Obituary: David Robert Owens


David Robert Owens, 69, left this world peacefully on Jan. 29, 2017. Dave was a gentle soul who wanted nothing more than to make other people feel good about themselves.  

Dave was born in 1947 in Nampa, Idaho, to Geraline and Robert Lloyd Owen both deceased. He is survived by his wife of 34 years Jan, children Paul Jocis, Melanie Wiseman and Michael Pierce; grandchildren Steely and Slade Jocis; Emily and Jack Huber; Hailey, Ayla, Gabriel and Isabelle Wiseman; Hannah, Trinity and Chase Pierce.

Dave was a Captain in the U. S. Army and received the Bronze Star and the Air Medal for Achievement for his service during the Vietnam conflict. He left the military after six years and began his career in the computer industry as a program analyst eventually working his way up to a Systems Engineer after completing courses at SMU to become a Microsoft Certified Professional. He worked in the computer industry until his retirement in 2015.

Dave was active in 12-step recovery work and would have celebrated 29 years of sobriety on Feb. 25, 2017.  He lived the life he advocated by carrying AA’s message into prisons and jails, and performed service work at both Hope and Came to Believe Groups in Cedar Park.  Prior to relocating to Cedar Park in 2006, he was actively involved in service work at the Genesis Group in Houston.

Dave truly believed that “happy, joyous and free,” were more than just words; that they were in fact, a philosophy of life that he attempted to live to the fullest. He was nicknamed “Polly Andy” by a dear friend and this moniker suited his personality and lifestyle perfectly. He had a host of friends who will miss his cheerful demeanor, angel medallions and AA CD’s. His family will miss his corny jokes, his perennially positive attitude, his hugs and kisses and his cheerleader spirit; but most of all, we will miss his steadfast love and his quiet, unassuming but gentle presence. Our sweet husband, father, Pappa and friend has moved to the next realm and surely he will be waiting there to receive us when we cross over. Until we meet again my love.