Kim Vaughn Sowards was born August 4th, 1954 in Alamosa, and passed away on Sunday May 15th at the age of 67 at the Rio Grande Inn Nursing Home in La Jara. His parents were Vaugh N. and Dorthy Gylling Sowards. They thought of Kim as their “miracle child” as they were not blessed with children after 8 years of marriage. After serving a mission in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for 2 years, they returned home and Dorthy received a blessing from her father Walt Gylling, Vaughn and the Mesa Arizona Temple President. Vaughn states in his history, “And so it was an answer to prayer, and we remembered that our Heavenly Father can perform miracles if we are faithful and true to the covenants we’ve made. He will bless us according to His desires and according to His will.” Later Kim was born, he was premature and had to stay in the hospital for a least a month. His youth was spent in Manassa and he lived in the house across the street east of the church. His family later moved to Mesa, Arizona where he graduated from Westwood High School. He was called on a mission to Oakland, California. He started having health issues while serving his mission and had to return home. His health was later diagnosed as Cronh’s Disease which resulted in more than 30 surgeries and endless days in hospitals from the time that he was 19. If anyone knows how to endure to the end, it would be Kim. He never complained, but always had a little chuckle and a positive attitude. During COVID he was asked to give a talk on Zoom for 1st Ward Sacrament Meeting. He was very humble and expressed his gratitude for his many blessings. He bore a powerful testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel and of his love for the Savior Jesus Christ. His greatest joy was his family. He loved animals and had a dog which is named Kimo. A highlight of his life was during Pioneer Days when he worked at the rodeo selling tickets. Kim is preceded in death by his parents Vaughn N. and Dorthy Sowards and his brother Ricky. Kim is survived by his brother Lee Walter Sowards, his nieces: Jessica, Kelsey, Amanda, Brooke, Brianne and nephews: Brandon, Clinton and Auston.

Kim’s family wishes to express their love and thanks for he acts of kindness and care shown to Kim through the years and especially at this time. In lieu of flowers, please donate for mortuary expenses. Mail to PO Box 450, Manassa, CO 81141.


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