Draven Michael Starr-Howell

January 18, 2000 – July 3, 2020
Place of Birth: 
Geneva, New York
Place of Death: 
Rochester, New York
Palmyra, New York

Calling Hours

July 11, 2020 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Bible Baptist Church
6180 Ridge Road
Sodus, NY 14551

Service Event Information

Private Ceremony

Starr-Howell, Draven

PalmyraDraven Michael Starr-Howell, 20, passed away Friday (July 3, 2020) at Rochester General Hospital after a heroic rescue at Sodus Point, NY.

A celebration of Draven’s life will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at the Bible Baptist Church of Sodus, 6181 Ridge Road, Sodus, NY.

In lieu of flowers, Martin’s Tidesides Marina is holding a fund raiser and receiving donations in Draven’s honor at 7250 Route 14, Sodus Point, NY 14555; Lowe’s Macedon has set up a ‘Go Fund Me’ in Draven’s name that can be found by searching on Facebook or directly to the family at 3759 Huntley Road, Lot 82, Marion, NY 14505 to assist the family in this difficult time.

Draven was born January 18, 2000, the son of Atarra Starr and Christopher Howell in Geneva, NY. He attended school in Webster, NY. He proudly served as first mate, with his father and Uncle Victor, rebuilding a boat and its engines for their new venture as ‘Hell Yeah Charters’. He had just become a boat owner himself. Draven worked side by side with his mother Atarra at Lowe’s in Macedon. He loved fishing and camping in the great outdoors. Draven enjoyed evenings with family having barbecues and bonfires. He loved listening to music and singing with an animation only Draven could do so well. He was a huge fan of scary movies, staying up late watching one after another with his mother. He proudly took on the roll of ‘Man of the house’ as helped provide for his family. With love he was always there to care for his grandmother Pat. Draven lived his life selflessly always thinking of and helping others. Meeting him you instantly had a friend with a simple “Hello”. Draven’s nephew Max tells people, “Draven is busy being a superhero in the sky.

He is survived by his parents Atarra Starr of Palmyra and Chris (Tara) Howell of Marion; sisters Sierra, Alahna, Lilyann, Natalia, and Makayla; brother Hayden; grandparents Patricia Starr of Palmyra, Linda Howell of Sodus, Donna and Scott Francis of Marion; aunts Nikki (Ben) Frankie and Jami (Jason) Daily Carolyn (Mark) Perez, Diane (Greg) Jolly and several other aunts, uncles, cousins.

Draven was predeceased by his grandfather Michael Howell in 2016.





True HERO!!   My thoughts and Prayers are with his family and His Lowe's Team During this difficult time.

  Brenda C   Lowes 0004 Seattle WA

My thoughts and prayers go out the the family of this HERO.

As a Lowes Associate myself, I send my sincerest condolences to Dravens family, as well as his LOWES family. Im so sorry for the tragic loss of your son, and co-worker. God calls home the good people , Unfortunately, he was just starting his life. May Draven Rest In Peace, May God Bless his family, and the women he helped to save their lives <3 <3

A true HERO!!!  Rest easy, sir!

My heart pours out to you and your loved ones, Draven. The image of a hero comes in many forms, what you have done by far surpasses all ideals of a hero. May you be welcomed in the loving arms of the Lord and your legacy live on forever. Sincerely from Region 27, FL. 

From store 1059 in Frisco, Texas     Our condolences to Dravens Lowes and immediately family. It's never easy to lose a loved one, Draven died doing exactly what is asked of us all, to love our neighbor as ourselves, and lay down our lives for our friends. what a legacy. He will live on in the lives of many. May God bless his family and friends. 


It is men like you who move this world forward men like you that put hope and peace in everyones hearts and mind your journey on this earth may have ended but your legacy and memory will forever be appart of millions of people who your selfless act touched there hearts i hope that humans can step up and try to follow in your foot steps becuse lead by example and if this world had more people like you this would be a better world

Rest in peace

See you in the next life

Noah Barrier

I didn't know Draven but he sounds like a remarkable young man.  I can only imagine the hole this leaves in your heart.  He is a true hero.  I hope your hearts will heal in time knowing that he left this world doing something selfless for someone else.  Just reading about him broke my heart.  Please know my prayers of peace are  with you in your time of grief.

Such a true Hero. Im sending my thoughts and prayers to Draven's family and community. 

Rest in Heaven 

Prayers for the family both personal and Lowes.  This man was a hero and gave the ultimate sacrifice to save others! Godspeed bother from your Lowes family in Mississippi.

From store 1059 in Frisco, Texas     Our condolences to Dravens Lowes and immediately family. It's never easy to lose a loved one, Draven died doing exactly what is asked of us all, to love our neighbor as ourselves, and lay down our lives for our friends. what a legacy. He will live on in the lives of many. May God bless his family and friends. 

Rest In Peace, you are a true Hero! God Bless the family and friends!

