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Obituary: Clair Cowley

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Richfield, Utah -

Varsall Clair Cowley, 77, returned to his Heavenly Father Sunday, August 13, 2000, as loved ones surrounded his bedside at his home in Richfield, Utah.

Clair was born May 16, 1923 to Varsall Lee and Sarah Zelda Reeves Cowley in Venice, Utah. He married Bette Jeanne Baker, Sept. 1, 1948 in Richfield with his father officiating. The marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple Sept. 1, 1966.

Clair served in the Air Force in both World War II and the Korean War. After Military service Clair and Bette made their home in Richfield where Clair worked as On The Farm Supervisor for Veterans on G.I. Bill, also at Richfield Feed and Grain. In 1956 he began his career working for the Utah Division of Family Services. He eventually served as Supervisor and Director of that program in the six-county area, retiring in 1985.

Clair's education began in a two-room school house in Venice, Utah, and ended with a Masters Degree in Social Work at the University of Utah.

Clair loved his Heavenly Father, and served him well, as teacher, bishop, high councilman, LDS Multi-regional welfare supervisor, and as a missionary with his wife, Bette, at two LDS historical sites. . .But most of all, his love for his Heavenly Father was shown by the kind of day to day life he lived.

He is survived by his wife, Bette of Richfield, UT; son, Dr. Cris Cowley (Julie), Salt Lake City, Utah; daughter, Becky Blackham (Bruce), Gunnison, UT; daughter, Cari Ann Eubanks (Gary), South Jordan, UT; foster daughter, Ella Mae Morgan (Francis), Gallup, NM; 23 grandchildren, one deceased; two great-grandchildren; brothers, LaVal W. Cowley (Mildred), Granite Bay, CA; Don R. Cowley (Joyce), Brigham City, UT; sister, Verna Roberts (Ray), Venice, UT.

Funeral services Friday, August 18, 2000 at 1 p.m. in the Richfield 5th Ward Chapel, 190 West 400 North. Friends call the Magleby Mortuary Thursday 7-9 p.m. and again at the Mortuary Friday 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Burial in the Richfield City Cemetery with military rites by the V.F.W. Sevier Post #5050.