David Vaughan Henry, 61, passed away on February 16th, 2009, in Walsenburg, CO, of Early Onset Alzheimer’s. He had been fighting this ever-worsening disease for 10 years. He came to the Huerfano in the 60’s after leaving Harvard. He arrived with his guitar and little else, and joined the Red Rocks Commune. David considered Huerfano County his home and had a deep love of Greenhorn Mountain.
David Henry’s life was all about music. He started playing the guitar at age 12, and was a member of many bands through the years. In the southwest, those bands included the Dog Brothers, David Henry & the Heaters, and Peggy & Dave’s Houseful of Heroes. He played for many years at the Taos Inn, the Ore House in Santa Fe, and the Dog Bar in Cuchara. His last two recordings were made with his wife/partner of 18 years, Peggy KempHenry.
David was also a union plasterer, from California to New Mexico to Colorado and was known for his fine workmanship.
David will be remembered for his songs and his guitar playing and his endless love of life. Everyone who knew David has a “David Henry Story” that will continue to be re-told for years! He loved people. He was a fabulous dancer! He loved to perform. His songs ran the gamut from flat-out rock-n-roll, sweet country & swing, and reggae, to very sophisticated political commentary which still ring true today!
David was larger than life. His love was true, his shoes were big, and he ate like a horse!
He is survived by his wife, Peggy KempHenry; his step-mother, Bushnell P. Henry; his brother and sister-in-law, Douglas and MaryEllen Henry; his children, Corinna Laszlo-Henry and Nathan Henry; his step-children, Ella Kemp, Melissa Miller, and Colin Miller; and seven grandchildren. There will be a “Celebration of David’s Life,” place and date to be announced.
If desired, donations can be made to the Alzheimer′s Association, ear-marked for Early-Onset research, which is only 1% of all Alzheimer′s. Mail to: Alzheimer′s Association
Attn. Betty, 4140 Outlook Blvd. Suite B, Pueblo, CO 81008.