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Bow Doc,...

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rattlesnake 07-Sep-17
MStyles 07-Sep-17
richbat 07-Sep-17
glittergoat 07-Sep-17
Cameron Root 07-Sep-17
Renewed Archer 07-Sep-17
BATMAN 07-Sep-17
60 Cowboy 07-Sep-17
LightPaw 07-Sep-17
RymanCat 07-Sep-17
bfisherman11 07-Sep-17
sheepdogreno 07-Sep-17
Barber 07-Sep-17
Pa Steve 07-Sep-17
jimreed 07-Sep-17
kodiaklectomy 07-Sep-17
Blackstick 07-Sep-17
Trooper 07-Sep-17
Keefers 07-Sep-17
BIG BEAR 07-Sep-17
kodiak t/d 07-Sep-17
RymanCat 07-Sep-17
RymanCat 07-Sep-17
robert carter 07-Sep-17
Redheadtwo 07-Sep-17
rattlesnake 07-Sep-17
MStyles 07-Sep-17
BIG BEAR 07-Sep-17
ron w 07-Sep-17
rattlesnake 07-Sep-17
White Falcon 07-Sep-17
Buzz 07-Sep-17
R. Combs 07-Sep-17
bodymanbowyer 07-Sep-17
George D. Stout 07-Sep-17
AlanH 07-Sep-17
kodiaklectomy 07-Sep-17
mgerard 07-Sep-17
4nolz@work 07-Sep-17
crookedstix 07-Sep-17
Bones44 07-Sep-17
pops 07-Sep-17
R. Combs 07-Sep-17
R. Combs 07-Sep-17
R. Combs 07-Sep-17
Shoe 07-Sep-17
stagetek 07-Sep-17
Pointer 07-Sep-17
RymanCat 07-Sep-17
Grimesville Assassin 07-Sep-17
Grimesville Assassin 07-Sep-17
RymanCat 07-Sep-17
R. Combs 07-Sep-17
Rocky 07-Sep-17
4nolz@work 07-Sep-17
BIB 07-Sep-17
Trap 07-Sep-17
Cameron Root 07-Sep-17
sake3 07-Sep-17
Recurve Crafter ™ 07-Sep-17
Zepnut 07-Sep-17
Frisky 07-Sep-17
Gramps 07-Sep-17
Caddo 07-Sep-17
bearfootin 07-Sep-17
wingman 07-Sep-17
WillMac 07-Sep-17
Catsailor 07-Sep-17
4nolz@work 07-Sep-17
Kodiak 07-Sep-17
Farmer 07-Sep-17
BigStriper 07-Sep-17
Jason D 07-Sep-17
Ben 07-Sep-17
yeager 07-Sep-17
Dao 07-Sep-17
Hookedspur 07-Sep-17
blake1084 07-Sep-17
4nolz@work 07-Sep-17
Hookedspur 07-Sep-17
Recurve Crafter ™ 07-Sep-17
4nolz@work 07-Sep-17
Hookedspur 07-Sep-17
Shag 07-Sep-17
badger 07-Sep-17
Dan W 08-Sep-17
rare breed 08-Sep-17
cacciatore 08-Sep-17
Stoner 08-Sep-17
Jim D 08-Sep-17
Riverwolf 08-Sep-17
buckabow 08-Sep-17
neuse 08-Sep-17
Lucas 08-Sep-17
Hookedspur 08-Sep-17
Bob W. 08-Sep-17
Babbling Bob 08-Sep-17
nomo 08-Sep-17
Percy 08-Sep-17
hawkeye in PA 08-Sep-17
Hunt OH 08-Sep-17
kurtbel5 08-Sep-17
Stiknstring 08-Sep-17
arlone 08-Sep-17
Caddo 08-Sep-17
Hookedspur 08-Sep-17
Clinton Gowin 08-Sep-17
Tom Baldwin 08-Sep-17
BIG BEAR 08-Sep-17
Tom Baldwin 08-Sep-17
BIG BEAR 08-Sep-17
The Lost Mohican 08-Sep-17
blue monday 08-Sep-17
manybows 08-Sep-17
throwback 08-Sep-17
BIG BEAR 08-Sep-17
Yellow Dog 08-Sep-17
BIG BEAR 08-Sep-17
mangonboat 08-Sep-17
Brad Lehmann 08-Sep-17
rare breed 09-Sep-17
vintage-bears 09-Sep-17
Hookedspur 09-Sep-17
Ron LaClair 09-Sep-17
Shawn 09-Sep-17
GLF 09-Sep-17
Arrowflinger 09-Sep-17
BIG BEAR 09-Sep-17
Ken Taylor 09-Sep-17
Alaskabowhunter 09-Sep-17
Yunwiya 09-Sep-17
Hookedspur 11-Sep-17
bluesman 11-Sep-17
KDdog 11-Sep-17
RymanCat 11-Sep-17
George Tsoukalas 11-Sep-17
Hookedspur 11-Sep-17
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ImBraveheart 13-Sep-17
From: rattlesnake
Date: 07-Sep-17




