Friends, family reflect on UW student’s life

Laramie Boomerang News | NURIA MATHOG
Joe McGowan | Photo courtesy of Anne McGowan

Today, Joe McGowan would have turned 22.

The former University of Wyoming student was just 21 when he was fatally struck at a Halloween party Nov. 1; a Casper man, Dalton Dale Williams, was sentenced to three-five years in prison in August in connection with the crime.

Nearly a year later, Joe’s legacy lives on — through his friends, family and, more recently, a fund established in his name.

The Joe McGowan fund was created in June with donations the McGowan family received shortly after Joe’s death. The fund, which is sponsored by the Wyoming Community Foundation, plans to benefit organizations supporting art, youth and the outdoors in Wyoming, and donations are accepted through the fund website,, or through checks mailed to the foundation.

“We wanted to do something positive that commemorated Joe and his zest for life, his quiet, kindhearted spirit,” said Anne McGowan, Joe’s mother. “He had a number of interests — primarily art and sports. We thought it was something we could do that was a permanent tribute to him.” Continue reading

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