Leland A. Bowers age, 64, our husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, died Friday June 4, 1999 at Mountain View Hospital in Payson of heart failure.
He was born October 3, 1934 in Downey California, to Charles Henry and Irma Page Bowers. He married Joanne Kirsch April 11, 1955 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The marriage was later solemnized in the Los Angeles LDS Temple.His life was dedicated to serving others, as both a professional and as a caring priesthood leader. He was honored to serve his country in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Korean War. He served as a police officer in Southgate, Long Beach, and Garden Grove, California. While working in California he served in many areas in law enforcement, including foot patrol, undercover vice, Motor officer, S.W.A.T. team commander and he also held the rank of sergeant. While in Garden Grove he received the medal of courage. He was recognized as officer of the year.
After a 16 year career in California, he was hired as the Chief of Police in the City of Springville, Utah. He was later promoted to the Director of Public Safety, overseeing the Fire and Ambulance department as well. He was instrumental in organizing the Ambulance organization. Years of dedicated community service resulted in many civic and state appointments, such as President of the Chamber of Commerce, President of the Utah Chiefs of Police Association, and he was appointed by the Governor to the board of Rocky Mountain Information Network, later serving as Executive Board Chairman. He retired after 20 years of service in Springville. He served on the Utah Juvenile Parole Board. At the time of his death, he was Director of Security at the Missionary Training Center.
He was a member of the LDS church, and was a High priest in the Spring Creek 1st ward. He served in many positions of responsibility, including High Priest group leader, High Councilman in Springville and at BYU, served as a Bishop at BYU, and was currently serving as Patriarch in the Spring Creek South Stake. His legacy is one of caring dedication and love to all he served.
He is survived by his wife of Springville; two sons and two daughters: Terry (Jaylene) Bowers of Riverside, California; Ann (Dave) Farley of West Linn, Oregon; Jack (Natalie) Bowers of Springville; Jill (Lang) Kim of Provo; 15 grandchildren; one sister, Marjorie Remy of Sandy; one brother, Charles Bowers of Westminster, California. He was preceded in death by one brother, J. Page Bowers, and his parents.
Funeral services will be Tuesday June 8, 1999 at 11 a.m. in the Spring Creek South 1st ward, 860 East 200 North. Friends may call at the Wheeler Mortuary, 211 East 200 South, Springville, on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. or Tuesday at the Church from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Springville Evergreen Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, please make donations to the General Missionary Fund of the LDS Church.
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