Unfortunately friends we lost Bowdoc an archery Master Craftsman, hunter, and friend.! Thoughts go out too the family...he will Truely be missed...RIP..!

From: MStyles
Date: 07-Sep-17




RIP Bowdoc, You'll be missed.

From: richbat
Date: 07-Sep-17




RIP Doc

From: glittergoat
Date: 07-Sep-17




Ugh - RIP Bowdoc

From: Cameron Root
Date: 07-Sep-17




Rip

From: Renewed Archer
Date: 07-Sep-17




That is a big loss. I never met or talked with him but always learned from his comments. RIP.

From: BATMAN Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Sep-17




DAMN! AND OTHER BAD WORDS! Really HATE to hear it! Rest In Peace, Bowdoc.

From: 60 Cowboy
Date: 07-Sep-17




My prayers go out to this fine gentleman's family. RIP Bowdoc

From: LightPaw
Date: 07-Sep-17




RIP, sorry to hear of this; never a way to express the loss in words.

From: RymanCat
Date: 07-Sep-17




What are you serious???????????? Don was just on here a couple weeks ago and said to me was I making it up to QB this spring . I said hoped to if I can stay healthy enough.

Darn Don sorry to here this it blows me away. Anymore it seems us old fellers are leaving steadily.

Lord watch over family and close friends and and give them courage and soften the sting of their loss of Don. We pray and hope all things in the name of Jesus.

Amen

Wow this is hard to imagine right now.

From: bfisherman11 Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Sep-17




Bowdoc will be missed. Years ago he refinished a 71 Super K for me. He was a pleasure to work with and a craftsman.

God Bless you BD.

Bill

From: sheepdogreno
Date: 07-Sep-17




Sad news for sure...rest easy

From: Barber
Date: 07-Sep-17




Sorry to hear , my prayers go out to his family and close friends

From: Pa Steve
Date: 07-Sep-17




Prayers go out to his family. He refinished a few bows for my brother. Always top notch work. RIP

From: jimreed
Date: 07-Sep-17




Never got a chance to meet him but, I feel like I just lost a good friend. Prayers for his soul and his family.

From: kodiaklectomy
Date: 07-Sep-17




Wow I just found out a few minutes ago....so sad. Known Donnie for over 35 years. What a sad, sad day. Fun, warm, and totally salt of the earth. I will miss you big time my friend! See you someday. I am blown away

From: Blackstick Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Sep-17




Bad news indeed! I looked for him at Denton Hill but never ran into him.

From: Trooper
Date: 07-Sep-17




Wow! Sad news! Another legend lost!

From: Keefers
Date: 07-Sep-17




Prayers for his family and friends for sure..A true master bow re finisher and wasn't afraid to share his secrets on how he did things. In Jesus name I pray for all that were close and friends to Don.

From: BIG BEAR
Date: 07-Sep-17




Very sad. He refinished bows for me too. I will cherish them.

From: kodiak t/d
Date: 07-Sep-17




Very sad news! Prayers for his family!!

