|Birth: ||May 30, 1953|
|Death: ||Jun. 22, 2011|
Michael Alan Rowden, age 58, went to be with his Lord on June 22, 2011. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Jeannine Thornton Rowden of College Station; daughters, Caitlin Alexis Rowden of Denton, and Michelle Elizabeth Rowden of College Station; parents, Gene and Glyndola Rowden of San Angelo; brothers, Boyd Rowden of Lago Vista, and Brett (Patty) Rowden of San Angelo; nephew Justin Lee and niece Meagan Lee, of Rockport, Texas; nephews Jason Rowden of San Angelo and Sgt. Matthew Reel, Afghanistan.
Most recently employed as assistant band director at A&M Consolidated High School in College Station, Texas. Formerly band director at Allen Academy, Bryan, Texas. Before moving in 2005, he served as assistant band director at Duncanville High School, La Joya Junior High, Coakley Junior High, and Harlingen High School. Over the years, he arranged many shows for the state and national levels of competition. Mr. Rowden began his musical career in San Angelo as a clarinetist and oboist, and was drum major of his high school and collegiate bands. He earned his undergraduate degree in 1976 at Angelo State University, with Masters work at East Texas State University. He shared his love of music with students of all ages as a teacher and conductor, making an impact on thousands of musicians all over the world.
Mr. Rowden was also a nationally certified instructor and referee for the Billiards Congress of America, and competed in national competitions for the past 20 years. He competed in May in Las Vegas, despite his illness. Born at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City, OK, he became an avid OU Sooners fan, always making sure to have an OU baseball cap nearby. Perhaps his greatest achievements can be seen in the eyes of his two daughters. He bestowed his love for music, quick wit, and sacrificial heart to the ones he described as the "lights of his life". He lived out Christian principles daily, having been baptized at an early age by Pastor J. Earl Dunn. He leaves a legacy that will live on for generations.
The family would like to thank Dr. Donald Gehring, Dr. Terry Jenkins, the oncology staff at St. Joseph Regional Health Center, Hospice Brazos Valley, ""band family"", and the community who have rallied to care for Michael and his family during our time of need.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the "Michael Rowden Benefit Fund" for his daughters at Prosperity Bank, or through AMCHS Band Boosters at www.csbands.com.
Services are set for 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2011, at A&M United Methodist Church in College Station, with Rev. Kip Gilts and Rev. Laurinda Kwiatkowski officiating. A time of visitation will follow in the church fellowship hall. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Callaway Jones Funeral Home in Bryan, Texas.
Published in The Bryan-College Station Eagle from June 24 to June 26, 2011
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
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