Born in Denver, Colorado on April 23rd, 1934

Departed on September 25th, 2020 and resided in Englewood, Colorado

David Cottrell Little, J.D., peacefully passed away with family by his side at his family property of 80 years in Englewood, CO, on September 25, 2020. A third generation Colorado native, David was born in Denver to Dorothy Jane Cottrell and Joseph Francis Little, J.D. He married Mary Paula Plank Little in 1956, the love of his life, who preceded him in death, in 2016. He is the third of four siblings; Joanne O’Kane, Betty Starbuck, (deceased), and Marian Reardon (deceased). He is survived by his five children, David (Marcee), Mick (Tricia), Sharon McMonagle (Patrick), Christopher (Christy) and Greg, 11 grandchildren, two great-grandsons, and many nieces and nephews.

A graduate of Regis Jesuit High School in 1952, David was graduated from Santa Clara College in 1956. He earned his law degree from the University of Denver in 1959. He was President of the Cottrell Clothing Company, a family owned business, for many years. He was a life-long member and a former President of Cherry Hills Country Club.

David began his legal career in 1959 as a Deputy District Attorney for the city of Denver prior to establishing the law firm of Montgomery Little with its roots in 1965 ( As an accomplished litigator, he was known as the lawyer’s lawyer. David was highly respected for his ethics and commitment to the rule of law. Many state and local bar associations lauded him with their highest honors, awards, and accolades.

He had a deep love for music and was a talented and self-taught musician. In the early 1970s, he helped form the Colorado Bluegrass Music Society, which started the annual Bluegrass Music Festival at the Adams County Fairgrounds. ( David enjoyed weekly jam sessions for more than 60 years with the many life-long friends, some still picking and grinning. David was also an active member of the Most Precious Blood church community and its choir for more than six decades.

Throughout the years David enjoyed playing golf, billiards, and tennis and attended many of his children’s and grand children’s events. His attendance and support will be missed.

In lieu of any flowers to the family or David, donations may be made to the Swallow Hill Music Foundation, or the Colorado Legal Aid Society,

Please join the family in a virtual Memorial service to be held on October 21, 2020 at 2 PM MDT {}

Guestbook Entries

Peter and Suzy Shields

Wonderful life, lovely family.  Prayers and sympathy to all family .peter and Suzy Shields

October 3rd, 2020 at 6:40pm
Chris Little

David Little, a terrific attorney, father, husband, and friend. He is missed by all of us. Yet, we are so happy to know he is with his loving wife, Paula and his Lord. Slainte and fiddlesticks. Love Chris

October 4th, 2020 at 10:11pm
Jonathan Gordon

Dave was not only a friend but a great mentor who always had time to field a young lawyer’s questions and share his vast experience. A great guy who will be truly missed.  Jon

October 8th, 2020 at 2:37pm
Annie Putz

Dave would take the time to visit with all of us, never making anyone feel as though their contribution to the company’s success was any less than another’s. We will most certainly miss his habit of sharing Duffey Rolls with all of us here at the office! I won’t enjoy one again without thinking of him!

October 15th, 2020 at 4:00pm
Lisa Adams

Uncle David will be missed by all of his family and friends. When I think of Uncle David I think of his love for his family, music and happy memories at the Little’s house on Littleridge Lane. Love❤️

October 16th, 2020 at 6:38am
Sean and Coelene OKane

We’d like to extend our condolences on the passing of Uncle David. His quick wit and contemplative nature will be missed. May his children, grand children and great grandchildren emulate his easy going, contemplative manner. The OKane’s ( in Durango CO.)

October 17th, 2020 at 9:06am

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