From: RymanCat
Date: 07-Sep-17




Looked over on gang and didn't see any mention of it yet? Any details. I still am in shock like you Rich. I sent Tom Phillips a message and he didn't get back to me yet.

Wow hope we all me on the other side of the river.

From: RymanCat
Date: 07-Sep-17




meet

From: robert carter
Date: 07-Sep-17




Sad news. Prayers sent.

From: Redheadtwo
Date: 07-Sep-17




Sad news to hear. I never had the pleasure of having him work on any of my bows.

From: rattlesnake
Date: 07-Sep-17




The only details I have was I read it on my Facebook page...I will find out more as we go, just wanted to share what I learned here with all his dear friends...I hope I haven't stepped out of bounds.?..I was as shock as everyone..

From: MStyles
Date: 07-Sep-17




Two members of the club I belong to have bows refinished by Bowdoc. Needless to say his refinish was better than the original. The quality of his work set the standard I try to go for when I refinish bows. I'm not even close.

From: BIG BEAR
Date: 07-Sep-17




Don told me that before he started refinishing bows..... he used to specialize in refinishing the wood on shotguns. He refinished a single shot shotgun that my dad handed down to me that is over a hundred years old. It will be handed down to one of my kids someday....... Rest In Peace Don. I'm sure Fred Bear is waiting to shake your hand a greet you and thank you for all the fine work you did in bringing many many many of his classic bows back to life.

From: ron w
Date: 07-Sep-17




Man that sucks.......met him in Quebec on a bear hunt, rough around the edges but a true bowhunter and a heck of a Historian. I really liked to hear his stories about years gone by. I am sad........

From: rattlesnake
Date: 07-Sep-17




Just checked, it was posted on one of my traditional archery sites,,,. The only news I have is he lost his beloved wonderful wife Linda six months ago or so, and now he's with her.....such a wonderful man, I just know there together in heaven....I'm going on a bear hunt this afternoon , doc will be with me in heart....will be thinking of him and his family..

From: White Falcon
Date: 07-Sep-17




RIP Bowdoc.

From: Buzz
Date: 07-Sep-17




Sad news.

My condolences.

From: R. Combs
Date: 07-Sep-17




RIP bowdoc, I was at bear camp in Quebec in June with him. He kept us laughing the whole week. I'm glad that I had the pleasure to meet him!!!

Rick

From: bodymanbowyer
Date: 07-Sep-17




RIP bowdoc :-( JF

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Sep-17




So sorry to hear that news.

From: AlanH Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Sep-17




RIP Doc, My prayers go out to your family. You will be missed:(...Al

From: kodiaklectomy
Date: 07-Sep-17

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circa 1992

From: mgerard Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Sep-17




He seemed like a genuine straight shooter. Not enough of those around anymore. RIP

From: 4nolz@work
Date: 07-Sep-17




Wow.Has it been confirmed? I hate the thought of him passing away feeling like some of his stuff had been used without his permission.RC I doubt "the gang" is going to have much to say about Bowdoc.

A true icon.Sad news.

From: crookedstix
Date: 07-Sep-17




It was so nice to see him posting again this summer; I had hopes that he might be with us for a few more years. I certainly learned a lot from him, and really enjoyed all that personality that came shining through in everything he posted. One of a kind, for sure.

From: Bones44
Date: 07-Sep-17




Very sad news. He's been such a great help to folks and did such beautiful work. RIP sir

From: pops Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Sep-17




RIP he will be missed

From: R. Combs
Date: 07-Sep-17

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Picture from bear camp

From: R. Combs
Date: 07-Sep-17

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From: R. Combs
Date: 07-Sep-17




Not sure why pics are coming out sideways

From: Shoe
Date: 07-Sep-17




X2 What Jimreed said, I never got the chance to meet him, but I feel like I have just lost a good friend. Prayers for his soul and his family. Rest in Peace Don.

From: stagetek Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 07-Sep-17




So very sad to read this. Quite a bit of his great work rests in my bow racks. May he rest as well.

