Donald Craig Trowbridge
1950 - 2020
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1950 - December 28, 2020
Donald Craig Trowbridge, age 70, entered eternal life with our Lord on December 28, 2020. Don is survived by his wife, Sandra; two daughters, Kelly, and Kristen; three sons-in-law, Mark, Forrest, and James; five grandchildren, Dean, Hope, Percy, Bodhi, and Braylon. Don is also survived by his older brother, Tom and two sisters, Barbara and Juli.
Don fulfilled his professional dreams of joining the Air Force and becoming an honored pilot. He worked his way through the T37, T38, C141, and his final assignment was in the 89th Air Force at Andrews AFB. He spent the next 15 years as a Manpower officer at Scott AFB, the Pentagon, and retired, as a colonel, after 26.5 years as Director of Manpower at Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB.
Even as a dedicated and determined asset to the Air Force and his country, God and family always came first. His faith and unconditional love for his wife, Sandie was everlasting and steadfast until his last breath. They were joined in Holy Matrimony for 48 years. United, they had three daughters, Deana, Kelly, and Kristen.
As a father, Don displayed what a great husband, father, friend, student, teacher, and responsible worker looks like. Ever-present, no matter how many years passed, Don was always guiding and loving his girls and their families. His daughters and sons-in-law looked up to him, respected him, and loved him dearly. Don's grandchildren heard many stories, making memories sitting on his lap.
Don was a "Mountain of a Man", with a teacher mentality showing his children and younger siblings that "first impressions matter", "find your strengths and play to them", and to always "support and believe in people". Don admired his big brother, Tom, and was always grateful for his help in manifesting his dreams of becoming a pilot.
His time on earth echoed principles in the Bible. He always kept his word, followed through on every obligation, loved unconditionally, believed that anyone could be or do whatever they dreamed, and fought for what God always wanted for us-freedom.
There will be a private family inurnment, followed by a memorial in June. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Lutheran Church 1515 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, Co. 80907 or to Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains (click "give now', look for "in memory of").

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Published in The Gazette on Jan. 14, 2021.
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January 17, 2021
The Buckley AFB military Retiree Activities Office (RAO) would like to offer our sincere condolences and our gratitude for Col Trowbridge's 26 years of distinguished service to our country in the Air Force. If you would like help with any matters related to casualty assistance, Defense Finance & Accounting Service, Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), Veterans Affairs (VA), etc. you can contact our office on Buckley AFB at 720-847-6693. The RAO is staffed by volunteers, all military retirees themselves, and our sole purpose is to provide assistance to any military retirees and surviving spouses/family members with anything related to their military service and/or benefits, in particular during difficult times such as this. We are deeply sorry for your loss.

Steve Young
Lt Col, USAF, Ret
Director, Buckley AFB RAO
Steve Young
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