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Posted at 5:36 PM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Prominent Manassas businessman dies

By Jennifer Buske

A prominent Manassas businessman who also spearheaded the planning of the upcoming commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War died Tuesday, Manassas city officials said.

Creston Martin Owen, 45, was found dead Tuesday evening by a family member in a detached garage adjacent to his Catlett home. Fauquier County sheriff’s officials said Owen suffered a gunshot wound, and it appeared he might have been cleaning a firearm at the time he was wounded. Lt. James Hartman, spokesman with the sheriff’s department, said the shooting is being treated as an accident. An official cause of death, however, won’t be released until after an autopsy is completed.

“Creston was a force of nature for us,” Manassas City Council Vice Mayor and friend Andrew L. Harrover said. “He touched a lot of different people and his leadership was crucial to the success Manassas has enjoyed.”

Although not a resident of Manassas, Owen invested countless hours in the city, Manassas officials said. He was past president and current treasurer for the board of directors at Historic Manassas Inc. and initiated the planning for the city’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the First Battle of Bull Run. He was also president and CEO of Manassas-based Falcon Communications Inc. and served as chairman in 2001 of what is now the Prince William Chamber of Commerce.

Owen is survived by his wife, Sharon, and two children, Ashley and Ryan.

“The Prince William Chamber and the entire community is deeply saddened to learn of the untimely loss of one of its most visible champions,” Prince William Chamber of Commerce President Rob Clapper said in an e-mailed statement. “He will always be recognized for his dedication and passion to making his community the best it could be.”

By Jennifer Buske  | December 1, 2010; 5:36 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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Comments

Cleaning your gun in your garage and a police official states he "might have been cleaning it"...no matter how you slice it if you are cleaning any gun in order to shoot yourself, even accidentally means you POINTED THE GUN at yourself...

Getting shot in the leg might constitute an accident but we know what implications being shot anywhere else means...sounds like a family member induced the official to make this statement to ease speculation,
and I understand their angst, but let's be real here...better to say nothing and let the autopsy speak for itself...

Posted by: pentagon40 | December 1, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Ms Bruske,

Around here there is no such animal as the First Battle of Bull Run.

It is First Manassas.

Got it?


"Although not a resident of Manassas, Owen invested countless hours in the city, Manassas officials said. He was past president and current treasurer for the board of directors at Historic Manassas Inc. and initiated the planning for the city’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the First Battle of Bull Run."

Posted by: jbartelloni | December 1, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

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