From: Pointer
Date: 07-Sep-17




Damn shame ...he was a real good guy

From: RymanCat
Date: 07-Sep-17




Maybe not Mike but I texted Tom Phillips and asked him what happened? Dons daughter found him in house dead and called Tom to let him know. This is rough I hope if it was HT it was quick and no suffering.

Better than factory refinish welp like x 100 times. factory finishes usually suck I would say.

Usually we all have our quirks. Can you be a trad archer and not be a little weird? LOL

Maybe God wants him to refinish some of his bows now Don gets to refinish the golden bow maybe? Just think who he is going to be a around and be with his wife now. No more pain or sorrow either. TY Lord for hearing our prayers and thoughts.

From: Grimesville Assassin
Date: 07-Sep-17

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From: Grimesville Assassin
Date: 07-Sep-17

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From: RymanCat
Date: 07-Sep-17




QB palace looks like.

From: R. Combs
Date: 07-Sep-17




Thanks

From: Rocky
Date: 07-Sep-17




Rest in peace Donnie. You will surely be missed.

From: 4nolz@work
Date: 07-Sep-17




Well I guess it's confirmed.A sad day for the trad community.

From: BIB
Date: 07-Sep-17




Rip

From: Trap
Date: 07-Sep-17




Thank You Doc for sharing your knowledge and expertise with so many of us.

RIP Doc!!!!!

From: Cameron Root
Date: 07-Sep-17




He recently commented on one of my posts liking big feathers. I have 2 bows that he put his magic to. 56 kodiac and a 71 sk. I am very honored with that much. Sad but happy he will be with his wife. Rooty

From: sake3
Date: 07-Sep-17




The beautiful work he did is a rare legacyIt's not that easy to build a good reputation let alone an outstanding one.Another sad loss to our community.

From: Recurve Crafter ™ Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Sep-17




Very sad news.

Bow Doc was one of a kind. A very interesting and colorful character.

I always enjoyed reading his posts here on the Leatherwall (and on Trad Gang before they locked him out).

My condolences to his family and loved ones.

From: Zepnut Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Sep-17

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Denton Hills 2002 David Harby - Al Reader - Joe Naske - Chris (Forget last name) and Bowdoc Trad Gang was never the same without Don. X's 2 Trap

RIP Don

From: Frisky
Date: 07-Sep-17




A sad day indeed, but even those of us who didn't know him personally can celebrate the legacy he left through his work. RIP.

Joe

From: Gramps
Date: 07-Sep-17




Prayers for the family and friends

From: Caddo
Date: 07-Sep-17




Rest In Peace my friend. You will be missed more than you'll ever know.

LD

From: bearfootin Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Sep-17




Never met him, but saw him on the bear quest DVD by Bill Langer.seemed like a very likeable guy. Lloyd

From: wingman
Date: 07-Sep-17




Truly sad news of someone who will be missed in numerous ways. Never met him in person but have a 69 SK he refinished. Felt it was a keeper before but now more so.

From: WillMac
Date: 07-Sep-17




My sincere condolences to his family and friends. A man's measure is how he's touched the lives of others. He will be remembered.

From: Catsailor
Date: 07-Sep-17




Prayers for his family. Everyone is familiar with the handle "Bowdoc".

From: 4nolz@work
Date: 07-Sep-17




I think he used The Little Delta bow on a bear hunt in Canada?

From: Kodiak
Date: 07-Sep-17




Wow...

I looked at the thread title and hoped it wasn't this very thing.

Man, what a bummer. RIP

From: Farmer
Date: 07-Sep-17




RIP DON an thank you for your beautiful work .

From: BigStriper
Date: 07-Sep-17




I didn't know Don,all I knew of him was that he was a nice guy and he sure knew how to bring a Bow back to life with his Refinish work. He will be missed by all of us for the things he done and the information he passed on.Enjoy yourself while you can because we don't know how long we might be here.RIP.

