David Wayne Fowler went to be with the Lord on Monday 8/26/19. He is survived by his son David Fowler and his wife Beth Fowler, daughter Judy Rodriguez and husband Art Rodriguez, and grandchildren Julia Rodriguez and Joaquin Rodriguez. David’s wife Donna Fowler was a big part of David’s life, but she passed away on April 16th, 2016. Upon Donna’s passing David W. Fowler went to live with his daughter and son in law in Mansfield, TX and had his son and daughter in law close by in Waxahachie, TX.
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David W. Fowler was a gregarious family man who carried with him a big sense of humor throughout his entire life. David was born March 18th, 1933 in Ballinger, TX. He grew up the youngest of 9 on the family farm and was not a stranger to hard work. David instilled a very good work ethic in his children. David Wayne graduated from Ballinger High School in 1951 where he was a Bearcat football player. Even though his children were San Angelo High School Bobcats, David was a Bearcat football fan his entire life. Also, in 1951 David joined the National Guard Infantry in April which he remained a part of for 10 years. While in the National Guard he qualified as sharpshooter with the M-1 Garand, M-1 Carbine, and marksman with the Colt .45 Auto. While in the National Guard he earned several leadership and performance awards.
In his years after High School he worked for the Texas Highway Department for several years before getting involved in the oilfield with his brother James Fowler. James introduced David to what would be his true passion in life. David worked his way up from the bottom in the oilfield over his lifetime to a high level of leadership out in the field. David worked driving rig trucks and as a rig hand up to driller. He worked most positions out in the field except for geology, but through the years learned quite a lot about drilling formations and well completion. Later in his working years he became an expert at setting up drilling sites, setting up rigs, managing their drilling functions and completion, and then tearing it all down and doing it again. David loved the oilfield, and everything about it aside from the ups and downs in the economy.
David did a good amount of world travelling in the oilfield. He worked in North Africa in Egypt, Libya, and Nigeria, and in the United States he spent quite a bit of time in Oklahoma, Texas, and the Sonora, Texas area. David even helped support Red Adair’s team with logistical support during their efforts to put out oil fires in Kuwait during the first Gulf War. David participated in some of the first horizontal drilling efforts in Texas and achieved several world records for speed at drilling to depth. He finally left his favorite work at the age of 73, but had his knees not given out on him the family is sure David would have continued to work longer.
Despite spending much of his lifetime in the oil patch he was able to make time for his family while his children were growing up. David was very supportive of his children’s efforts in school, music, and dancing. Even though David did not attend college he was a lifelong supporter of the Texas Longhorns as that is where Donna Fowler attended school as well as many Fowlers over the years. Even when the Longhorns were having down years David was an unrelenting fan.
David loved his family immensely, and he always attended family get togethers in Ballinger and San Angelo with his brothers and his wife’s immediate family. David had a very close bond with all his brothers Henry, J.E., Bob, James, and Ross and each of them are special to David’s family including their spouses and children. David was a member of the First Christian Church in San Angelo, TX for many years, and later a devoted member of Trinity Lutheran Church in San Angelo with his brother Ross Fowler and Ross’ wife Johnnie and children. Along with his strong Christian beliefs he also loved music. David always said that in high school he would have rather been in the band if he could have afforded it over being on the football team. Luckily for David Wayne Fowler he married a musician and music teacher and was exposed to wonderful music for the rest of his life, and his children were interested in music as well. David was loved by his family and friends and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Visitation will be held all day on Friday, August 30, 2019 at the funeral home with family present from 6pm to 8pm. Funeral services will be held at 2pm on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church with burial to follow at Old Runnels Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home/ Sherwood Way.
David has requested that in lieu of flowers please make donations to either the Trinity Lutheran School in San Angelo or the San Angelo Community Band.