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Bob Powell was a community fixture in Woodland Park

November 21, 2014 Updated: November 21, 2014 at 5:27 am
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Bob Powell dedicated his life to helping people.

The Woodland Park resident and psychotherapist was also passionate about music, and when he wasn't counseling, dedicated his time to bringing music to the community through the Woodland Music Series, which he founded.

Powell, 70, died of natural causes on Sunday.

He left behind a collection of 750 CDs that his family is not sure what to do with, said his son, Dustin Powell, a 35-year-old firefighter in Westminster. Powell also loved being a grandfather to 5-month-old Haleigh, Dustin Powell said.

Originally from Kansas, Powell and his wife of 47 years, Carol, moved to Woodland Park in 1994. For the last 20 years, Powell ran his own private psychotherapy practice in Woodland Park. He brought his dog Stella, an Australian cattle dog mix, to work everyday with him, Dustin said.

"He loved helping everybody, and especially people with very unique situations," he said.

In 44 years of psychotherapy work, Powell helped veterans and children who were physically, sexually and emotionally abused. He also did psychological profiling work for the FBI. Over the past 10 years Powell worked as an on-call counselor for Fort Carson soldiers.

Because of a genetic condition, Powell was legally blind and never had a driver's license, though he didn't let his disability hold him back.

"He was very brilliant," said colleague and friend, Marilyn Dougall.

"I know his clients are going to miss him a lot. I think the music community is going to miss him a lot. I'm going to miss him a lot," she said.

A memorial service for Powell will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mountain View United Methodist Church, 1101 Rampart Range Road in Woodland Park.

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