Kurt

From: Jason D
Date: 07-Sep-17




So creative and generous with his work! He's been one of my bow refinishing gurus. He'll be missed by many including me. May his family and all of us find some peace and may Don rest in peace.

From: Ben
Date: 07-Sep-17




Don was a fun guy to be around. Could tell stories non-stop and you'd be entertained by all of them. I liked him from the first time I met him. RIP my friend.

From: yeager
Date: 07-Sep-17




So sorry to hear the sad news. Don will truly be missed. He was a master at bringing a bow back to life. His "Restoration 101" is a masterpiece. RIP, Don.

From: Dao
Date: 07-Sep-17




_/\_

From: Hookedspur Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Sep-17

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I got the call from Tom Phillipse this afternoon. Sad news. He will be missed. A lot of archery history went with him. I wrote his name on a cedar arrow and shit in in the air with my '73 Grizzly. RIP Bowdoc

From: blake1084
Date: 07-Sep-17




Dang. Rest in Heaven

From: 4nolz@work
Date: 07-Sep-17




Dang Hookedspur that's a dedication.I bet Bowdocs lol somewhere.

From: Hookedspur Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Sep-17




4nolz, BD was a good buddy. Not many people can make me belly laugh. Bowdoc could. If it weren't for him, I probably would not have married my wife.

From: Recurve Crafter ™ Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Sep-17




Yep 4nolz, with Bowdoc's sense of humor, I'm sure he would have gotten a kick out of that typo. :^)

It's funny how changing just one letter in a word can paint a whole different picture in the mind.

From: 4nolz@work
Date: 07-Sep-17




He was a true icon.

From: Hookedspur Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Sep-17




Ha!! I just caught that!! Ole Bowdoc is laughing at me!!

From: Shag
Date: 07-Sep-17




RIP Bowdoc. I learned a lot about bow restoration from him on various threads.

I got a huge laugh from your typo Hookedspur...still laughing. Happy accident to lighten the mood a little.

From: badger
Date: 07-Sep-17




I know he will be missed by many, I only knew Doc from here but always enjoyed reading his posts and seeing his work.

From: Dan W
Date: 08-Sep-17




One of the really good guys. So damned sad to see him go- he will be missed, for sure. RIP, Don BOWDOC Ward! :-(

From: rare breed
Date: 08-Sep-17




A huge loss!! A legend has passed among us. Talked to Don a number of times back in the mid-90s. He was a wealth of knowledge, an "old school" pro cut from a rank of smooth suede and cold steel. Had a way about him that was so disarming but as real as a sunrise. I met Don through Larry St. Laurent, the man who "taught" Don how to really perfect the craft. I still have a Fred Bear 68 Super Kodiak that was one of Larry's personal bows. Beyond gorgeous; sleek, smooth, quiet as a jaguar. Don picked up the torch after Larry moved on and never looked back. He made his own name for himself. Just so, so sad to hear of this. Rest In Peace, brave brother...

From: cacciatore Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 08-Sep-17




A well of knowledge a character for sure he will be rememberes

From: Stoner
Date: 08-Sep-17




As the deer thirsts for the waters of the cool brook, so longs my soul for thee oh Lord. Psalms 42:1

RIP. John

From: Jim D
Date: 08-Sep-17




My condolences. RIP Don.

From: Riverwolf
Date: 08-Sep-17




Hookedspur ...someone surely guided those typing fingers ;)

Sorry to hear of Bowdoc's passing....He was heavily involved in a way of life we all love ...evidently making many a friend along the path . His work will be cherished and shared for generations ..........Sincerest condolences to family and friends.

...peace brother.

From: buckabow
Date: 08-Sep-17




RIP DON! [he was one of the best.]

From: neuse
Date: 08-Sep-17




RIP Bowdoc. You will be missed.

From: Lucas
Date: 08-Sep-17




Sad to hear. May he find peace.

From: Hookedspur Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 08-Sep-17




River Wolf, I thought the same thing.!!

I actually feel sorry for the people who never met him personally. He'd talk your ear off but it was all good stuff!! AND then when he had a real audience he was hysterical!!