I have never met Draven but as a retired Firefighter/Para-medic now working for Lowes in Orland Park Il (1828) I applaud his actions and the way he lived his life It takes a lot to put yourself out there and put your own life in danger to save another. We have lost a great team member. "There is not a greater gift a man can give then to lay down his life to save anothers" RIP brother.

Sorrry for your loss.  Praying for peace in everyone's heart but always have memories of him.


Monica Olsen

Store #1109

I didn't know you at all Draven.. but just from reading about how selfless you were in youre last moments, brings tears to my eyes. May you rest peacefully Sir. 

thinking of store 2668 at this time of sorrow. thoughts and prayers go out to Draven's Family.May God Bless you all at this time.Kim,store #0077

Praying for your family during this time of incredible loss.

My condolences. Thoughts and Prayers to Draven's family!

Gabby Rodriguez

Lowe's XDT 3449.

My condolences to the family


This story gave me chills, what an selfless man and HERO to say the least!  Our hearts go out to his family, Friend and all who loved him, we are so sorry for your loss. Store 613 

R.I.P Draven - real hero !!!! you are always remembered in our hearts .

My heart and condolences go out to the family and friends of this young man. Im so sorry for the loss of such a heroic person. I've never met him, but reading the article breaks my heart.

I send a ton of hugs from store 1122. I'm so sorry that he died rescuing others. However.. his efforts won't go unnoticed, for those 3 women and their families. You guys have gained a heavenly Angel.


May he rest in peace

Rest IN Power Draven, thoughts and prayers for your family

May god bless his wonderful soul!



You must be so proud to have raised a son who would perform such a courageous act.  To give up his own life to save others is the most selfless gesture I can imagine, and speaks to his character and spirit.  I wish I could shake his hand and tell him how much I admire him.

Condolences from Store 1055 in Fenton MO.

I do not personally know Draven, but I'm an employee of RDC 1449. He is truly a Lowe's HERO!. My heart goes out to his family and the extended Lowe's family that had the privelage of working with Draven.

Christopher & Atarra my depest condolonces for your loss.  Your Son is a true Hero and will always be remembered for his courage and valor. 

A true HERO! Rest in peace.. May the Lord bring peace to the Family

A true HERO! Rest in peace.. May the Lord bring peace to the Family

A true HERO! Rest in peace.. May the Lord bring peace to the Family

This is a very sad time to lose a loved one, but you must all be so very proud of Draven for his heroics in saving the lives of three women. What a brave and thoughtful person to take the chance that ultimately took his life. We will continue to pray for the family that remain that the wonderful memories of this brave soul continue to give comfort.

Our condolences, hugs, and prayers from store 2465. What a brave and true hero. May his memory be eternal. 

With times being what they are, what a selfless act on saving those 3 women.  May you watch over your family and friends.  R.I.P.  Sending prayers to your family and co-workers from store # 1703  God Bless You All.

A true hero! R.I.P Draven from another Lowe's family member. Prayers for your family! 

I dont know this young man but i consider him to be a brave young hero. he is a part lowes so he will always be family to us. special team members like him dont come around often. my thoughts and prayers goes out to this young mans family.

 I am truly and ultimately sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to his loved ones & our Lowes family at store# 2668.

TRUE hero I say...inside and OUTSIDE of work!!

RIP Draven <3

Wow, what a hero!  The world needs more people like Draven in it.  So sorry I didn't get to meet him and prayers for everyone that did.I'm sure they are missing him and his wonderful personality.  The family should be proud they raised such a great man. Love his story just wish it  had more chapters for him and his family and friends.  Prayers from all of us at store #127.

My sincere condolences to Draven's family and his Lowe's team.  He sounds like he was such a courageous and caring man.  Peace and healing to all.

It is selfless acts like Draven's that defines someone's character.  I did not know this young man but I am proud to have had him in our Lowe's family.  My true condolences to the family.

My condolences from store 1962 We will be praying for the family.

What a selfless act.  A real hereo. I would be so proud to call him my son.

My prayers are with Draven's Family. So sorry for your loss.. The heaven's above are celebrating his heroic enthusiam.


RIP Draven.  From one Lowes family to another, you are a hero!  May the Lord bless you in heaven.

Though, I've never met Draven, I'm an employee at one of the Corporate Store Support Centers.  It fills my heart with Joy that he was a Lowe's HERO.  He will be missed by all 250,000 Lowe's employess and in my mind he will be always remembered as a shining example of what we ALL strive to be.  May God, take him in Loving Arms and let you know that he was truely a great man.  God bless and confort you in these trying times. 

So many of us in Lowe's family will never get a chance to meet Draven in this life.His story touches each one of us.  He is an inspiration of the highest values.May the Lord comfort his friends and family through their time of sorrow.

I never met you Draven, but just byy the story I know you were an angel and would help anyone. May God bless you and your family and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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