In a statement released by the Broncos, the Bowlen family said their "beloved husband and father ... passed on to the next chapter of his life late Thursday night peacefully at home surrounded by family".
Bowlen received one the region's most prestigious philanthropic honors, the Mizel Institute Community Enrichment Award, in 2013, and his name graces a youth development park in Commerce City thanks to his decades-long commitment to funding the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club.More news: FBI Assists Dominican Republic with Mysterious Deaths of Americans
Bowlen's tenure as the Broncos' owner oversaw the prime years of John Elway's career, which included five Super Bowl appearances and two Lombardi trophies.
"My family and I are saddened by the loss of Pat Bowlen, and our hearts are with the Bowlen family and the entire Denver Broncos organization during this hard time".More news: Trump mocked for 'Prince of Whales' tweet
He also served as co-chair of the NFL Management Council Executive Committee, the NFL Compensation Committee, the NFL Network Committee, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Committee, the NFL Business Ventures Committee, the NFL Finance Committee, the Los Angeles Working Group Committee, and the NFL Workplace Diversity Committee. He was co-chair of the NFL management council executive committee from 2010 to 2011 and, as head of the NFL's broadcast committee, helped secure the league's massively lucrative television contracts and pushed for the creation of the "Sunday Night Football" franchise, which has become a constant ratings victor for NBC. He was also an extraordinary leader at the league level during a key period of growth. The Broncos would win the first of their three Super Bowls just weeks later. When I came into the league in 1994, I worked closely with Pat on the NFL's broadcasting committee and he offered advice and guidance to help me in every way. He gave this team everything we needed to be the best and compete for championships, and the focus was always on football.
That impact has not gone unnoticed as many teams around the league paid tribute to one of the great owners in all of professional sports following the news of his passing away at the age of 75. I will forever be grateful for his friendship and support over the years. Pat was a great listener, always asking what was going on, and I learned so much from watching him. Other than his family, nothing meant more to Pat than making sure the Denver Broncos were successful. His shoes will never be filled. We'll continue to take care of his team as if he were here today.More news: Android's Security Key Now Verifies Sign-Ins on iOS Devices
Bowlen is survived by his wife and his seven children: Amie, Beth, Patrick, Johnny, Brittany, Annabel and Christianna.