From: Bob W.
Date: 08-Sep-17




How sad to hear this, B.D. Will be missed by so many! God bless him and his family. Rest in peace Bowdoc!

From: Babbling Bob Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 08-Sep-17




RIP Bow Doc

From: nomo
Date: 08-Sep-17




Earth's loss. RIP Bow Doc.

From: Percy
Date: 08-Sep-17




Spent a week in bear camp with BD, he truly was one of a kind. RIP Doc

From: hawkeye in PA
Date: 08-Sep-17




Sad news for sure, Prayers for the family, RIP Bowdoc.

From: Hunt OH
Date: 08-Sep-17




Glenn, Tom called me yesterday morning as well. I was supposed to go down bear hunting with Tom this weekend. Opting out due to this news. My sincere condolences to all his family and friends. Shane

From: kurtbel5
Date: 08-Sep-17




Well Damn, Don was one of a kind. He taught a whole bunch of us how to treat a refinish. RIP Don

From: Stiknstring
Date: 08-Sep-17




Knew him well, hunted elk with him for 20+ years... He really would have liked that typo, used to say he would rather be shot at and missed than shat at and hit.

From: arlone Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 08-Sep-17




My condolences to his family and loved ones. Sounds like a life well lived and a big loss to the trad community.

From: Caddo
Date: 08-Sep-17




Sean, That couldn't have come out any more perfect! Bowdoc is getting a kick out of that one!

LD

From: Hookedspur Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 08-Sep-17




Ha Larry, you're right there!! I've been running through "the best of Bowdoc " in my mind and I just keep laughing out loud. My wife thinks I'm nuts

From: Clinton Gowin
Date: 08-Sep-17




Hmmm....that was a funny typo. Sad that another seasoned veteran of many seasons has passed. It would be nice if the good guys could last forever. I am sure he is resting easy now. May the good Lord help his family and friends deal with this loss. God bless!

From: Tom Baldwin Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 08-Sep-17




I just wrote this for the Traditional Bowhunters of WA newsletter:

I lost a friend this week. While he was proud of his Bowdoc persona, I called him Don or Donnie. While I’d get frustrated at how difficult it was to get him to call me back, I always felt close to him, no matter how long since our last talk. I used to tease him about cultivating his “mystique”, like Garbo or Brando(keep ‘em hungering for more!). If that was true, it worked with me-I always knew it was a matter of taking advantage of the time I had with him! Donnie had a surprising wealth of knowledge about archery history and collectibles. On top of that, he had a rare talent for rehabilitating classic bows in a way that enhanced their value as well as their beauty. That is how most folks knew of him, but it’s not all he was. Don brought on most of his own problems(he wasn’t alone there!). In many ways, he wasn’t a fine example of moral rectitude. But, his outlook was generally positive and uniquely comical. To me he was one of those funny characters that adds a different kind of enjoyment to life. I just LIKED being with him! I have said it about him many times: I always came away from a conversation with Don laughing. And I often laughed out loud for some time afterwards! If he had been less of a free spirit, he wouldn’t have the same place in my memories. Rest in Peace, Donnie. Tom

From: BIG BEAR
Date: 08-Sep-17




I never met him. Any correspondence I had with him was here and via the mail as a client of his refinishing.... Please tell us more about Don those of you who knew him. Until seeing pictures of him on this thread I only had ideas of what he might look like..... How old was he ?? If I'm not mistaken he was missing an eye, or am I thinking about someone else ?? Someone mentioned a week or so ago that his doctor told him to stop refinishing bows.... Was he sick ?? Thank you for sharing his story......For those of us who only knew him from here or having a bow refinished by "Bowdoc "....

From: Tom Baldwin Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 08-Sep-17




Well, I had at least 35-40 bows redone by Donnie. Many had been done for others, before they came to me. Not saying anyone should refinish a bow that doesn't need it, but in 40 years I came across many that were rare, desirable, and had been mistreated in some way. Donnie made them well again. He was unimposing, small in stature, cackled and cussed sometimes far too loudly. Old? He looked like maybe a hundred and ten! This was not a guy who treated his body like it was a temple! Banned substances had been a part of his life in the distant(?) past...I don't think he made any excuses for that.

