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Obituary for Cody James Donahue
Cody J. Donahue, loving Husband and Father, 34 of Parker, CO passed away Friday, Nov 25th around 2:00 pm while preforming his duties as a Colorado State Trooper. He was struck by a careless driver while investigating a crash on I-25 south of Castle Rock.
Cody was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He was an exuberant kid who wore through the tires on his big wheel. He loved water skiing, four wheelers, and snowmobiling. He was a gentle giant who loved kids and helping people. He was always the designated driver for his friends, making sure everyone got home safely. He met the love of his life, Velma Dusper, right after graduating High School. He was immediately head over heels; although it took him two more months to ask her out. Cody was pursuing an Engineering Degree at University of North Dakota when he and Velma got married three years later and moved to Denver, Colorado. They had their first daughter shortly after he joined the Colorado State Patrol and their second daughter three years later.
Cody was extremely hard working, honorable, and genuinely kind. He was so honest he even gave his own wife a ticket. He was always happy to lend a tool or stop what he was doing to lend a hand. He loved being a Daddy and teaching his daughters to ride a bike, build a snowman, and rock climb. He loved taking them out for Sunday morning donuts or making them all pancakes. He always included them when he worked on projects like remodeling the bathroom, building a shed or changing brake pads. He was a husband who unwaveringly believed in his wife and did project after project to create a beautiful home for his family. He was a son who would change the headlights on the car and changed all the batteries in the smoke alarms for his mom. He enjoyed riding motorcycles with his dad. And he was a brother who could always be counted on. He had a great sense of humor and an easy smile. He could set you at ease with a simple shoulder pat and he gave great big hugs. He knew the exact right lawnmower setting for a perfect lawn and he hated doing laundry. Cody was an exemplary Trooper. He took pride in treating every person fairly. And he was the kind of guy who came in when he was sick because he didn’t want his team to be short handed. Cody’s favorite holiday was St.Patrick’s Day and we ask that you remember him in your St. Patty’s Day toasts.
Cody is our angel and his death has left a hole that cannot be filled. He is survived by his wife, Velma Donahue; his children, Leila (10) and Maya (7); his parents, Jim (Bonnie) Donahue and Susan Kauk; his siblings, Erin (Marc) Donahue-Paynter, Colter Donahue, Z (Renee) Dusper; in-laws, Nikica and Emina Dusper; Nieces, Cleopatra and Payton and many more friends and family members.
Thank you to the Colorado State Troopers for their love and support through this difficult time. We ask that everyone take a moment to vow to always move over when passing emergency vehicles on the side of the road. Please don’t let another family lose their beloved because of carelessness.
The Celebration of Life will be held 11:00 am, Friday, December 2nd at Denver First Church of Nazarene, 3800 E Hampden Ave., Englewood.
IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, memorial contributions can be made in Cody’s memory to Flying Wheels Foundation, 15055 South Golden Road, Golden, Colorado 80401.