Rodney Lynne Bavender

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Rodney Bavender passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2024, at AdventHealth Porter Hospital. He was born on the family farm in Marshalltown, Iowa, the second child of Ethel and Lee Bavender. Rodney grew up in various towns along the Front Range before eventually settling in Arvada. He graduated from Arvada High School, where he was active in many school activities.

Rodney married Viola Estrada-Baca in 1999, and they shared 26 happy years together until his passing. He dedicated 47 years to his career as a master plumber.

Rodney loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed outdoor activities such as mountain adventures and 4-wheeling on his ATV. He was also fond of shooting guns and watching Fox News.

He is survived by his mother, Ethel (Leon) Smeaton, one daughter Rosie (Jimmie) Quintana; two sons, Jesse (Amanda) Bavender and Joshua (Tayler) Bavender; two brothers, Randy Bavender and Shane (Kathy) Bavender; six grandchildren: Lindsey Baca, Ashley Aragon, Savanna Aragon, Liam Bavender, Nolan Bavender, and Charlotte Bavender; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Rodney was preceded in death by his father, Lee Bavender; his son, Albert Baca; and his great-grandson, baby Albert Baca.


Memorial Service: April 17, 2024 10:00 am

Zion Lutheran Idaho Springs
1921 Virginia ave.
Idaho Springs, Colorado 80452

Inurnment: April 17, 2024 11:00 am

Idaho Springs Cemetery
Red Fox Lane
Idaho Springs, Colorado 80452

Reception Following Interment: April 17, 2024 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Elks Lodge
1600 Colorado Blvd.
Idaho Springs, Colorado 80452

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  1. Our condolences to the entire family. Rod was an amazing individual. He was a teacher friend and role model. He well be greatly missed.

  2. To my brother from another mother best friend and mentor I will miss you every day! Till we meet again RIP!

  3. Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Rodney M. Bender. Rod was a remarkable individual, known for his unwavering work ethic and his ever-present willingness to lend a helping hand. His infectious positivity and dedication left a lasting impact on those fortunate enough to know him.

    May Rods memory be a source of comfort during this difficult time, and may his legacy continue to inspire kindness and compassion in all of us.

  4. Rod was always a joy to be around and a great teacher. I am thank I got to meet and lear from Rod, he also put me onto PHO which my family and I still enjoy to this day. I wont forget you brother, fly high.

  5. Rod you were always my favorite cousin. We had some great discussions over the years. I always greatly appreciated your sense of humor and teasing. While we weren’t close during the past years, due to challenging family dynamics, I never stopped caring about you and hoping, praying your health would improve. Rest easy Cuz. You will be greatly missed. Love ya Cuz, Lynnette.

  6. The best dang father in law I could have asked for. I’m going to miss all the laughs we had and of course talking crap to each other non stop. I’ve never met someone so strong and that had such a joy for life no matter what it threw at you, you kept fighting and with a smile on your face. Life sure won’t be the same without you and we will miss you like crazy.

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