Linda Ward, Don's wife, had fought a very serious illness for years, finally passing away this spring. Don never appeared to be real healthy, but the only really serious problem I knew about came from the heart attack a couple of years ago. He had not lost an eye when I saw him last-you may be thinking of James Berry. Yes, Don's doctor did tell him to stop refinishing bows-whether because of the heart or the refinishing materials/processes, I don't know. In any case, I think he cared for Linda very much. It is not appropriate to assume you know what is going on in someone else's life/mind, but I've learned there is a benefit to a life lived large, with many interests and pursuits to follow. Without that, one can end up lonely, depressed, and unfulfilled pretty easily. I know, too much melodrama, but it offers an answer to what may have happened to some folks I've known.

From: BIG BEAR
Date: 08-Sep-17




Thank you for that sir.

From: The Lost Mohican
Date: 08-Sep-17




Godspeed Don. TLM

From: blue monday Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 08-Sep-17




Glad I had him sign my bow. Rest in peace buddy.

From: manybows
Date: 08-Sep-17




Rest in peace my brother of the bow, Don was a master craftsman and refinished at least 8 bows for me down thru the years and I stopped by his place when I was in Seattle visiting my son and enjoyed our visiting for an hour or so. Don was one of a kind and will be missed by many.

From: throwback
Date: 08-Sep-17




Wow, I'm sorry to hear this. I didn't know Don, other than through his posts and his reputation here. Prayers for his family. May he rest in peace.

From: BIG BEAR
Date: 08-Sep-17

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1955 Kodiak...... Thanks Don.

From: Yellow Dog Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 08-Sep-17

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Donnie, comical, sometimes elusive and a heart of gold. Rest In Peace my friend......

From: BIG BEAR
Date: 08-Sep-17

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Late 1800's Hopkins & Allen 12 Ga; A family heirloom handed down to me by my dad...... Thanks Don for bringing it back to life. You will not be forgotten.....

From: mangonboat
Date: 08-Sep-17




Bowdoc loved bows, celebrated the craftsmanship. A loss to our community, indeed.

From: Brad Lehmann
Date: 08-Sep-17




Reading the tributes written on here, it shows that the guy cut a pretty wide swath in the old bow world. His work has been my inspiration to get my restore quality up to a higher level. I have a couple of his restores on my racks. It is funny how some people do not have to sign their work but everyone knows who did it. RIP Bowdoc!

From: rare breed
Date: 09-Sep-17




I'm still not over it....

From: vintage-bears
Date: 09-Sep-17




Rest In Peace Don

From: Hookedspur Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 09-Sep-17




The little guy would be crying his eyes out reading all this!!

From: Ron LaClair Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 09-Sep-17




Don finished several bows for me, one in particular a rare LH A riser that had been left in a shed with a leaky roof. The finish was gone, the metal was rusted and it looked like it was ready for the dumpster. When I got it back from Don I couldn't believe what he had done for that bow. He had a rare talent and a desire to restore bows that had been abused... he will be missed.

Thanks Tom for a closer look at a man that some of us only knew casually. RIP Don

From: Shawn
Date: 09-Sep-17




One of the unique guys in this sport and a true craftsman!! RIP bud! Shawn

From: GLF
Date: 09-Sep-17




I never had the privilege of meeting him but archery seems somehow different for me just knowing he's gone. I,'ve been shooting 52 years and can't remember a time he wasn't in it. Even way before the internet I used to see his ads in bow and arrow and see or hear him mentioned alot. My prayers go out to his family and his many, many friends.

From: Arrowflinger
Date: 09-Sep-17




Very sorry to hear this. God bless him and his family.

From: BIG BEAR
Date: 09-Sep-17

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This is a Black Panther Hunter that I found in an antique shop for ten bucks. It was in horrible shape and was actually missing a large section of glass.... I felt that this bow deserved the magic of Bowdoc. When I got it back from him it honestly looked like a brand new bow from the factory. I told him that I was certain that Fred Bear was smiling upon him with every one of his classic bows that Don breathed life back into.

