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Obituary: Joseph LaMar Howarth

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1927 ~ 2004

Joseph LaMar (Tobe) Howarth, age 77, died Wednesday, October 6, 2004 from congestive heart failure.

He was born February 20, 1927 in Salt Lake City, to George Gregory and Goldie Alice Irons Howarth of Nephi, Utah. He married his loving sweetheart, Marion Houghton on October 9, 1948 and later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple.

He worked for the Utah Department of Transportation as a state highway inspector for 30 years where he will always be remembered as a hard worker and whatever he did was thorough and complete. He served our country for 12 years including two tours of duty during the Korean War.

He loved boating and camping with his family. He enjoyed working with his hands and had great satisfaction building and completing things. He and his wife spent their winters in Quartzsite, Arizona where they loved the people and the weather.

He is survived by his dedicated and caring wife who tenderly cared for him during his long illness; three children: Gregory LaMar (Holly) Howarth, Provo, UT; Teresa (Jody) McClellan, Lindon, UT; Sheila (Otis) Hawley, Cedar City, UT; daughter-in-law, Kim (Craig) Allred, Mona, UT; 16 grandchildren, 14 great-grand children with four more on the way; and three sisters: Enid Davis, Seattle, WA; Ina Douglas, Seattle, WA; and Annette Kendall, Nephi, UT.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Valarie; son Jeffery Elmer; and grandson.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 9, 2004 at 1 p.m. at Aspen Meadows 3rd Ward, 2162 East Canyon Road in Spanish Fork. The viewing will be Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Walker Family Mortuary, 187 South Main, Spanish Fork, and at the church on Saturday 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Burial in the Nephi Vine Bluff Cemetery with military honors.

We would like to thank the staff at Utah Valley Hospital, especially Dr. Frischknecht, Rod Newman, and Dr. Allward. Over the years they were not only excellent doctors, but became good friends.

His strength and knowledge he shared with his family, will never be forgotten. His big and giving heart will be missed.

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