E. Dennis Rowley, in celebration of his 58th birthday, was released from his five year battle with cancer Monday August 12, 1996.
His loving wife, Consuelo, sons, Evan and Neale, daughter, Denise, daughter-in-law, Heather, and granddaughters, Kylee and Taylor, will miss his twinkling eyes, his wonderful sense of humor, and warm embrace. He is also survived by his mother, May Staples Rowley; his sister, Jean Iiams; and four nephews, Paul, Pat, Jim and Joe.He was born August 18, 1938 in Hudson, Colorado, a son of Edward Arthur and Marry Staples Rowley. He married Consuelo Trujillo April 18, 1961 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He completed military service by serving in the Colorado National Guard and the United States Army. He received his college education at the University of Colorado, Case Western Reserve University and Brigham Young University in History, Literature and Archival Science.
Over his years as an Archivist and Senior Librarian, he held positions as Archives Assistant at Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals of Cleveland Archivist, Curator of Maps and Manuscripts for the Wisconsin State Historical Society, and New Mexico State University Archivist and Executive Director of Rio Grande Historical Collections. While in this position he established the archival program at NMSU. In 1973 he became the Curator of Archives and Manuscripts at the BYU Harold B. Lee Library. He was also an instructor for archival science in the Department of History, and the School of Library and Information Science. He served as the BYU University Archivist for four years. In 1990 he was became the Manuscripts Processor and Accessioner and Curator of Literary Collections in the Department of Special Collections and Manuscripts at Brigham Young University. During his career he has researched, written, reviewed, and presented many articles and papers in his field and received much acclaim and honor.
He is a current member of the Utah Library Association and the Society of American Archivists. He was an avid lover of books and an insatiable reader.
He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He had served in many positions and was devoted to every call he received. Some of those were High Priest Group Leader, Bishopric member, and Branch Presidency member. He was presently serving as President of the ward choir and as second counselor in the High Priest Group.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 15, at 12 noon at the Edgewood Ward Chapel, 180 East 3500 North, Provo. Friends may call Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 East 800 North, Orem, and Thursday at the ward chapel from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. prior to the services. Burial will be in the Orem City Cemetery.
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