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Obituary: Merlin John Bowen

10/14/29 ~ 03/03/03

On March 3, 2003, Merlin John

Bowen, one of the finest men on earth passed away from this frail existence to take a short journey ahead of his dear companion. His death occurred because of complications following heart surgery.

He was born on October 14, 1929 in River Heights, Utah to Adelaide Honey and Lewis John Bowen and married his eternal companion, Donna May Kendrick, on September 15, 1949 in the Logan LDS Temple.

He had a great love for learning and received two bachelor's degrees from Utah State University in English and Electrical Engineering and his Masters of Business Administration from Santa Clara University in


He served his country proudly during the Korean War and achieved the rank of captain in the United States Army.

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and spent his life in service to others. He enjoyed his various stake and ward church callings including counselor in two stake presidencies in California Saratoga Stake, and bishop of the San Jose 9th Ward. He loved serving as a temple worker in the Provo and Mount Timpanogos Temples and especially treasured the time with his dear sweetheart on a mission in the Tampa Florida Mission.

He loved to write and left a legacy of love in his two family history books. He was a gifted and inspiring speaker and touched so many people by his words, both written and spoken and a life of example, honor, compassion and dedication to our Heavenly Father and His kingdom here on earth.

He left behind his sweetheart, Donna May Bowen and his six adoring daughters and sons-in law, Linda Stringer, Susan and Mark Walton, Sheri and Gene Libutti, Lori and Kim Wadsworth, Dayna and Robert Simons and Gina King. His 33 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren will miss his example, his teaching, his stories and his hugs. He was a good man and the very best husband , father and grandfather. We will miss him so much.

Services will be held Saturday, March 8, 2003 at 10:30 a.m. in the Canyon View Stake Center, 575 East 800 North, Orem, Utah. Friends and family may visit on Friday evening, March 7 from 6-8 p.m. at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 East 800 North, Orem, Utah and at the chapel from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. the morning of the services. Graveside services will be held at the Providence Cemetery in River Heights, Utah at 3:00 p.m. that same day.

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