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Denver J. Crowder

Denver J. Crowder passed away April 4, 2016 at his home in Bullhead City AZ. He was 70 years of age.  He was born in Sophia WV on January 15, 1946. He was the son of Henry and Bernice Crowder.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Margie and Patricia and three brothers, Buddy (Ira), Lowell, and Tommy.
In November 1965, at the age of 19, he joined the United States Marine Corps.  He was trained as a Rifleman and 81mm-Mortar Crewman.  He was a Decorated  Combat Veteran of the Vietnam War.  He rarely spoke of his experiences in Vietnam, but the few stories he did tell were horrific. His time in Vietnam affected his entire life.  He suffered from PTSD and the Agent Orange he was exposed to there contributed to his death from Arteriosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease.  When his combat tour was over, he spent time stationed in Iceland and Cuba.
He was discharged from the Marine Corps in November 1969.  He stayed home with his family for a short period of time. His PTSD affected him by making him unable to stay in one place for very long.  He did manage to finish High School and get his Diploma by going to night school.  He traveled all over this country doing odd jobs. He worked planting trees, washing windows, moving furniture and as a janitor.  He valued his freedom above all.
Denver loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He memorized the entire book of Matthew and many other passages in the Bible.  He enjoyed talking to the people he met along his journeys and sharing the good news.  He loved is family, even though we did not see eye to eye on many issues.  He loved football, a bond he shared with his nephew Bill.
Those left to honor his memory are sister, Linda J. Torba and brother, Jerrell Crowder and wife Elaine, brother-in-law, Bob Blankenship and sister -in-law, Marie Crowder.  He will be greatly missed by his nieces and nephews; Kay and David Blankenship, Bill, Sandy and Steve Torba, Janet Reep and husband David, Lisa Nelson and husband Rusty, Jerry Crowder and wife Cathy, Andrew Crowder and wife Teresa, Scarlet Collie, and Miranda Snyder and husband Rick.
A Memorial for Denver Jackson Crowder will be held July 23, 2016 at 2PM, at Taylors Valley Christian Church; Chestnut Mountain Road (in Taylors Valley), Damascus VA.  Dinner will follow at Jerrell and Elaine Crowder’s home at 36075 Old House Trail (Taylors Valley) Damascus, VA.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations, in memory of Denver Crowder be sent to: Northern Arizona Veterans Resource Center, ATTN: Andrew Witzel, 1491 Palma Road, Suite 15, Bullhead City, AZ 86442