William Harold Flowers Jr.
1946 - 2020
{ "" }
Share
Share William's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
Flowers, Jr., William Harold
Sonny
3/22/1946 - 7/29/2020

William Harold "Sonny" Flowers, Jr. won many battles as a litigator and civil rights activist. With the love of his life, his wife of 40 years, Pam, at his side, he lost his last battle to an evil and vicious foe: pancreatic cancer. Sonny had a ready and radiant smile for everyone. He was a treasured friend, teacher, mentor, guide, and "uncle" to literally hundreds of people, young and old, lawyer and non-lawyer alike. He grew up in Boulder on Goss street with his mother Ruth, who was his mentor and a pioneer in her own right. He spent a couple of years in the DA's office in Adams County and then entered private practice with Penfield Tate II, former Mayor of Boulder. He practiced primarily in Boulder, with a stint at Denver's prestigious Holland & Hart. He finished his distinguished legal career at Hurth, Sisk, and Blakemore. He was preceded in death by his mother, father and three siblings, Frances, Thurmond and Knight. His remaining siblings are Gretchen (Texas), Stephanie, Alfred, Lonnie, and Daphne (all of Arkansas). There are numerous nieces and nephews, both by blood and just as a result of who he was; you know who you are, and he loved you all! He was a member of too many groups and associations to mention. Among them were the Sam Cary, the Boulder, the Colorado, and the National Bar Associations, the Colorado and American Trial Lawyer's Associations, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the Boulder Community Hospital Board. In each of these he was recognized for his leadership abilities and served as an officer or President. He followed in the footsteps of his father, William Harold Flowers, a national legal and civil rights icon and one of the early Presidents of the National Bar Association. Sonny graduated from CU and CU Law in 1975. He was a dedicated Forever Buff and a C Club member. He rarely missed basketball (men's and women's), football, or women's volleyball games in the past 50 years. He is scheduled to receive a Distinguished Service award from the CU Law School Alumni Association in September. In lieu of flowers, etc., Pam and Sonny would like you, if you are so inclined, to direct donations to the Penfield Tate II Scholarship Fund through the CU Foundation at their website in the name of Sonny Flowers. No memorial service is planned. In his last days, Sonny was so gratified to receive the hundreds of well wishes sent his way. He loved you all! Peace be with you.


To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in Denver Post from Jul. 31 to Aug. 2, 2020.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
No memorial events are currently scheduled. To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.
Memories & Condolences
Guest Book sponsored by The Denver Post
Not sure what to say?
View Printed Guest Book
23 entries
August 10, 2020
Grove of 100 Memorial Trees
Plant Memorial Trees
Sympathy Gift courtesy of
Susan Graham
August 9, 2020
Group of 10 Memorial Trees
Plant Memorial Trees
Sympathy Gift courtesy of
James Bartlett
August 8, 2020
Pam. I'm so soory. Only met Sonny a few times but knew your love for him was huge. Peace
Frances
Frances Marino
Acquaintance
August 6, 2020
I have know Sonny since the early 1960s. I was a year ahead of him at CU. He always had a smile on his face. He always had a kind word. We were blessed to know each other as friends for well over 50 years. Rest In Peace and Power Sonny Flowers.
Philip Hart, Los Angeles
Friend
August 5, 2020
RIP, Sonny. A good friend from college. A good person. A mensch.
Barbara Cohen Ross
Friend
August 5, 2020
I haven't seen Sonny for many years but he was unforgettable and a pleasure to have known. Heartfelt condolences to Pam.
Susan Wilson
Friend
August 4, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about Sonnys' passing. He was in my HS class and was one of the nicest people in the class. He always greeted me with a smile and a "hi" and I remember him fondly. A very genuine person.
Karen Black (Stephenson)
Classmate
August 4, 2020
I knew Sonny for many years, starting in 1984 when I was a prosecutor in the Boulder DA's office. Sonny was always a dedicated and highly ethical attorney with an extremely charming personality. He will be sorely missed by the legal community in Boulder.
Colette Cribari
Acquaintance
August 4, 2020
We will meet again ... RIP
Tommy
Brother
August 4, 2020
Steven Meyrich
Friend
August 2, 2020
I first met Sonny as a kid playing catch in North Boulder Park. We then connected as lawyers, next door neighbors and friends. He was a fine advocate, a dedicated activist and a great friend. He touched many hearts. He holds a special place in mine.
Bruce Fest
Neighbor
August 2, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Sonny's passing. Blessings and prayers for strength and courage to the family.
Sharon K.
Friend
August 1, 2020
I have know Sonny since he was 15 yrs old living and I was so very proud of his academic achievements as a CU Graduate and being a lawyer. I will miss his legal quit wit and his social being with our family. I’m also proud of his commitment to recruiting black students to CU. He was a blessing to all persons he met .Sonny Rest In Peace . Art Scott family , Oakland Càl.
Art Scott
Friend
August 1, 2020
Beau Patterson
Friend
August 1, 2020
Lou Barnes
Friend
August 1, 2020
Sally and Tom Conley
August 1, 2020
July 31, 2020
Sonny! Dammit! I am so crushed by your passing. You were an icon, the brightest of lights, a leader of leaders. Our loss is profound. You will forever live in my heart.
Judson Hite
Friend
July 31, 2020
Linda Getman
Coworker
July 31, 2020
Linda Getman
Coworker
July 31, 2020
Warm Embrace Arrangement
Send Flowers and Gifts
Sympathy Gift courtesy of
Kathy Broka
July 31, 2020
Dear Sonny
Your towering personae, love of life, and joy you brought to all your family, friends and colleagues will sorely be missed. That smile of yours will live on forever! Rest in your next abode with the certainty of a world made much better by how much you always cared for others.
Dejan Damjanovic, Christine Marsh
Neighbor
July 31, 2020
Patrick Williams
Coworker
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences