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David "DaveO" Owen
September 27, 2008


In Laurenberg, N.C. September 27, 2008 Dave “DaveO”C. Owen died suddenly by accident at the age of 48. David was born in Taunton to his parents David & Elizabeth (Ruble) Owen of Rochester. David & Lauren (Deane) Owen have lived in North Dighton most of his life. He leaves his children Joshua & Jacob Owen both of North Dighton. His sister Susan Owen & her husband Frank Ventura of Rochester. David was a professional motorcycle tuner and racer. Dave started Land Speed Racing in April of 2004. In his LSR career he made over 150 passes with 120 of them being over 200 MPH. His teams, Brock Davidson Enterprise Suzuki and O’Man Racing, have collectively held 18 records all over 200 MPH. His proudest moment occurred in Sept. of 2007 when his oldest son Josh rode Dave’s unfaired bike to a speed of 200.552 MPH and earned his entry into the exclusive ECTA 200 MPH Club! A prouder father just does not exist. Dave’s second proudest accomplishment was achieved during the May 2006 meet when Rick Stetson captured the record and title of Worlds Fastest Naturally Aspirated Open Wheeled Motorcycle by piloting Dave’s bike which Dave owned, built and tuned, to a speed of 222.123 MPH. With this same bike Dave won the Super Streetbike Top Speed Challenge Unlimited All Motor Class in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Dave’s most current accomplishment came at the hands of Charlie Anstaett of Team DaveO. Charlie achieved a record setting top speed of 259.856 MPH piloting his own Turbo Hayabusa which Dave built and tuned while also serving as Charlie’s Crew Chief. Dave was a member of both the ECTA 200 MPH club and the Texas Mile 200 MPH Club. Dave’s top LSR speed was 239.3 MPH achieved at the Texas Mile in March of 2008. Dave also had the opportunity to attend Speed Week on the Bonneville Salt Flats in August of 2008 as a tuner for Scott Guthrie Racing which achieved the top open-wheeled motorcycle record of the meet at 253.297 MPH. He was a fixture at many of the motorcycle drag racing events and heavily involved with AMA Dragbike. He was a tuner for many of the top teams including the 2005 AMA Dragbike 1000 Supersport National Championship team Brock’s Performance with rider Rickey Gadson, the 2006 AMA Dragbike 1000 Supersport National Championship team Brock’s Performance with rider Vince Woska Jr. Dave was a racer’s racer regardless of where he was and always helped everyone including his competition. He never thought twice about sharing his knowledge. Dave attended Southampton College in Southampton, N.Y. in 1979 where he studied marine biology, physics and calculus. He earned his degree in electronics at Rhode Island Institute of Technology in Providence, R.I. in 1986. Dave loved his sons and friends, one of his greatest joys was spending time with Jake watching James Bond movies and listening to Pink Floyd. A funeral home service will be held at the O’Keefe-Wade Funeral Home. 70 Washington St. in Taunton, MA. 02780 on Monday, October 6th at 11am. Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours on Sunday from 4-8pm. Interment in Mayflower Hill Cemetery in Taunton. Donations to the attention of David Owen Memorial Fund, Taunton Federal Credit Union, 14 Church Green, Taunton, MA. 02780

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O'Keefe-Wade Funeral Home
70 Washington Street
Taunton, MA 02780