Robert G. Powell of Woodland Park died this past weekend on Sunday, November 16. He was known by many in the community as a promoter and supporter of local musical groups and a dedicated family counselor.
Powell is survived by his wife Carol, their son Dustin, daughter-in-law Robin, and a granddaughter Haleigh born this summer. Her arrival brought him great joy. Powell enjoyed travelling and spending time with his wife and had great affection for her after many years of marriage. He was proud of his son for his success in pursuing his career as a firefighter.
Powell had a long career working as a counselor, supporting families, couples, children and individuals in need for over 40 years. He was compassionate with a touch of orneriness and a sense of humor, and believed in living life to the fullest. He enjoyed kayaking, and his dog Stella was his regular companion at work. She even had her name listed on the office directory.
An avid music fan, Powell helped start and was a president of the annual Woodland Music Series, handling most of the bookings of musical groups. He was also instrumental in raising money to build the Pikes Peak Regional Hospital. “Many individuals and groups would like to take credit for maximum support and development of the arts in Woodland Park. However, Bob, in my estimation, was the most influential source of music within our community. He was truly the ultimate patron of the arts.” wrote Craig Harms, director of the Woodland Park Wind Symphony and Swing Factory, in regards to Powell’s influence on the local music scene.
A memorial service for Robert Powell will be held at Mountain View United Methodist Church at 1101 Rampart Range Rd in Woodland Park at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 22. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that memorial donations be made in his name to the following organizations; the Prison Dog Program in Canon City, the Woodland Music Series, or Mountain View United Methodist Church in Woodland Park.