pages he marked so I knew which pages to go to for the gas calculations. From many nights on locations with him in the Anadarko Basin (in the Ford Hotel) to the many locations throughout the Rockies he, for some reason, always believed in me when most didn't. At some difficult times in our lives I was fortunate enough to hold him up when he needed it and on other occasions him holding me up; somehow we were able to come out the other side in one piece, sometimes smiling. At times he was incredibly tough...but I always knew what was in his heart; the man had heart!
For 40 years I have been fortunate enough to be able to call him my friend, and without a doubt my mentor.
Rest in Peace my friend...
And yes James Abbott, I remember the Desert Rose as well; never saw a guy run so fast....

Ray Moore

January 31, 2019

A true friend for many years & will be sorely missed. I hadn't seen him for about 4 years since i stopped travelling to the US But we spoke on the phone sporadically since then.
A larger than life character !!
Back in the day, I remember some raucous evenings in Houma LA led by Gary when this Limey ended up with a very sore head the next day !
My sympathies to Cindy & the Family

Ray Bullock

January 31, 2019

Ray Bullock

January 31, 2019

Ray Bullock

January 31, 2019

Ray Bullock

January 31, 2019

Patricia and I were deeply saddened to hear of Gary's passing. We had the good fortune to spend several happy years sharing our lives with Gary and Cindy while living and working in Dallas through the early 90's. Gary was a knowledgeable, fun and helpful work colleague and more importantly a great friend outside of work. We shared many happy times together doing some of Gary's favourite things - fishing and spending time with friends. We have loaded several photographs of those happy times and great friends. Although distance has kept us apart in recent years Gary, those times and these memories have never been far from our hearts. Our deepest sympathy and condolences to Cindy and Gary's parents (who we never met). Our thoughts will be with you over the coming days.

James Abbott

January 30, 2019

Rest in peace Gary. Lots of fond memories of working with you throughout the Rockies.
I’ve forgiven you for everything except that one stunt on Exxon’s Desert Rose#1 north of Baggs.... RIP my friend.

FROM THE FAMILY