Hurth, Sisk & Blakemore grieves the passing our friend, mentor, and distinguished colleague Sonny Flowers. Sonny passed away on July 29, 2020 after a valiant battle against pancreatic cancer.
Sonny received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Colorado. For fifty years, Sonny was an integral part of the University of Colorado and Boulder Communities. He served the University of Colorado as President of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, Chair of the Colorado Law Alumni Board, and Member of the CU Foundation.
As an ardent advocate for social justice and racial equality, Sonny was well-known for his perseverance and efforts to make the City of Boulder, University of Colorado, and University of Colorado Law School more inclusive. Sonny traveled Colorado recruiting students of color, mentoring them, helping to establish the University of Colorado Boulder’s Black Alumni Association, and creating endowed scholarships for students of color at both the University of Colorado and Denver University law schools.
The University of Colorado awarded Sonny the 2016 George Norlin Award recognizing him as an alumna who demonstrated a commitment to excellence in his field and his devotion to the betterment of society. In 2020, the University of Colorado Law School recognized Sonny with its Distinguished Alumni Award for excellence amongst solo practitioner and small law firms.
Sonny’s legacy will be forever honored as the University of Colorado Law School will recognize alumni with the Sonny Flowers Award for commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Sonny served in leadership roles in the Sam Carey Bar Association, National Bar Association, Boulder County Bar Association, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, American Board of Trial Advocates, and the Boulder Community Hospital.
In addition to the numerous lives touched and professional accolades, Sonny was a friend and mentor to everyone in the office. There was nothing more comforting than to be greeted by his big radiant smile and infectious deep laugh. Anyone who had the privilege of meeting or knowing Sonny learned something from him and was a better person because of it. He is missed every day, but his legacy will always remain with our law firm.
With enough voices, mountains may indeed be moved.