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Dan Bowden was born Feb. 18, 1937, in Weatherford, son of the late Edgar and Emmie Jim Bowden of the W.H. Bowden and Sons Department Store. He graduated with the class of 1955 from Weatherford High School and was inducted into the Weatherford High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Dan received a bachelor's degree in 1959 from SMU, where he played on the SMU Mustang football team that included Don Meredith. He made his career in insurance sales and investments and had served as president of both the SMU Lettermen's Association and Alto Lakes Golf and Country Club in Ruidoso, N.M. Dan was a member of Ridglea Country Club.
Dan loved his family and especially loved attending his grandchildren's sporting events.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors: Sons, Rusty Bowden and wife, Trina, of Crowley, Bobby Bowden and wife, Mary Jane, of Millsap, Mark Bowden of Chicago, Ill., and Brett Bowden and wife, Cyndee, of Aledo; grandchildren, Cody, Bo, Coleman, Ty, Haylee, and Meredith Bowden; sister, Patricia Bane of Weatherford; nephew, Chris Bane and wife, Mandi, and their son, Hunter, of Weatherford; and a host of loving family and friends, including stepchildren, Will Stripling, Kristen Stripling and Trey Hopkins, and stepgrandson, Jack Hopkins.