Don Howell, 82, of Sedalia and Lakewood, Colorado passed peacefully in his home on April 27th, 2021.
Don’s journey began in Larned, Kansas April 6th, 1939 as the second son to Dale and Vera Howell. Inspired by his parents’ work ethic and business acumen, and by his older brother Dale who was his idol and best friend, Don grew up appreciating hard work, strong family values, and self-reliance, with an affinity for beautiful cars and the great outdoors. But the small town of Larned could not fulfill his dreams and ambitions. After earning a BA in Business from Emporia State University, KS, he was drafted into the Army, put on ready deployment during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and completed 5 years in the reserves. Upon completing his military service, a coin tossed “heads” dictated a move to Colorado where he soon purchased a seven-acre ranch dubbed “Triple HK Ranch” (in Perry Pines) where he raised his two sons, Dale and Todd. Together they worked on many projects which included building a barn for the horses they enjoyed riding at every opportunity. In the early 1970’s Don purchased The Mining Record, which had been Colorado’s daily newspaper during its gold rush days. He built this company into an international mining publication with the help of his partner of over 20 years, his son Dale. In 2009, Don was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to the mining industry. But if you asked Don, he would tell you his greatest accomplishment was his two sons whom he raised with the same family and work values he learned at an early age. He was proud of the men Dale and Todd became.
Don lived his life with no regrets. His motto was: “If a little bit is good, a lot is better”! First, and foremost, this applied to his big heart and the unconditional love he extended to every member of his family. He loved to work hard and play hard. Don was a natural adventurer – he loved downhill skiing, driving stick-shift cars, fishing at Lake Powell, scuba diving, and traveling wherever time and opportunity would allow. Don’s height of happiness was sharing life with his soulmate, Sasha Karpov. They were inseparable in their quest for new experiences and adventures, journeying to Europe, Russia, China, Egypt, Africa, South America, the Caribbean, and many road trips throughout their 28 years of marriage.
Don is survived by his wife, Sasha, his sons, Dale and wife Chrissy, Todd and wife Norah, and his two granddaughters, Hailey and Hannah, plus nephew and four nieces. A private burial ceremony for the family will be held at Crown Hill cemetery. A celebration of life will be announced at a future date.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that friends make contributions to the Jackson 105 Volunteer Fire (Perry Pines), a volunteer group setting an example of community service. Donations can be sent to 435 N. Perry Park Road, Sedalia, CO 80135.Read More