|Birth: ||Jul. 22, 1939|
|Death: ||Jan. 23, 2009|
He is a son of Irvin O. Bowden (1905-1982) and Lavaun A. Bowden (1909-1996) and grew up in Midway, Utah.
Norman Irvin Bowden, 69, of Central Valley passed away January 23, 2009 at home after a valiant battle with a brain tumor. Norm was born July 22, 1939, at home in Midway Utah, to Irvin Oleen and Eva Lavaun Alder Bowden.
He learned at a young age the value of hard work on the dairy farm, as well as the love of gardening by his mother.
Norm graduated from Wasatch High School in 1957, then went to Utah State University. He married his high school sweetheart, Kay McDonald, of Heber City, September 17, 1959 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. After graduation from USU in 1961, Norm and Kay moved to Circleville Utah where Norm began his career with the Utah Fish and Game. These were growing up years for Norm and Kay, and Norm was always grateful for the many people who helped him learn the mountains and assisted him in his work. Twelve great years were spent in Circleville and then they were transferred to Roosevelt Utah where after 6 weeks Norm was offered a job in the Salt Lake Office.
Norm's heart was in the fields and mountains and after Jess Winn of Richfield retired, Norm applied and was assigned as Big Game Manager in the Richfield area. They have resided in Central Valley since 1975.
Norm ended his career with the DWR after 37 years of service. He was instrumental in the trapping, tagging and transplanting of thousands of antelope, turkey, chukker, elk and deer to various areas within the state as well as other states. He supervised prisoners in the building of North Creek Lakes and carried the first fish in milk cans to lakes all over the Boulder Mountain as well as the first fish in the Manning Meadow Reservoir. His greatest desire was to see that the sportsman had plentiful upland game, big game and fish in the mountains. He introduced the Rocky Mountain goats to the Tushars as well as the moose to the Fishlake Mountain. He took great pride when he would see a sportsman take the record in getting that big buck, elk, turkey or fish, as he felt he had a part in seeing they were available.
Thousands of hours were spent in a helicopter or fixed-wing airplane doing telemetry work tracking various collared animals. Bowden has been recognized by the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Utah Chapter of the Wildlife Society for his outstanding contributions. He was recognized by the Central Utah Counseling Center with the Community Caring award for his work with the youth. He has been chosen as the outstanding employee of the year and been given several incentive awards by the State of Utah. Norm was asked to be the first mayor of Central Valley and was instrumental in seeing that the community was incorporated. Norm was a member of the Utah Army National Guard, Battery A 2nd Howitzer Battalion 222 Artillery in Richfield and served active duty at Fort Ord California.
Norm has been a master gardener and shared his beautiful garden produce with everyone. He loved to tie flies to catch that monster fish and will be remembered for his Big Lake Fly. He could cook the best meal you ever tasted in his dutch ovens and spent many hours cooking for the school students at Gooseberry, and for the scouts and ward outings.
He has always been active in the LDS Church, serving as bishop, twice as a bishopric counselor, YM President, high councilman, stake financial clerk, Elders and High Priest Group Leader, teacher in all capacities, as well as his favorite position as Scoutmaster. He was the recipient of the Fishlake District Award of Merit as well as the Silver Beaver Award for his efforts with scouting.
Kay and Norm served as missionaries and coordinators at the church employment center in Richfield for two years. They also have been Manti Temple ordinance workers as well as their recent fulfilled dream of serving as full-time missionaries and shift-coordinators in the Nauvoo Illinois Temple for 17 months.
Norm is survived by his sweetheart, Kay, of 49 years and 4 months, as well as his beloved children: Kirk Norman (Maria Topham) Bowden, Wendy Kae (Trent) Cross, Blaine Irvin (Shauna Paulsen) Bowden, and Brent Clift Bowden. He also has eight super wonderful and fabulous grandchildren:
Cassandra, Shaun Trent, and Katrina Kae Cross. William Kirk, Matthew Isaac, and Tyler Carl Bowden. Rex Hunter and Aspen Kaylaun Bowden. His children and grandchildren were the light of his life.
Norm is also survived by his sisters, Barbara (Neale) Davis, Joyce (Vaughn) Clegg, Beverly (Roy) Thacker, and Sharon Young. As well as many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law Roy (Maxine Provost) McDonald and brother- in-law Greg Engberg.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Belva Renae Engberg (1953-1991) ; nephew Kerry Clegg; brother-in-law, Allen Young; and his in-laws, Rex and Fern Davis McDonald.
Norm has always been happiest when he has been in the service of others and was loved by many and will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the Central LDS Ward Chapel in Annabella. Friends may call at the Magleby Mortuary, in Richfield, Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday morning from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Central Ward Chapel. Interment will be in the Midway Utah Cemetery at 4 p.m. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield,
He was a great friend and neighbor. We cherish the memories and will miss him greatly.
Irvin O. Bowden (1905 - 1982)
Lavaun A. Bowden (1909 - 1996)
Created by: Max Turpin
Record added: Jan 25, 2009
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