It is with a heavy heart, and tears of sadness that yesterday we lost a great friend, leader, and founder of BOSS Crane & Rigging to ALS.

David Dwane Cowley, often simply referred to as Cowley, passed away Monday morning May 16, 2022, shortly after a quiet family breakfast. He was just three weeks short of celebrating his 62nd birthday. Though born in Odessa, TX on June 9, 1960, his parents wasted little time relocating the family to the pine-covered hills of East Texas. David attended Harleton ISD where he played football, skied the wakes of Lake O’ The Pines, and kept the teachers on their toes with his ongoing pranks. Not long after high school, he built his first home just outside of Longview, TX. He started a new job keeping the shop clean at Johnson Crane. This would later prove to be the career field he would excel in. Longview, Texas was home to David, but the Cowley River Bottom Ranch was his forever happy place. He spent more than 35 years in the business building two very successful national crane companies and becoming a leader and mentor in the industry.

David Cowley was a wonderful friend to everyone he met, within the business as well as outside. David cared about everyone, their families well being, their health, and above all their well-being. He wanted everyone to do well.

David’s “larger than life” personality and 100% heart of gold will be truly missed, his never-ending stories of the past making everyone laugh until we cramped will live on in our minds forever.

David loved what he did and loved the people he did it with. He loved his team at BOSS and was very proud of each of them for their hard work, support, and above all the support of the mission and vision of the Company. David was passionate about helping others; he was involved with Combat Warriors, Hannah House, Ambucs, and many other organizations. He had one of the BIGGEST hearts. To know David was to love him.

His love of his church and his pastor was truly David’s foundation and part of his strong Spiritual Commitment. He looked forward to Sunday morning greeting his church family with a smile and a hug, David hardly ever missed a Sunday morning service. David you were loved, and will always be loved and remembered for your kind words, your thoughtful heart, and your passion for people and your work. David, we are going to miss you, but we know you will continue to live in our hearts forever.