Gordon Cowden loved life and his family, and he had gone to the midnight movie premiere with his two teenage children.
At 51, he was the oldest of the victims killed in the shooting. The father of four lived in Aurora, but was described as a "true Texas gentleman" in a family statement. He loved the outdoors and owned his own business.
"A quick-witted world traveler with a keen sense of humor, he will be remembered for his devotion to his children and for always trying his best to do the right thing, no matter the obstacle," his family said.
Cowden's teenage children escaped the shooting unharmed.
His family expressed appreciation for words of concern offered in the wake of the shooting.
"Our hearts go out to everyone that has been harmed by this senseless tragedy," they said.
A private memorial service was held for Cowden on July 25 in Denver. Another memorial was held for the Texas native on July 27 in Austin.
A memorial fund has been established to benefit Gordon Cowden's four children. Memorial contributions can be made in Gordon's name at any Chase Bank location.