From: Ken Taylor
Date: 09-Sep-17




Sad news.

Thoughts and prayers to his family.

I never met him in person but I will miss his contributions and his presence.

From: Alaskabowhunter
Date: 09-Sep-17




Be at peace my friend, Don, your passion, knowledge and craftsmanship will be greatly missed. I'll hunt this year with one of take downs you worked your magic on... You'll never know how much I appreciated the time and effort you shared with me over the last 20 years... always welcome at my campfire...

From: Yunwiya
Date: 09-Sep-17




From: Bowdoc Private Reply Date: 07-Aug-17

So long as the new moon returns in heavens A bent beautiful bow so long will the fascination of archery keep hold of the hearts of men Maurice Thompson 1878

Amen, Dr. Ward. You will be missed more than you knew.

From: Hookedspur Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 11-Sep-17

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From: bluesman
Date: 11-Sep-17




great guy....

hope there's plenty of game to hunt and bows for you to fix in the afterlife

From: KDdog
Date: 11-Sep-17




Beautiful work, an inspiration and legend indeed. RIP

From: RymanCat
Date: 11-Sep-17




I kept thinking about doc all this weekend while I was hunting thinking whats up with all this OMG. I was praying for his daughter too we don't know what is next any of us so we might as well enjoy it while its hear and give thanks for what little time and what we do have anyways if we like it or not.

It just goes to show as wild as someone can be there's inside a little boy who wants to get out. We can do many things and cover up some things so others don't see through and use all sorts of camo so the wolf don't see us.

This is sad for sure and a great loss as we all do know and it will be felt for many years but I suppose Doc lived as free as he could and now to be with his wife his life circle came completed. I'd love to trade places with him.

Lord take care of the Doc clan and help those to understand him who didn't and rest them now that suffer from his loss that they are gone. He's in a place where he don't have to deal with any sickness or sorrow that was in this world.

Don save a spot for me along the trail and watch over all of us rest in peace we will hopefully meet somewhere in the golden bush.

From: George Tsoukalas
Date: 11-Sep-17




So sorry. Eternal be his memory. George

From: Hookedspur Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 11-Sep-17




Yea Raymond Cat, it took me the weekend to process it. I had a few good laughs thinking back on some of the bear hunts

From: Dubber
Date: 11-Sep-17




RIP Sir, God Speed

From: bradsmith2010santafe
Date: 11-Sep-17




prayers sent

From: mgerard Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 11-Sep-17




I didn't see Terry Green or Ray lyon comment on the thread on TradBang! RIP BowDoc.

From: ImBraveheart
Date: 13-Sep-17




Thursday Sept.7th in the morning instantly became a sad day when I got a call from Bowdoc's oldest daughter that Bowdoc had passed the day before.Over the past 22 years I was fortunate to have become a very close friend of Bowdoc's even though we lived 3000 miles apart.I first became acquanted with him when I needed to speak to him about doing some repair work on a Kodiak Compass bow and things blossomed from there.I got to hunt in the Cascades with him,spend a little time in his shop,meet his family as well.He had become the Official camp cook & entertainment for about 12 out of the past 14 years of Bear camp in Quebec with all Stick & Stringers from all walks of life were he kept us fed well and made us laugh alot of times from sunup to sundown.Some of the things I will miss about him are the serious talks we had about life & death,his friendship with Glenn St.Charles,how he loved his wife,his kids & grandkids.I cherish the cool knife he made out of saw blade that he put Moose antler scales on,the leather wrist compass,the bowhunters kit & file sheath to name a few things he gifted to me over the years.The memories with him is what I cherish close to 25 weeks in Bear Camp,350+ hours driving behind the wheel with him in the passenger seat which made time fly by with all we talked about .............. many hours talking on the phone. I will never forget you PhD of Archery AKA "Bowdoc" Love your son No-Neck.





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