Lt. Col., David Hugh Owen, Jr. was born in Meridian, Miss. on September 29, 1930. He passed away on Monday, June 10, 2019 at Memorial Hermann Hospital of MODS (Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome). He was preceded in death by his father, mother, sister and two children: Antoinette “Toni” Owen, and David Henkel Owen. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 37 years, Martha; daughter Angela Elizabeth; and grandchildren Jennifer Michelle and David Douglas; step children John Willbanks, Shelly Sutterfield, Stacy Horachek and her husband, Peter; his sister-in-law, Carolyn Dixon (of whom he was very fond); as well as four step-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, and many, many friends.
He received a BSME degree from Mississippi State University and an MSAE in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.
During his Air Force career, he directed the development of the first air-to-air guided missile launch and flight computer simulation. Following his Air Force career as a command fighter pilot, he joined NASA and was promoted to deputy division chief of the Space Environment Test Division. During this period, he kept up his flying proficiency by service with the TANG (Texas Air National Guard). He later went into another successful career in commercial real estate development.
In retirement, he enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, bridge, travel and dinners with friends.
David was a Paul Harris Fellow with the Rotary Club of Space Center and past president of the Rotary Club of Seabrook. He was an endowed member of Clear Lake Lodge #1417, AF&AM, past president of the NASA Area Shrine Club and a Past Patron of Seabrook Chapter, #1096, O.E.S.
On Monday June 17th, Visitation is at 2:00 p.m. Service at 3:00 p.m. at Crowder Funeral Home, 111 E. Medical Center Blvd., Webster, TX. Interment to follow at Forest Park East. In lieu of flowers, please remember the Shriners Hospitals for Children.


  1. My deepest sympathy Martha. He was a wonderful person that will be missed by many. I will keep you in my prayers.

    I wish I could come, but I just can’t do funerals yet. Maybe some day, but not yet.
    Call me any time. 281-993-9739. If I can help you anyway just let me know.

    Wanda Mares
    • Thanks, Wanda. Miss seeing you.

      Martha F. Owen
  2. My dear Martha, just read this. Have had out of town company that left today. Hard to believe you have been married 37 years. You have been such a friend to me all of those years. I enjoyed being with you and David so many times. Especially since I moved Alabama. Sorry that I cannot come to hold you. Cal is not where I can leave him. I will call. Love you so much. God’s Peace, Carol

    Carol Hanson
    • Thank you, Carol. Sorry Cal is not well too. We’ll talk soon.

      Martha F. Owen
  3. David was such a loving and devoted husband but also devoted to his friends.
    I am so fortunate to have known him! God Bless You.

    Carolyn T. Myers

    Carolyn T. Myers
  4. I so wished to see him before all this happened. ,I deeply regret your loss and please let me know of his burial day …My loss of seeing him one more time ,I will never forgive , LOL Martha ….. Mike

    William Mike McLaurim
  5. Martha , I did not know David went to Miss State! That is my alma mater as well. No wonder I liked him so much! I am so sorry for your loss & we are here to comfort you in whatever way we can. May God comfort you in your time of loss. Johnny White

    johnny white
  6. Martha, although I never had the opportunity to meet David, Stacey has spoken such kind words about him, I am sorry I never had the chance to meet him. I am sending my deepest condolences. It is amazing what a career David had. And also amazing that y’all had 37 years together. I want to tell you that my thoughts and prayers are with you. 💜

    Jennifer Johnston
  7. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you all. David certainly lived a full and rich life. May the joy of the memories of your time together heal your hearts.

    Sherri Lee
  8. Really nice obit, Mom! We will certainly miss him…see you Sunday

  9. Uncle David was a very good person with an open heart to everyone. The people who knew him will miss having him in their lives. Aunt Martha, you were Uncle David’s strength, support and the love of his life. Hugs.

    Jere McLaurin
    • Thank you, Jere. I’m glad we got to see you on your trip East, and thank you for the kind words.

      Martha F. Owen
  10. Just saw the sad news of the passing of David Owens.
    David was a good friend from Rotary for many years.
    He was a good Rotarian with open heart and a good sense of humor.
    We are in Mexico and sorry will not be able to attend the services.
    Our prayers are with you, Martha and with the rest of the family.

    Mike Hernandez

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