An 18-year-old Glen Rose woman and her younger sister are having to endure one painful tragedy on top of another after their father’s recent death.
Glen Rose resident David Bowles was pronounced dead at 8:55 p.m. on Oct. 7 at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. He had been on life support since being transported from the scene of a two-vehicle accident Oct. 4, on Davis Road near Granbury.
His oldest daughter, Katherine (“Kat”) Bowles was hospitalized with a traumatic injury to her left arm, which she suffered Sept. 21 in a two-vehicle crash on FM 205 near the entrance to Dinosaur Valley State Park.
Kat was released from JPS two days after her father’s accident. She said that the next day, after being told by doctors that David Bowles would remain in a vegetative state even if he survived, the family made the decision to remove him from life support.
Now Kat is left as the head of the household to take care of her 13-year-old sister Elizabeth, an 8th grader at Glen Rose Junior High School. Kat isn’t the only adult to help in the home because her 20-year-old boyfriend, Chris White, became her fiancee not long after her accident.
Kat, however, said she was a little overwhelmed dealing with everything on top of the grief she’s feeling from losing her father.
“It’s probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life,” said Kat, who attended Glen Rose High School before graduating from Brazos River Charter School last spring. “We’re working through this as a family and we’re not letting any one person deal with it (alone).”
David Bowles was driving his 1998 Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Davis Road at the intersection with Grand Harbor Court in Hood County when a 2015 Ford Escape failed to yield the right-of-way and pulled out in front of him, according to the DPS accident report.
The Ford, driven by Jennifer Eikenhurst, 36, of Granbury was struck on its left side by Bowles’ motorcycle. Bowles flew off the motorcycle and suffered a head injury, according to Kat Bowles.
“He hit his head on the ground,” she told the Glen Rose Reporter. “He died for five minutes and then he was resuscitated and was taken on CareFlite. Then he died for seven minutes and was resuscitated again. Then he had seizures. The doctors said he would never leave the vegetative state.”
Bowles was employed at Blue Stone Natural Resources (formerly Quicksilver), where he had the title of operations manager. Kat said he served in the Air Force for almost two years.
“He knew everyone and talked to everyone,” Kat said of her dad. “He was definitely outgoing. If someone needed help, he would go to the rescue. He was all about making the world brighter.”
John Joffrion, a former Glen Rose resident who also worked in the petroleum industry, said he used to live in Glen Rose and knew David Bowles for more than 10 years.
“He was very outgoing,” Joffrion said. “He was a very loving, caring father and he took care of business.”
Kat said her father never got to experience his big goal of sailing around the world on a catamaran.
“He was getting ready to buy a boat,” she said. “We (family members) were thinking about going with him.”
Kat said she believes that White saved her life when he applied a tourniquet to her arm to stop the bleeding immediately after her crash. She noted that they have not yet set a date for their pending marriage.
She said her father’s body was at Greenwood Funeral Home and will be cremated. A memorial service for David Bowles is scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30, at the VFW on Davis Road near Granbury.
The event will include a silent auction and a barbecue dinner with live entertainment to raise money to benefit his family.
In addition to Kat and Elizabeth, Bowles’ son Timothy also lives in Glen Rose. David’s brother, Monte Boulinghouse, lives in Dickens, and his stepbrother, Bradney and wife Brenda Boultinghouse, reside in Lampasas.