Perry Sowards

Perry S Sowards

Monday, September 21st, 1970 - Thursday, September 26th, 2019
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Manassa—Perry “Poops” Sowards, age 49, returned to our Heavenly Father on September 26, 2019. Loved by many and a stranger to no one, the return to our Father in Heaven was likely a huge party attended by his Grandparents Bill and Margaret Rogers, Dorothy and Shelton Sowards, and certainly involved a welcoming hug from his big brother Steven Sowards and prickly kisses to his nephews Taggert Mortensen and Neeko Sowards. Hours and hours were likely spent with Perry telling stories of his life here on Earth. Stories involving the many vacations to Florida he took with his beautiful wife Danette (Bond) Sowards whom he married on February 12, 1993 in the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Denver Temple, cheering The Centauri Falcons and his sons Dylan (Mckenzie), Juanito (Jaycee) Romero, Dustyn, Joshua, and Jace, and how the models of today couldn’t hold a candle to the beauty of his daughters Paige and Paityn.

He likely shared stories of his parents Jim and Mary Ann Sowards of Manassa, his siblings Annette (Bret) Durfee, James (Melanie) Sowards, Martin (Lorna) Sowards, Steven (Liz) Sowards, Mandy (Doug) Mortensen, Melissa (Rusty) Howsmon, Shane (Jenny) Sowards, Clint (Alisha) Sowards, and his many nieces and nephews who are all over the world. Many of his stories would have included his best friend Denny Fringer and the hours they spent hunting, working with fish, and getting into trouble as teenagers. He likely reminded those in attendance of the love he had for his wife’s parents Dan and Janet Bond and their children Brent (Lauren) Bond, Bart (Krista) Bond, and Jennifer (Mark) Jackson as they all treated him as one of their own. One could bet he shared stories of his mission in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, his hunting trip to Africa, and all the time he spent remodeling the Box Cars with his friend Mervin Fisher. Surely, he shared stories of working as a lineman- first at Moon Lake Electricity of Rangely, REC of Monte Vista, and finally at Xcel Energy of Alamosa. This welcoming party held in his honor would have extended late into the night, which was unusual for parties held at Perry’s house as he was always jokingly telling people to “Get the heck out and take your kids with you!” at 8pm. We hope that he reminded those on the other side the difficulties of the physical body and how much better he feels to be free from his.

The stories not shared on the other side are those stories of Perry that we will forever hold in our hearts here on earth. Stories of how loving and helpful he was to everyone he met, and the impact he had on people even after only a few minutes of meeting them. Stories of what a hard worker Perry was, always doing something. Stories of how he loved to be up at the cabins with his family and friends. Stories of how much he loved his wife Danette and how much fun he had harassing her like husbands do. There are many stories that we all have of Perry, and we are saddened that the time to make more has been cut short.

One final story telling session will be held at 11 am on Friday, October 4th, 2019 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Manassa with visitations being held on Thursday, October 3rd from 6 to 8pm and again on Friday, October 4th from 10 to 10:45am in the same location. If you have a personal memory of how Perry touched your life, that you would like to share with his family, please email it to so we can cherish it forever. A “Perry Sowards Memorial Fund” has been set up at San Luis Valley Federal Bank in Alamosa.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Manassa Stake Center LDS Church
    311 Main St.
    Manassa, Colorado 81141
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, October 4th, 2019 | 10:00am - 10:45am
    Friday, October 4th, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
    Manassa Stake Center LDS Church
    311 Main St.
    Manassa, Colorado 81141
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, October 4th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, October 4th, 2019 11:00am
    Manassa Stake Center LDS Church
    311 Main St.
    Manassa, Colorado 81141
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    Bishop Larry Helms
  • Interment

    Friday, October 4th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Friday, October 4th, 2019 12:00pm
    Sowards Family Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Manassa, Colorado 81141
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Patricia Cisneros

Posted at 07:02pm
Annette, so sorry to hear about your brother! I don't know if you remember me, but I was your neighbor and we rode the bus when we were little girls, and we were the first ones on. My condolence,
Patricia Cisneros..

Darrell Thomas

Posted at 10:33pm
Danette and kids,
We were heartbroken to hear about Perry. We loved him from the moment we met him and we will forever cherish every moment spent with your sweet family. Perry was "one of a kind" and was one of the funniest, most loving men we have had the pleasure of calling our friend. Many of our Colorado memories include Perry hand fishing, chasing marmots, entertaining all our kids and showing us his beloved family, home and state. Thank you for sharing him with us!
We are praying for peace and comfort in your hearts. May God hold you in His loving hands until you are reunited with your precious husband and father.
We love you,
Nancy, Darrell and Mason Thomas
Erica and Barrett Nelson
Chandler and Andrew Elliott

Dorraine Crump

Posted at 06:29pm
Jim and Maryann,
I had the most wonderful childhood with Perry. How could I not? We were born just a handful of hours apart in the same hospital, and Jim and my Dad were sharing "Boliver" stories. I didn't know how I was related to Perry, I just knew I had a crush on him forever, and even went to say hello to him at the MTC on his P-day. (Yep, the rules have really changed.) I have only good memories of Perry. He was fun, funny and friendly to everyone. What a great heart he has. I love you Perry, my darling cousin. Dorraine (Thomas) Crump

Tammy Kuykendall

Posted at 12:13am
I am so very sorry for your lost. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Tammy (Kreps) Kuykendall

Denise Manzanares

Posted at 07:39pm
Perry was the most gregarious and charismatic person his love of life and family were obvious values in his daily life. Many spirited conversations were shared over the years we worked together. His faith was the foundation of all that he did. I will miss Perry so very much! His willingness to help, to teach, to share his electric line knowledge, and mentor me throughout his career with Xcel Energy will never be forgotten! Niether will his corny jokes, his great big smile or his goofy laugh. Perry brightened my day whenever he was around. We have truly lost one of the best! I am so very blessed to have had the priveledge and honor of having Perry as a friend and co worker. My most heartfelt condolences to his family and to everyone who knew and loved him! Rest easy now my friend....DM

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