Prominent Manassas businessman dies
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.”
| December 1, 2010; 5:36 PM ET
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