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Obituary: Lt Col (ret) Allen Stoddard ""Doc"" Bowen

Our special husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather Allen Stoddard "Doc" Bowen, peacefully passed away at his home in Bountiful on June 8, 1999.

He was born June 28, 1923 in Spanish Fork, Utah, the 8th of 9 children to William Jones Bowen and Gudrun Dena Bjarnason. Doc grew up in Spanish Fork hunting, fishing and working on the family farm. In 1939 at age 15 he enlisted in the Utah National Guard. In 1941 he was called into active duty with the US Army 7th Infantry Division and participated in the invasion of Kwajalein. He received an honorable discharged for his service in 1945. From 1945 to 1950 he was self employed as a farmer and cafe owner. In August 1950 he was again called to active duty as a 2nd Lt in the US Army for the Korean conflict. He retired as a Lt Col on November 30, 1967. During his years of patriotic service he had many assignments including advisor to the Korean Army, Commander of a Surface-to-Air Missile Unit, Surface-to-Air Missile Officer, Staff and Faculty at the Army Air Defense School, and Assistant Deputy for Operations, 20th NORAD Division.Doc married Jean Brown in the Salt Lake Temple on November 16, 1945 and they had two children, Richard and Shauna.

At age 45 Doc enrolled in the University of Utah and graduated Magna Cum Laude in June 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He went on to use his education and love of young people as a counselor at the Clearfield Job Corp where he worked until retiring in June 1985.

For the past 16 years Doc has tirelessly served as a worker in the Family History Name Extraction program for the LDS Church. He was a High Priest in the Bountiful 30th Ward.

Doc loved to hunt, fish, golf and write poetry, but most important to him were his wife and family. He was a man of great love and selflessness who served all he came in contact with. He will be missed.

He is survived by a sister, Donna Wood, Seattle; brother, Clair Bowen, Springville; son, Richard and daughter, Shauna Slatter, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A viewing will be held from 6-8 pm Friday June 11, at Russon Mortuary at 295 North Main, Bountiful. Funeral services will be held at noon, Saturday June 12, at the Bountiful Utah East Stake Center 2150 South 600 East with a viewing at 10:45-11:45 am.