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William Cooter Stewart


1953 - 2018 Obituary Condolences Gallery
William Cooter Stewart Obituary
July 14, 1953 - November 3, 2018

Well buckaroos and buckarettes, my time here in this body has bagged its last rodeo, sunrise, sunset, mountain peak, ocean break, spring, summer, fall and has settled in on winter.

I have set sail on the great mystery and journey that I have pondered on for quite some time. I was privileged to have had a wonderful and creative life, full of boundless pleasure and deep sorrow. I was the father to two beautiful children, Wilton Todd Stewart and Elizabeth Doane Stewart. Both independent and strong. I was privileged to be married to their mother, Kimberly Doane Stewart who passed in 1994. From there, by divine intervention, I met and married Pamela Beckedorf Stewart, with whom I shared more adventures then I could have ever imagined.

Oh, the joys I have had in this life. Great family, friends, peaks, powder, bikes, dogs of distinction, dancing, bands and a career in following my heart. I learned early on to flow with the river and avoid fighting the current. Love, as it turns out, is all you need. I was a lucky boy!

No need to belabor on much more because I will be back before you know it, to start all over again. Look for that person with a guitar, a grin, a soulful voice and a dream.

I would like to close with this beautifully crafted verse and chorus from a song named, "The Cape".

Old and grey with a floursack cape

Tied all around his head

He's still jumpin' off the garage

Will be till he's dead

All these years the people said

He's actin' like a kid

He did not know he could not fly

So he did

He's one of those who knows that life

Is just a leap of faith

Spread your arms and hold your breath

Always trust your cape

Songwriters: Guy Clark / Jim Janosky / Susanna Wallis Clark
Published in The Durango Herald on Nov. 5, 2018
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