Kevin Rainier Rowse
Kevin Rainier Rowse
  • June 4, 1986 - January 14, 2018
  • Boulder, Colorado

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June 4, 1986---January 14, 2018

Kevin left this Earth, but leaves behind a legacy of loving kindness, big smiles and easy laughs, and a helpful heart as big as his hugs.

Kevin was born in Portland, OR and grew up in Spokane, WA surrounded by his parents Roger and Ruth Rowse and brother Sam, aunts, uncles, and cousins who were good friends, and a hearty dose of loving grandparents. A big part of their lives was in the outdoors--hiking, camping, swimming, and skiing. Kevin became an avid snowboarder and when he was in high school, began teaching snowboarding. He was also creative-a writer who could paint a picture with words and tell a story with a paintbrush.

Kevin graduated with honors in pre-law from Eastern Washington University. He then grabbed his snowboard and followed his brother Sam to Vail, CO. He also became a boundless bicycler, banjo player, and a self-taught chef and baker. He was a perfectionist and created a dish over and over until it was perfect. His parents, who moved to Boulder, loved being his test kitchen.

Kevin was working as a caregiver at Dignity Care, a job that needed his natural gifts of kindness and consideration. When an accident in his home took Kevin from us, his dog Bee was by side. We are all blessed to have had our short time with him, and his family's hope is that we carry on his legacy and reach out to others as Kevin did.

Kevin is survived by his parents Ruth and Roger Rowse and brother Sam; Aunt Linda and Uncle Mike Cheatham, cousins Shauna and Gabe; Aunt Janet and Uncle John Cole, cousins Mike, Kelly and Molly; Aunt Kitty and Uncle Jim Rowse, cousins Andy, Danny and Amy; Aunt Susan Woehrlin, cousins Jessica, Dustin, Keith and Olivia; Aunt Julie Erickson, cousins Ashley and Chandler; Aunt Mary Kirk and Uncle Ged Thompson; Uncle Jim Kirk, cousin Matt; Aunt Debbie Kirk, cousins Suzannah and Tom; Aunt Jane Kirk; Aunt Pat and Uncle Paul Gerber, cousin Ruthann; Aunt Shelly Jenkins and Uncle Dave Kirk, cousin Adam; Aunt Tanya and Uncle Andy Kirk, cousins Valerie, Jake and Stephanie.